Briefly Gorgeous

Mistaking attention for love, and deprived of both, Caleb will distort himself to whatever shape will make him worthy. Tonight, he'll become unrecognizable.

  • Elijah Barry
  • Elijah Barry
  • Jake McClain
  • Blake Lafita
    Key Cast
  • Erika Stone
    Key Cast
  • Gerard Symonette
    Key Cast
  • Colby Blackwill
    Director of Photography
  • Trevor Moore
    Original Score by
  • Zachary Grant
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
  • Chain Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    August 4, 2022
    New York Premiere
    Best Student Short
  • Arthouse Film Festival
    United States
    December 26, 2022
    Best Surrealist Film
  • Nitehawk Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    March 4, 2023
    Official Selection - Closing Nite
  • YoFi Fest
    Yonkers, NY
    United States
    December 2, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg, FL
    United States
    April 28, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Elijah Barry

Elijah Barry is an independent filmmaker and MFA graduate of the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. One of six children, raised by a single mother, he’s compelled to tell stories for and about working-class families—swelling walls, complex emotions, home appliances in poor repair. He currently resides in 400 square feet developing his short, IT WON’T ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS, and writing a seminal feature, MAKING LIGHT (OF BEING).

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Director Statement

Briefly Gorgeous is not a romanticization of depression. At large it’s a case study on the consequences of Western/American ideas of success—the idea that our value in life isn’t inherent but demonstrated in what we offer others (sex, money, influence, etc.). At its core, it’s a fictionalized anecdote of time spent wishing we were someone else—someone smart enough, handsome enough, rich enough to find happiness in this world.

It’s about mistaking attention for love, and what happens when we’re deprived of both.