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Life Drawing

Life Drawing is a short film about a plus-sized college student with low self-esteem, who is bullied into posing for the art students’ figure drawing class.

  • Gregory Earls
  • Gregory Earls
  • Stacey Holdberbach
  • Marianne Williams
  • Sharia Lynn Davis
  • Olivia Nichol
    Costume Designer
  • Beccy Quinn
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
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Director Biography - Gregory Earls

As a post-production manager, Gregory Earls worked on numerous feature films, including The Hate U Give, The Wolverine, and Logan. Earls is a graduate of Norfolk State University (an HBCU) and the American Film Institute where he was a Cinematography Fellow.

He has directed music videos for Poetic Groove/Interscope records, and his short films, Sax’s Final Orbit and Life Drawings, have enjoyed exciting film festival runs and garnered numerous awards.

Earls’ first book, Empire of Light, an Urban Fiction novel about a student’s action-packed European trek to study the genius of Caravaggio, was published in 2011. Gregory currently resides in Inglewood, California with his wife, Stefania, a native of Milan, Italy.

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Director Statement

The Department of Cinema and Power is a short film production company formed by Gregory Earls and Stacey Holderbach in order to raise awareness amongst the general public regarding issues of social justice, body positivity, racial equity, gender equality, human trafficking, and other compelling social and environmental causes through the use of narrative short fiction filmmaking.

Focusing its efforts on producing high quality short fiction films, DCP’s mission is to educate audiences on issues of social and  environmental importance while entertaining them with captivating storylines, artistic direction, and high caliber performances. The company represents the intersection of art and advocacy, concentrating on delivering powerful messages of change while also nurturing new and emerging artists in film.