Experiencing Interruptions?

Look at Lucas

A young boy wants to play with his mom at the beach but first he has to get her off her phone.

  • Agustin S. McCarthy
    Director
  • Jessica Frances Dukes
    Key Cast
    "Lacey"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Harlem International Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Woods Hole Film Festival

    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • CUNY Film Festival
    New York
    Best Short
  • New York Shorts Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Awareness Film Festival

    Merit Award
  • Jelly Film Festival

    Finalist
  • New York Lift-Off Film Festival

    Finalist
  • Best Shorts Competition

    Finalist
Director Biography - Agustin S. McCarthy

Agustin S. McCarthy, aka "Shon," is an independent filmmaker with an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Agustin's films have been distributed internationally and won awards at numerous festivals including Harlem, Woods Hole, Hamptons, Palm Springs and Telluride.

Agustin has written a variety of award-winning feature screenplays including "Muhammad and Mary," "La Gringa," and "Pansy," which won the IFP Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award, the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition and a Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Award.

An Assistant Professor at City University of New York (BMCC), Agustin is currently working on several film projects: "Finding Bernie" – a documentary about their search for trans and non-binary historical figures, including their family's gender non-conforming cleaning person from the 1970's and "My Name Is Debra J. Hopkins" - a dramatic adaptation of a memoir about a Baptist minister struggling to overcome symptoms of trauma as she fights to reveal the truth about what happened to her when she was falsely accused of a violent crime.

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Director Statement

We live in a time when our attention spans seem to be getting shorter and shorter. Multi-tasking is the norm. We can’t pull ourselves away from our phones. The result? Devices designed to deepen our connection to the people around us have left many of us disconnected.

This societal phenomenon is the basis for “Look at Lucas.” I was interested in exploring the impact of addictive technology on our lives and our most intimate relationships.

My intention was to present this all-too-human dilemma without passing judgement. We’re all in the same boat. And we can all benefit from that little boy’s reminder to put down the phone, pause, and look around to take in what is right here in front of us.