MILK, a not-so-futuristic short film, loosely explores the concept of freedom in a controlled environment. The character is monitored closely while he works, and feels trapped in his residence and city. When the character leaves his apartment, he finds freedom through song, even while he is being watched by security cameras and street-goers. This short film explores the philosophical concepts of Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy of the residual freedom of an individual, or lack-there-of, in a state of surveillance and capitalist exploitation. While under a veil of voyeuristic control, how can we truly be free to shape our lives?—given Sartre's assertion that it is the responsibility of all individuals.

How 'free' is freedom?

  • Montgomery Langford
  • Monty Langford
  • Monty Langford
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    4 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 13, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    650 USD
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  • Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF)
    April 8, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Prague International Indie Film Festival (PIIF)
    Czech Republic
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Montgomery Langford

Monty Langford started his film career in Toronto, Ontario, in 2018. He started working as a post-production Coordinator, working on projects such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, Hobbs & Shaw, and Monster Hunter. Monty later transitioned into working on the sets of short films and music videos, cutting his teeth as a PA, and part of the G&E teams. Soon after, Monty realized his passion for writing and directing, and has been building a portfolio to show the world.

Monty’s favourite film genres are adventure, historical, fantasy, and science-fiction, while saving some time for a good comedy.

"I love telling stories, and I love the hustle on set. I hope to one day make something as epic as my favourites and cause someone to cry like I do every time a Phil Collins song comes on in Disney’s animated Tarzan, from 1999."

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Director Statement

Colours/lighting were inspired by Blade Runner (1982) and shadows (internal) were inspired by Casablanca (1942).