Private Project

Mardi Darkness

  • Laura Katz
  • Laura Katz
  • Laura Katz
  • Alexandre Pottin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, drama
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 21, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Video Concurso de Microhistorias digitales
    September 12, 2016
    South American Premiere
    Audience Award
  • Neos Fest
    Central American Premiere
    Special Mention
Director Biography - Laura Katz

After making a bachelor in advertising in Manizales, Colombia, Laura realized she wanted to work in the arts. After spending a year travelling in America, Laura moved to Paris where she attended the International Film School of Paris, with a major in screenwriting.

The more she grew in the arts, Laura knew she wanted to stay crafty and be able to physically build things up the ground. That’s when she started working as a production designer and hasn’t stopped since. With art direction prizes received in festivals for many of the films she worked on, Laura has had the opportunity to work with directors of many kinds and a variety of nationalities.

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Director Statement

Evolution and change are usually observed within a positive sphere, nevertheless and according to the history of humanity, we are stubborn beings reluctant to change and the unknown.

I wrote this short with that thought in my mind. Mardi Darkness shows a small glance in the life of a recent graduate that resists to change, the possibility of happiness and above all the acceptance of his new life. Far away from his family, from what he once called home and his youth.

The short film was made in an experimental fashion. It was initially framed as a sequence shot but it was just evoking melancholy and the chaos went too unperceived. For this reason, I decided to use a split screen technique to tell the story in a more chaotic and voyeuristic manner. It is as though it was seen through monitors that loop the life of a man who refuses to change, remaining so until it merges with the darkness of the screen and the unexplored.