Mole People

Cultures clash when desperate yuppies in search of affordable housing move in alongside subway tunnel dwellers.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
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    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2019
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

Mole People is drawn from a script I wrote years ago in New York, where I first learned about the so-called "mole people" who lived in the subway tunnels. As I learned more about these fascinating people, I began to wonder if we all couldn't be driven down underground at some point by various forces in society. I wrote about a dystopia where the only affordable dwellings were below ground in the tunnels, and wondered about the potential for culture clash between the original mole people and the newcomers. In this version, Sophos, one of the tunnel ancients tells us the story of one such encounter. The story is helped along by some fantastic street art from an alleyway in Vancouver as well as some original pastel art.