PONY is a genderqueer take on the traditional coming-of-age narrative. Set in the late-90s, our protagonist, Zoe, a masculine-of-center preteen who is AFAB (assigned female at birth), grieves the death of their twin sibling on the eve of their birthday. Over the course of the day, tensions and dysphoria swirl as Mom tries to connect with Zoe. Meanwhile, Zoe’s romantic feelings for Kayley come to a head. It’s not until after Zoe’s best friend, Kayley, storms out of the birthday part that Mom has a revelation about Zoe’s truth, and a true bond of understanding is forged between them.

  • Halo Rossetti
  • Halo Rossetti
  • Meaghan Wilbur
    Nia on Vacation; When Jeff Tried to Save the World; AWOL
  • Kathryn Foley
  • Halo Rossetti
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    33,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Temple University
Director Biography - Halo Rossetti

Halo Rossetti (they/them) is a writer, director, performer, and artist, worldbuilding positive futures in the husk of the capitalist experiment. Their short film, SUNRIDER, premiered at Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival in Phoenix, AZ in September 2018, and was featured at a MONO NO AWARE screening at Anthology Film Archives in New York in April 2018. SUNRIDER was also officially selected for Lift'Off's First-Time Filmmaker Sessions, September 2019, for The Bush Films' Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Films screening in August 2020. Rossetti’s short film, The French Chef with Julia Child: Abortifacient Herbs, premiered and was a finalist in the Get Free Film Fest in Los Angeles, 2019, and was the featured video for Vox Populi's 4th Wall film and video program, September 6–October 13, 2019. Rossetti was Temple University's nominee for the Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan Discovery Student Award 2020, with their TV pilot, WELL. They are currently the 2021 Circle of Confusion Writers Discovery Fellow.

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