Susan & Leslie

Susan and Leslie is a short documentary following a married couple from Arkansas with visual impairments as they prepare to go to the grocery store.

  • Claire Barnett
    Director
  • Claire Barnett
    Producer
  • Susan Anderson
    Key Cast
    "Susan"
  • Leslie Anderson
    Key Cast
    "Leslie"
  • Claire Barnett
    Cinematographer
  • Claire Barnett
    Editor
  • Claire Barnett
    Sound Mixer
  • Matthew Magdefrau
    Colorist
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - NYU Tisch Graduate Film
  • New Orleans Film Festival
    New Orleans
    United States
    November 3, 2022
    Regional Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    Witchita, Kansas
    United States
    September 30, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Bentonville Fim Festival
    Bentonville, Arkansas
    United States
    Honorable Mention
  • Slamdance Film Festival
    Park City Utah
    United States
    January 20, 2023
    Utah Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Hot Springs Documentary Festival
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    United States
    October 8, 2022
    Regional Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Arkansas Cinema Society’s Filmland Film Festival
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    United States
    November 6, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Claire Barnett

Claire Barnett blends the mundane with the otherworldly as she probes the experiences of people living in the American South. Her short films have played at a number of festivals including Slamdance Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Claire received her BFA in Film at the University of Central Arkansas while living in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, and is now based in Brooklyn getting her Film MFA at NYU Tisch.

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Director Statement

My mom met Susan in Bible Study eight years ago and became instant friends with her. Susan and Leslie have been a part of our family for years now, coming to family dinners, weddings, and Christmas celebrations. Since I met them, I have been so inspired by the way they live their lives together. They each see the world in such a beautiful and unique way, and help each other navigate things made without them in mind with such grace and respect for one another. They make a great team. Making this documentary in my hometown of Little Rock was one of the great joys of my filmmaking career so far, and the process of creating it has given me a newfound respect for my friends and two people I look up to greatly, Susan and Leslie.