Private Project

Thanks For Being Yourself

A man plagued by insecurities and a fractured sense of reality must repair a damaged relationship with his partner, while the two of them ride a train through Northern California.

  • Philip Brubaker
    Director
  • Philip Brubaker
    Writer
  • Lívia Campos de Menezes
    Producer
  • Alexander Hero
    Key Cast
    “Alex”
    Overwhelm the Sky
  • Audra Smith
    Key Cast
    “Elizabeth”
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 4, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    850 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone SE
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Philip Brubaker

Philip attended NCSA's School of Filmmaking from 1998-2000 and later got his graduate degree in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. He has made over 100 video essays for Fandor.com. In 2010, he received a grant from Eli Lilly, a Voice Award and an Editing prize from the First Glance Film Festival for his documentary, "Brushes With Life: Art, Artists and Mental Illness". His experimental and documentary work has been screened at over a dozen film festivals around the world. He is a member of Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School.

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Director Statement

This film is about a long-term couple coping with change in their home and their relationship. I took a semi-surreal approach to address issues I could not explore only with dialogue. My film juxtaposes new iPhone video with 16mm amateur film of the Bay Area from the 1920's. Filmed without permission on an Amtrak train traveling along the Capitol Corridor.