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This Fleeing Star

When Sebastian returns home from college, he and his sister Maddie reflect on their childhoods together in the small town of Holland. After an emotionally trying encounter, they are both left to reimagine their lives together and apart.

  • Elijah Comas
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  • Manny Rothman
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  • Jake Rothman
    Key Cast
    "Sebastian Baird"
  • Thea Mari
    Key Cast
    "Maddie Baird"
  • Manny Rothman
  • Manny Rothman
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Occidental College
  • Occidental Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Experimental Forum
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Elijah Comas

Elijah Comas is an actordirectorwritersounddesignercomposer and a theatre major at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He and his frequent collaborator Manny Rothman each make up one half of Reformat Studios, an independent film company based in Lewisburg, PA.

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Director Statement

This Fleeing Star is a reflection of the complex melange of emotions I was navigating as a freshman in college. I found myself lost, without any sense of identity, and isolated from the communities I had once called home. When I learned about Type Ia Supernovæ in my intro-level astronomy class, the idea of a lonely star floating through the void of outer space spoke to me. I also found reverberations of these themes in my and my peer's anger with gun policy in the United States. Out of these inspirations came the screenplay for This Fleeing Star, which is aptly a collaboration between two friends and our younger siblings.