(Concept short film)
In this living memoir, a young traveler explores love, vulnerability, confidence, and acceptance in the small town of Amantea, Italy.

  • Zoey Kriegmont
  • Pietro Bonavita
    Key Cast
  • Zoey Kriegmont
    Key Cast
    "Young Traveler"
  • Jeff Halligan
  • Maria Francesca Cianciaruso
  • Simona Loghin
  • Jeff Halligan
    Sound Desgin
  • Aidan Redmond
    Original Music
  • Zoey Kriegmont
    Director of Cinematography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Art, Coming of Age, Romance, Reflexive Documentary, Memoir, Biopic, Film Noir, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 21, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 13 Pro
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • La Guarimba Film Residency
    September 21, 2022
  • Pan Eros Film Festival
    Seattle, WA
    United States
    April 15, 2023
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival

    Best First Time Filmmaker
  • Roma International Film Festival

    Best Experimental Film (Jury Special Selection)
  • Lift-Off Global Network Online Film Festival

Director Biography - Zoey Kriegmont

Director Zoey Kriegmont grew up in Juneau, Alaska and moved to Monterey, California at the age of 18 to attend CSU, Monterey Bay. While in school, Kriegmont began figure modeling for esteemed sculptor Richard MacDonald, among other artists in the Bay Area, and was a frequent theatrical lead in Eclectic Collective Productions. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mathematics, Kriegmont relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. After eight months of method and commercial training and acting in a handful of music videos, commercials, and indie features, Kriegmont applied for the La Guarimba Film Residency program in Amantea, Italy. Her film, ZOI, shot entirely on iPhone 13 Pro in the span of ten days, is her directorial debut. Kriegmont is currently based in Los Angeles, and works primarily as a figure model for notable institutions such as Art Center, LCAD, LAAFA and Otis. Along with the post-production and circulation of ZOI, Kriegmont is working on a series and feature length adaptation, as well as an exhibition of her curated photography prints.

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Director Statement

This film, ZOI, has been brewing for awhile. It wasn't until I was accepted into the La Guarimba Film Residency and began researching anything remotely about Italy that the idea fully formed. The film "The Artist and the Model" was the main inspiration. As a figure model myself, I am quite interested in media describing what the career and relationships are like. So often, muses are nameless features in an artist's career. I wanted to flip the perspective, to show the inter and intra personal experiences of a muse, a model, a traveler, a woman.
This film makes many creative choices: black and white, non speaking, vertical aspect, filmed entirely handheld on an iPhone 13 Pro, mostly comprised of one take shots. It provides a literal and emotional "slice of life", creating a dialogue about the complexities of confidence and vulnerability in a coming-of-age style.