Student Filmmaker Dazzles with Fresh Take on Suicide

No Sting Zone | laurelle | October 26, 2015

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By Javier Torres

Rochester, NY – Brian Long’s directorial debut, Darkness, was premiered at the 17th annual Gollin Film Festival this past week to high praise. Citing the film’s use of ‘really cool shots’ and an ‘awesome soundtrack’, Darkness was adored by both critics and audiences alike.

“I’ve never had to deal with depression before, but I’ve definitely been sad. It seemed like a cool film to make.” said Long, admittedly shocked at the success of his first ever foray into filmmaking.

Darkness won in 8 of 9 categories in the festival’s awards ceremony, falling short in the “Best Animated Short” category to Danielle Wilkins’ Blue Balloon.

“It truly is a triumph in student filmmaking,” stated student film critic John Sentori, “from the opening scene in which we find the protagonist waking up in his dimly lit dorm room, to the climactic slow motion sequence set to Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide and Seek’ where we find our protagonist reliving flashbacks of times where he was bullied as a child. This film delivers on all of its promises, and then some.” When asked about future projects, Brian Long remained cryptic in his response. “I was thinking, like, a big zombie film or something. Maybe a film about murder.”


*This article is satirical.