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ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

We're honored to have the World Premiere of The Liberty at the 2018 Ashland Independent Film Festival! As one of only 27 narrative short films selected at AIFF (frequently rated in the Top 50 worth the fee by MovieMaker Magazine), we look forward to visiting Ashland this April 2018. 

afi thesis expo

The Liberty will kick off the American Film Institute's first ever Thesis Expo, an all day event showcasing the work of the class of 2017. April 2018

twister alley film festival

We're honored to be selected by Twister Alley Film Festival, rated one of the 2017 Top 50 Festivals worth the fee by MovieMaker Magazine. May 2018.

 

story


 Michael Chieffo, as Harry Macaulay in THE LIBERTY

Michael Chieffo, as Harry Macaulay in THE LIBERTY

premise

When their family's classic movie palace is threatened, a whimsical father throws a grand show to save it, while his daughter struggles to save him.


 Michael Chieffo as Harry Macaulay, and Amelia Morck as Lily Macaulay,             in THE LIBERTY

Michael Chieffo as Harry Macaulay, and Amelia Morck as Lily Macaulay,             in THE LIBERTY

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The film is about lonely individuals fighting for humanity in the face of mad, blind, greed and corruption. The stakes are high: whether the modern world has become enslaved by systems we created – politics, capitalism, technology – or whether individuals have the power to fight for the things they love. The story asks the question: Can idealists exist in our world?

A feeling we want to evoke is that of being an anachronism, the heartbreaking nostalgia for something that may no longer exist in this world, the feeling of being at odds with the people of this time, alienated from the current zeitgeist. The structure of the story itself is inspired by the films of Frank Capra, the kind of classic narrative that has almost disappeared from modern cinema, where viewers feel their hearts in their throats, they care so much for the characters.

The story is not proclaiming the superiority of the past. It is urging the importance for each generation, each individual, to fight for the things that matter, the things that define us as human. We must not be cowed by comfort and apathy, controlled by our technology. We must consciously decide our path.

 



filmmakers


the team

 The Team

 Jill Sachs | Director/Writer

Jill Sachs | Director/Writer

 Jason Don | Producer

Jason Don | Producer

 Allie Schultz | Cinematographer

Allie Schultz | Cinematographer

 Keara Burton | Editor

Keara Burton | Editor


about afi


american film institute conservatory

 

At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers. The Conservatory is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools.

With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program.

Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.

 

notable alumni

  • Andrea Arnold (Directing '91)
    FISH TANK, RED ROAD

  • Darren Aronofsky (Directing '92) 
    BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

  • David Lynch (Directing '70)
    BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE ELEPHANT MAN

  • Terrence Malick (Directing '69) 
    BADLANDS, THE TREE OF LIFE, THE THIN RED LINE

  • Sam Esmail (Directing '04)
    MR. ROBOT (also as creator/executive producer/writer), COMET (also as writer)

  • Pieter Jan Brugge (Producing '79) 
    HEAT, THE INSIDER

  • Anne Garefino (Producing '88) 
    SOUTH PARK (as executive producer), THE BOOK OF MORMON

  • Steve Golin (Producing '81) 
    BABEL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT

  • Brad Falchuk (Screenwriting '94) 
    AMERICAN HORROR STORY, GLEE, NIP/TUCK

  • Scott Frank (Screenwriting '84) 
    MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT

  • Susannah Grant (Screenwriting '91) 
    ERIN BROCKOVICH, THE SOLOIST

  • Janusz Kamiński (Cinematography '87) 
    BRIDGE OF SPIES, SCHINDLER'S LIST, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

  • Matthew Libatique (Cinematography '92)
    IRON MAN, PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

  • Wally Pfister (Cinematography '88) 
    BATMAN BEGINS, INCEPTION, MEMENTO

  • Robert Richardson (Cinematography '79)
    DJANGO UNCHAINED, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE HATEFUL EIGHT

  • Bryan Felty (Production Design '92) 
    BLACK MASS, THE HEAT (both as art director)

  • Andrew Max Cahn (Production Design '92) 
    THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PARTS 1 and 2, THE HANGOVER (both as art director)

  • Sharon Seymour (Production Design, '84) 
    ARGO, THE TOWN

  • Christopher Gay (Editing '06) 
    12 MONKEYS, MAD MEN

  • Affonso Gonçalves (Editing '93) 
    BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, CAROL, WINTER'S BONE

  • Steven Rosenblum (Cinematography '76) 
    BRAVEHEART, THE LAST SAMURAI (both as editor)

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