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"Lonely Girl" by Daphne Gardner

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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2008

Presented at UMBC's 12th annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day:
"Lonely Girl" is a narrative film that follows a young girl's evolving relationship with a pillow. The film is a study of the natural tendency of humans to avoid painful realities by substituting the inanimate and the imaginary for real experience. The main character in the film suffers multiple rejections and compensates by romancing an inanimate object, a giant pillow. The film was shot in 16mm black and white using Bolex cameras from the UMBC film cage. The film was cut, spliced and edited on a Steinbeck machine. The musical pieces that accompany the film are "Claire de Lune" and "Deux Arabesques No. 1 in F minor" both by Claude Debussy. I conceived, shot, starred in, and edited the film myself with the help of many friends. Evolving from its original conception of a self-deprecating view of my own personal relationships, the story of "Lonely Girl" finished as an optimistic look at how one can deal with the physical and emotional pain that are so often a part of real relationships.

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