Great news for the shooting films on DSLR movement, even better news for Lena Durham. Her second feature “Tiny Furniture” has won the juried best narrative film prize at the South by South West film festival in Austin, Texas. An incredible accomplishment for this very talented 23 year old who wrote, directed and starred in it.
The film was shot entirely on the Canon 7D in November last year.
Of course there is nothing stopping this film being shot on any other camera. Am certain budget would have been a strong reason (under 6 figures) and as we all know for the price there is no way you can get a look as good as this any other way. There is no way it being shot on a 7D had any influence on the jury or even that they even knew. These prizes are not given for what they are shot on but for the whole, but still watching this and knowing that movies that are winning prizes are being shot using cameras that you and I own makes this a very exciting time for all of us.
Check out the trailer…
Looks great doesn’t it!? Congratulations Lena on a winning such a coveted prize with your movie. Check out the official website here.
22-year-old Aura returns home after college to her artist mother’s loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, and no shoulders to cry on. Starring Dunham and her real-life family, Tiny Furniture is tragicomedy about what does and does not happen when you graduate with no skills, no love life, and a lot of free time.
22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring, and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. Aura quickly throws away her liberal-arts clogs and careens into her old/new life: a dead-end hostess job, parties on chilly East Village fire escapes, stealing twenties out of her mother’s Prada purse, pathetic Brooklyn “art shows,” prison-style tattoos done out of sheer boredom, drinking all the wine in her mother’s neatly organized cabinets, competing with her prodigious teenage sister, and desperate sex in a giant metal pipe. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.
Lena Dunham writes, directs and stars as Aura, the girl who really wants you to know that she is having a very, very hard time. Lena’s mother, photographer Laurie Simmons, plays the fictional mother of Aura, and Dunham’s precocious sister Grace Dunham plays Nadine, Aura’s precocious sister. Alex Karpovsky and David Call are two very different but equally humiliating romantic interests; Jemima Kirke and Merritt Wever are Aura’s diametrically opposed friends. This is Dunham’s second feature film; the first, Creative Nonfiction, premiered at SXSW in March 2009.