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DN294: Social Butterfly – Lauren Wolkstein


Recently crowded as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2013, director Lauren Wolkstein’s creative body of work, whilst broad in range and style, could be viewed as united narratively by collisions of strangers which often spark moments of self-illumination for the characters who inhabit the off-kilter worlds she builds. We talk to Lauren about this and how the practical differences of shooting in France vs Stateside informed the stylistic choices of her latest short Social Butterfly.

There’s kind of horror and anxiety in the mundane and strangeness in the world that we don’t always see.

Social Butterfly (2013)

A 30-year-old American woman enters into a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.



Author: MarBelle

MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle


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