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TEARDROP - still #1


World Premiere

Director: Damian John Harper

Germany, 2011, 14 min

Shooting Format:Super 16

Festival Year:2011

Category:Narrative Short

WINNER: Audience Award

Cast:Neal Kodinsky, Damion Omar Lee, Connor J Smith, Julio Cesar Pérez, Ron Braunstein, Glenn Fleary, Justin Harris, Neev Bar-David, De-Anne Dawkins, Vito Baltrusaitis

Crew:Screenwriters: Damian John Harper - Cinematographer: Friede Clausz - Composer: Tina Rupp


One afternoon Dan is brutally jumped and accosted by a gang in his neighborhood. The leader of Dans crew demands that he murder his punisher and thus officially earn his 'membership' into the crew: a teardrop tattoo under his right eye. Dan stands at the most important crossroads in his life, will he kill to be a member or risk walking alone?We see the film through Dans eyes and know what he experiences but do we know Dan?


About the director

Damian John Harper was born in 1978 in Boulder Colorado, USA. After he finished his B.A. in Anthropology he worked as an ethnologist in southern Mexico and as an under water cave dive instructor in Brazil. In 2006 he started his studies in the department of documentary film and advertising direction at The University of TV and Film in Munich Germany. Damian describes himself as a film maker, photographer and damn good father.


Filmmaker's note

I want TEARDROP to confront viewers head-on with the merciless violence that plages Americas most disenfranchised. The filmic reduction of only six scenes told in seamless sequence shots all from our protagonists point of view should evoke the feeling of being trapped in the dilemma, the same way our protagonist feels: trapped with no escape, forced into a decision that will change his life forever.


Director Damian John Harper, Cinematographer Friede Clausz and members of the cast will be available for Q&A after the screening.

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