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The Nectar Instead

NY Premiere

Director: Yoo Lee

United States, 2023, 5 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2024


Cast:Frank Thon, Robert Werner

Crew:Writer: Yoo Lee. Producer: Yoo Lee. Director of Photography: Aaron Wise; Lead Animator: Blake Derken; Visual Effects: Diana Arnold; Composer: Joseph Stevens; Sound Supervisor: Matthew A Schoenfeld; Editor: Mengyao Mia Zhang


A young fly gets trapped in the fly trap in the stop-motion studio only to have the existential realization that it spent its entire life chasing after the wrong thing.


About the director

Yoo Lee is a Korean-American writer/ director/animator. She has written and directed 5 stop motion animated shorts in 4 years before obtaining her MFA at USC in Animation and Digital Design after working as a fashion designer for almost two decades.

Lee is a Film Independent Laika Animation Fellow, and Fox Fellow, and her work is currently distributed through the New Yorker Screening Room and Max and her latest film, The Nectar Instead has gotten into over 40 top festivals around the world.

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Filmmaker's note

My reason for creating 'The Nectar Instead' is simple: to convey the message that life is short and we should make the most of it. Life is a dark comedy with an ultimate ending.

I am constantly battling against the flies that come in through the tiniest crevices in my garage studio. It got me thinking about what's fly's life is really about, and I came to the conclusion it's not that different from mine. A young fly having an existential realization that it has spent its entire life chasing after the wrong things, and having to chew 'shit' at times, it really became a story about my own struggles.

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