NO DIRECTION debuts at Frameline Film Festival

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NO DIRECTION debuts at Frameline Film Festival

We just got a sneak preview of a hilarious short film NO DIRECTION directed by Melissa Finell which will be making its debut at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco this Pride Weekend. No Direction follows recent grad Jamie who falls in love with the GPS in her mom’s mini-van while desperately trying to navigate life after college.  We got a chance to sit down with Melissa before she headed off to San Francisco!

VP: What was the inspiration for this project?

MF: The idea for the project came from a conversation I had with Harper Gernet-Girard (who plays Jamie in NO DIRECTION) the summer after we graduated from college. I was visiting LA with a couple friends and they brought a GPS to use in the rental car. This was my first experience using one, and I instantly despised it. I found the voice nagging and condescending, and I resented it. When I complained to Harper, to my surprise she felt the complete opposite. She found it soothing, reassuring, and even sexy. I wondered how we could each have such strong, opposite reactions, and it got me thinking. I realized that both of our reactions stemmed from the same post-graduation anxiety, and so the idea for the screenplay started brewing. I knew I wanted to frame the story in this post-grad "Where the hell am I going in life?" sort of crisis, where the main character would form an attraction to the GPS as a coping mechanism for this new-found uncertainty in life. It sort of took on a life of its own from there.

VP:  What made you decide on a short?

MF: Shorts are an art form in their own right, but for me - as someone who is working toward a feature directing career - shorts are a way to practice my craft and get exposure on the festival circuit without needing as many resources as it takes to make a feature.

VP: What were the biggest challenges in making this film?

MF: A lot of the movie takes place inside of a moving car, so my lead had to drive while acting, which isn't very easy and definitely isn't safe. We did get pulled over once because we had suction cupped the camera to the hood of the car for one shot, and I guess that looked