In the Pines took home the award for Best Drama Short at the 45th edition of the Paris Play Film Festival in Paris, France, this week. In the Pines, directed by Dugan Bridges, tells the story of a group of friends in turn-of-the-century North Carolina (USA) who get caught up in a massively violent campaign of propaganda and violence that swept the southern state in the lead-up to the Wilmington Coup of 1898.
In the Pines also took home awards for Best Performances (Ensemble Cast), Best Costumes & Makeup, and Best Set Design. The cast includes Pandora Broadwater as Scarlett Manning, who tells her tale to a less-than-forthright camera crew in the mid-1960s. Her story is one of lost youth, political intrigue, and racism. In union with the major newspapers, the political leaders of the past concoct a plot to retake control of North Carolina. Scarlett is the daughter of the publisher of the only black daily newspaper. Her father (played by Kamary Phillips) is the only one brave enough to stand up to the lies of the major newspapers. Young Scarlett (Amara Ayler) tries to help her father get the truth out and save her friends before it’s too late.
John Potvin and Corrinne Mica play Sam and Ashleigh, Scarlett’s friends, whose doomed love affair across the political divide undergirds the tragedy. Robbie Allen plays the evil Lyman who wants Ashleigh for himself and Sam dead. Thomas McCarthy plays Ashleigh’s father, who runs the dominant newspapers of the time. He seeks political power and lends his talents to help Charles Aycock (John Capocci) and Furnifold Simmons (John L. Shortt) win the election of 1898, reassuring their control of North Carolina indefinitely. Rob Priester & Raphael Siary portray the violent redshirts. Agather Levi rounds out the ensemble as Fiona.
Stepanie Aman of Cape Fear Costumes created the costumes. Herita Jones led the makeup team, including makeup assistants Olivia Rose Thompson and Rayna Weil and hair stylist Jamie Warzel. Production Designer William H. Capps and set decorator Kendyl Cosgrove took home the award for Best Set Design.
The Paris Play Film Festival is held at the Bastille Majestic Cinema in Paris, France. Other countries represented at the 45th session of the festival include the United Kingdom, Italy, France, China, the Netherlands, and Denmark. In the Pines has also won Best Short Short Feature at Nyack International Film Festival and has upcoming screenings in San Diego, CA, Memphis, TN and Franklin, TN.
In the Pines
running time: 19 minutes
Directed by Dugan Bridges
Produced by Greg de Deugd