an AFI thesis film

Michelle longs to escape her past. She is romantic. She is impulsive. She is reckless. She believes that life is something that you get on with, as best you can and with what you’ve got. 

In a decrepit rural town, a young woman (Michelle) is forced to look after her volatile teenage brother (Clay) while their mother is away battling issues with substance abuse. In effort to escape the toxicity of her home life, Michelle is compelled to ditch town with her lover, Tom, who has plans for a brighter future. When Clay finds out about Michelle's intentions at a farewell party, his self-destructive behavior grows to a boiling point, forcing Michelle to face the demons she longs to escape.




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To share Pinky's story we are dependent upon support from family, friends, and third party contributors. 

PINKY is currently in the festival circuit - any support still counts! Submitting to festivals around the globe is a costly endeavor, your support allows us the opportunity to submit to a number of film festivals, and to not only share this story, but also help PINKY find the audience it deserves!

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