Pinky

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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Dylan Paffe

Director/Writer

Dylan Paffe

Dylan Paffe

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Dylan moved to New York at 18 to pursue filmmaking. After the success of his short films THE DEED and THE BRIDGE which went on to screen at various film festivals, including New Films/New Directors in Manhattan and the Canadian International Film Festival, Dylan expanded his sensibility while working as photo assistant to renowned artist/photographer Raphael Mazzucco, working with companies such as Intimissimi, SoBe/Pepsi, and Victoria's Secret. From there, Dylan moved to Los Angeles to attend the MFA program at the American Film Institute (AFI) where he graduated with an emphasis in Directing. He continues to expand his craft Directing/Producing music videos and commercials. He is in pre-production on the indie feature AMERICAN FALLS, starring Gabe Fazio ('The Place Beyond The Pines', 'Blue Collar Boys') and Sue Didonna ('Magic City', 'Sopranos') of which he is writer/producer. 

www.dylanpaffe.com

 

Celina Hyojong-Kim

Producer

Hyojong Celina Kim

Hyojong Celina Kim

Celina Hyojong came from South Korea to achieve her dream to be a filmmaker. She gained her bachelor degree in 2009 from Tisch School of the Arts in NYU. She interned at National Geographic Television and became a full-time assistant editor right after graduating. After working on the first seasons of RESCUE INK UNLEASHED and BORDER WARS, she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a production coordinator/producer at RK Media Group. She worked on several documentary projects for television, including I WILL BE YOUR HOME, DREAM IT, and ARIRANG TODAY at RKMG. She graduated from American Film Institute in 2014 and obtained her master’s degree in producing. She is currently working for different media projects, including a documentary feature film, an animation, and a cirque show, at a media contents company.

 

Hannah Wolfe

Story Editor

Hannah Wolfe

Hannah Wolfe

Hannah Wolfe, born and raised in Ohio, received her BFA
from Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia Film Program. She studied abroad with NYU's filmmaking program in Dublin, Ireland, and has won a number of awards for her filmmaking, photography and poetry. At NuImage/Millennium Films and Fox 2000, she wrote script coverage, and was a personal assistant to a producer at New Line Cinema. Her eclectic opinions led her to work as a creative assistant to the vice president of development and production at FremantleMedia, Los Angeles.

 

 

Julian Estrada

Cinematographer

Julian Estrada

Julian Estrada

Julian graduated from the AFI Conservatory in June 2014 with a MFA in Cinematography. Before that he studied film in Peru and Cuba, worked on stage lighting design for theatre, and shot various projects, including feature film Womb (Vientre) with director Daniel Rodriguez Risco. Since graduating he has shot a feature length documentary in Panama, an indie feature in Los Angeles titled Demons, and a feature in Peru titled Not Alone (No Estamos Solos) with Cinecorp, besides several short films, music videos and tv commercials.

He also works as a camera operator, and did the feature films Happy People in the Bahamas with Wanted Media, and Las Elegidas in Mexico with Canana Films.

Julian hopes that in the future he will keep finding diverse stories and talented people to collaborate with in the US and around the globe. Samples of his work can be found at www.julianamaru.com

 

Kedra Dawkins

Production Designer

Kedra Dawkins

Kedra Dawkins

Kedra is a scenic and production designer with a BA in Technical Theatre and Design from Cal Poly Pomona. She has art-directed and production-designed a dozen shorts and three feature films, the most recent feature being a cultural drama, highlighting the discussion of immigration in the US entitled FOR HERE OR TO GO. With skills in costume and fashion design, she has also worked wardrobe on music videos and styled editorial fashion photo shoots and runway shows. She also has experience in network television on Wayne Brady’s LET’S MAKE A DEAL and in the locations department on Ray Romano’s MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE.

 

 

 

Patrick Connor

Editor

Patrick Connor

Patrick Connor

Pat is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design with a BFA degree. His thesis film that he edited and mixed, RECORDING A GAP, won the 2010 Integrative Project Award for outstanding filmmaking. He also earned University Honors and studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia. At LetsTalk.com, Inc., in San Francisco, Pat produced and edited over 100 online videos for such clients as T-Mobile USA and Sony Mobile Communications. Pat holds an EU passport and U.S. citizenship.