I am Mackenzie

A Film by Artemis Anastasiadou

Synopsis

Caught among toxic masculinity, a sequin dress and a teenage crush, a teen skater, growing up in rural Texas, will have sex for the first time in the back of their dad’s truck. I am Mackenzie is a short coming of age drama about adolescence and the feeling of not belonging; the feeling of being an alien to your home, your peers, your body, your gender. It is a story about rushing towards love, and making mistakes; a story about finding the courage to look honestly at yourself.

Director

  • Picture of Artemis Anastasiadou © Artemis Anastasiadou

    Artemis Anastasiadou

    Artemis is a versatile director from Greece, working across genres both on comedies and dramas. Her directorial work has been screened at SXSW, Austin Film Festival, Athens International FF, Oak Cliff FF, FilmFest Dresden, Cine Las Americas, Film Festival of Drama among others. Her latest short I am Mackenzie (2019) premiered at SXSW Festival (2019) and won the Texas Shorts Jury Award. Her film Calling (2017) received the Award for “Best Film” in the category “Greeks of the World” at the 41st Film Festival of Drama 2018. It was also recipient of the EBW Austin Film Society Grant 2017 and was selected for the 2018 Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase. Artemis holds a BFA in Drama & Theater Studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MFA in Film & Media Production from UT Austin.

Awards + Festivals

  • *WINNER: JURY AWARD*
    32nd SXSW (World Premiere, Official Selection, Texas Shorts, Austin, Texas, USA) March 8, 2019
  • 8th OAKCLIFF FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Texas Student Shorts, Dallas, Texas, USA)June 7, 2019
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    13th LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, California, USA)June 8, 2019
  • 2019 TEXAS FILMMAKER'S SHOWCASE BY THE HOUSTON FILM COMMISSION (AFI Mark Goodson Screening Room, L.A , California, USA)July 23, 2019
  • *TONIA MARKETAKI-BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER AWARD*
    42nd INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF DRAMA (Official Selection, Greece)September 15, 2019
  • 25th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)September 18, 2019
  • 37th CHICAGO LGBTQ+ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chicago, IL, USA)September 19, 2019
  • 17th CURTOCIRCUÍTO - INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)September 28, 2019
  • 13th TISFF THESSALONIKI INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Intimate Category, Thessaloniki, Greece)October 1, 2019
  • 14th TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, WC, USA)October 3, 2019
  • 63rd BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)October 5, 2019
  • FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE LA UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE BAJA CALIFORNIA (Official Selection, Mexicali, Mexico)October 18, 2019
  • PERLEN - QUEER FILM FESTIVAL HANNOVER 2019 (Official Selection, Hannover, Germany)October 19, 2019
  • 16th SAN FRANSISCO GREEK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Fransisco, CA, USA)October 20, 2019
  • 5th BANGKOKTHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangkok, Thailand)October 27, 2019
  • 8th CURTA OF GÉNERO - MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL AUDIOVISUAL (Official Selection, Fortaleza, Brazil)October 31, 2019
  • 8th MOSTRA INT'L AUDIOVISUAL CURTA O GENERO (Official Selection, Fortaleza, Brazil)November 1, 2019
  • 60th THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greece)November 1, 2019
  • KUFSTEIN SHORTFILMFESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Kufstein, Austria)November 6, 2019
  • 2nd LINZ INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)November 7, 2019
  • SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Corrientes, Argentina)November 7, 2019
  • 8th WINCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, United Kingdom)November 8, 2019
  • HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS SOCIETY (Official Selection, TX, USA)November 14, 2019
  • 25th CUCALOROUS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NC, USA)November 15, 2019
  • CARRBORO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NY, USA)November 16, 2019
  • 1st EFSYN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)November 18, 2019
  • PÖFF SHORTS. BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tallinn, Estland)November 18, 2019
  • 7th INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL DUKAFEST (Official Selection, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)November 21, 2019
  • CINESOL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, TX, USA)November 23, 2019
  • AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY (Official Selection, TX, USA)November 26, 2019
  • 3rd OSLO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oslo, Norway)November 27, 2019
  • 6th PORNY DAYS - FILM KUNST FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zurich, Switzerland)November 28, 2019
  • SANTO DOMINGO OUTFEST - FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE LGBT 2019 (Official Selection, Gazcue, Dominican Republic)November 28, 2019
  • 22nd OLYMPIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (Official Selection, Greece)December 1, 2019
  • QUEEN PALM WINTER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)December 7, 2019
  • 1st OJAI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)December 13, 2019
  • 17th LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)January 10, 2020

Crew

Director
Artemis Anastasiadou
Screenplay
Brittany Worthington
Producer
Lauren Izard
Director of Photography
Sarah Hennigan
Art Direction
Arri Caviness
Costume Design
Laura Gonsalez
Sound
Isaac Burns
Editor
Spiros Kokkas
Sound Design
Kostas Fylaktidis, Isaac Burns

Cast

Mackenzie
Shonagh Smith
August
Alan Nguyen
Bill
Dustin Smith
Kathy
Lisa Ashby

Details

Running Time
19:43 min
Shooting Format
Digital 4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2.39 scope
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

The University of Texas at Austin
Elana Wakeman
2504 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX 78712 - United States

DIRECTOR

Artemis Anastasiadou

+30 6972729537
anastasiadouartemis@gmail.com
www.artemisanastasiadou.com/