Laurel Parmet’s SXSW short ‘Spring’ is an intimate look at one defining afternoon in a teenage girl’s life.
When it comes to short filmmaking, the adage “less is more” is never more relevant. Even if your idea is grandiose, it’s imperative to keep your scope small. It’s films that heed this directive—just a few actors, one or two locations, scripts spanning a short window of time—that have the best chance at success on the festival circuit.
Laurel Parmet got the memo. The NYU grad student’s short film, Spring, premiering at SXSW this week, takes place over the course of one afternoon, in one location, starring just two actresses. As a result, we spend just enough time with the main character to get a glimpse into an important turning point in her internal life—and we’re left wanting more. While taking salacious pictures for her friend’s modeling portfolio, teenage Amanda realizes she harbors some confusing feelings. Is it lust? Envy? A passing fancy?How This SXSW Short Film Director Learned to Get What She Wanted on Set