Director Biography – Julia Angley (NOW I KNOW)

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Julia Keelan Angley is a writer, director, producer and editor. She loves dark comedies, coming-of-age dramas, and stories about strong women. She is passionate about creating all kinds of women-centric media.

Originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, Julia has always been interested in storytelling. She studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she started writing her first scripts. After college, Julia worked as a business analyst while earning a Masters in Digital Media from Harvard’s Extension School. At Harvard, she developed a love for creative problem solving and video production. In 2016, Julia moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at UCLA.

Since then, she has been working on a variety of projects, including producing the feature film “The Way You Look Tonight,” premiering in 2019. She has also directed a number of short films.

Director Statement

“Now I Know” is a short coming-of-age film about two young women navigating their friendship and each grappling with their sexuality. With the film, I wanted to explore how we unintentionally trap each other with our assumptions and all the things that go unsaid in a close friendship.

This film was produced during my time as a student at UCLA, and is a very personal story to me. Growing up, as I began to question my own sexuality, I found it difficult to express. As a bisexual woman, I wanted to create a film that showed young women questioning and struggling, an experience that many LGBTQ people experience even as the world becomes more accepting. At the end of the day, we have to accept ourselves, and that can sometimes be the hardest step in coming out.

This film marks my festival debut. I am excited for the opportunity to share this small story about two women finding their identities.

Director Biography – Richard E. Haywood (BOXING DAY)

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I grew up loving going to the movies. I liked the escape and learning about other places. My favorite genre is drama. I feel the power of films can change people and open minds.

Director Statement

I like my films to be about relationships, whether they are family, lovers or friends.

Short Film: BOXING DAY, 7min., USA, Family/Drama

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A father comes to terms with his daughter being gay.

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Short Film: RESHAPING BEAUTY: ROUND IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES, 8min., USA, Documentary

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But we live in a world that is obsessed with one specific, narrow type of beauty. How would our perceptions of beauty change if we dared to idealize other types of beauty?

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