a short film.
80/20 is a narrative short film about moving through grief in unexpected ways. When Chelsea, a whip smart lady of the night, sneaks away for a relaxing solo weekend in her client Keller’s cabin, she gets quite a surprise when Keller’s wife Marie shows up with a bag of ashes to scatter at the family home. Plot twist: the ashes are Keller’s. While Marie knows that Keller had frequent extramarital affairs, some of them with women he supported financially, she is unprepared to come face to face with that reality. Chelsea breaks the tension between them, breaks down some of Marie’s stereotypes about what it means to be an escort, and eventually breaks through Marie’s tough exterior so they can begin to heal from their loss. The film is a brief, intimate look at two women who cared deeply about the same man.
Andi Avery was born in New York, where she learned to give her unvarnished opinion on just about everything. After a promising childhood defined by an incorrigible book habit, and 4 years in an intensive acting and directing program, she dropped out of an all-girls private college after 8 months. She spent the next decade trying to assuage her guilt by obtaining as many odd certifications as possible as she tried to find her niche. The yoga teacher-cum-sommelier-cum-wildlife veterinary technician-cum-sex worker (sure, you can add a rim shot in there if you like)-cum-stuntwoman finally pulled her shit together in 2015 when she conceptualized a film based on her experiences in sex work. Leaving Charlie was shot in 2016 by a crew of 40 women & non-binary individuals. The narrative short has made rounds on the festival circuit, landing her 3 awards for her directing. Most importantly, it finally allowed her to utter the only statement that got a bigger eye-roll from Mom & Dad than her job as a stripper: “…but what I really want to do, is direct.”
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Kate E. Hinshaw is a tactile filmmaker and cinematographer who works with digital and film cameras alike. Coming from an experimental background, she is interested in using the cinematic gaze to render visible the interiority of the feminine. Tactily, she works with 16mm and super 8mm film through bleaching, scratching, painting, and burning the emulsion in order to tell stories through color and texture. Her work has screened at Atlanta Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Indie Grits, and several small festivals. She earned an MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Spring 2020 where she was awarded a teaching excellence award for her work as a digital cinematography instructor. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she publishes and curates Analog Cookbook—a film zine that celebrates and shares knowledge of analog filmmaking, darkroom processes, and features artists from all over the world.