The dramatic short film Tuned In picked up a 13th Official Selection from the prestigious International Christian Film Festival. The film now has 13 Official Selections 22 awards and 1 official nomination in festivals around the world. Although the film was selected for the festival it fell short of getting a top nomination to secure a screening. But Tuned In director Matthew Marshall is very pleased with the Official Selections. “The ICFF is a festival I have dreamed about getting into. It is high prestigious and it’s a faith based festival. So it’s one of the festivals that it is a pleasure to be a part of. The films we are up against are amazing and the submissions were very high quality and a very large amount this year”.
Marshall is correct with the high numbers of high quality submissions to the festival this year. They received a record number of 503 films from around the world. All the films that were selected can be found at http://www.internationalcff.org/2017-official-nomination/
Tuned In deals with family, relationships cell phones and communication. “Finding the right frequency on a radio is crucial to hearing the program that is on the air. The same is true for relationships”, says Marshall. The film is a story about Emma (Marley Cabral), a teenager who disobeys dinner table rules of her parents and gets grounded until she learns to get priorities straight and learns the value of relationships. “A major part of the story deals with the frustration of Emma’s parents and friend Stacey, none of whom can seem to get ‘tuned in’ to Emma’s frequency and break her connection with her cell phone”, adds Marshall.
Emma is played by London, Ontario native Marley Cabral who relates to the story. Cabral like many other teens, these days relies on her smart phone as her “connection” to the world and friends. “I relate to Emma, in that I know exactly what she is going through in the film”, says Cabral. She goes on to say “phones are the lifeline of all teenagers at this age. We all are so connected to our devices” adds Cabral.
Corina Leatherdale plays Emma’s mom in the movie, and she thinks it’s a film that many families should sit down and watch. “This film will touch families because they will relate to the central themes that this film’s family are dealing with”, Leatherdale says. She thinks it’s a film that teenagers should watch with their parents and then have a discussion about how this might apply to their home and family. Marshall explores that idea a little deeper. “The film is relevant and timely in society today as it explores issues of teens being connected to social media and their electronic devices but not connected to family and other personal relationships,” Marshall says when talking about the film. He goes on to talk about the fact that if people are honest the majority of them, under the age of forty check their smart phones compulsively, especially the younger generation and especially teens. The more people use them the more often the urge is to look at them. “Cell phones are this powerful computer that gives us constant information; the new, the interesting and unpredictable. We feel rewarded with every Facebook post, text and new tweet”, Marshall comments, when talking about the central issue of the film. The need to know what’s going on and be connected all the time, is one of the hallmarks of an addiction. “The use of mobile devices is like a drug. As with any drug over time, overuse can be destructive. It isolates us from the world around us”, adds Marshall.
The rest of the cast is rounded out by Jamie Rainbird as the father, Talitha Wood as Emma’s best Friend Stacey and Brittany Sterling as Emma’s sibling.
Marshall feels this film is a great discussion starter if you want to bring the device dependency issue to the table and, the moral of the story is just breathtaking.
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