Comforter

Directed by Cameron Bruce Nelson

A woman gets so stoned she disappears.


About the Director

Cameron Bruce Nelson

Cameron Bruce Nelson is a writer/director whose award-winning first feature, Some Beasts, was chosen to participate at the IFP Narrative Labs, the U.S. in Progress-Wroclaw, and received an Austin Film Society post-production grant. The film went on to screen at both national and international festivals and received a physical and streaming release via Turn Key Films. His most recent short films, Pillars and Comforter, World Premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2020 and 2021. Pillars won the jury award for Outstanding US Narrative Short at the DC Shorts festival and received praise from Film Threat, which called it “brief, quiet, and tightly composed, but brimming with passion and regret and loss.” Cameron is a graduate of Black Factory Cinema's workshop in Cuba, where he was mentored by Abbas Kiarostami. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting/Directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he was awarded a Janowsky Screenwriting Fellowship, the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Grant, and the Lisa Rubin Award for Screenwriting. His producing credits include Frank Mosley's Her Wilderness, one of Film Pulse's Best Films of 2016, and Daniel Laabs' Jules of Light and Dark, which won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Narrative Feature at LA Outfest and New York’s Newfest and was the recipient of a SFFILM/Kenneth Rainin Filmmaking Grant. He has served as the Technical Director for the Dallas International Film Festival, Lone Star Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival, and as an Assistant Programmer for Videofest. More recently, Cameron was a Narrative Features Programmer for the 2021 edition of the Slamdance Film Festival and has served as a juror for the Slamdance Film Festival's Screenplay Competition for the 2021 and 2022 editions. At Columbia University, Cameron taught Non-Fiction Film, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival, and Ronald Gregg, head programmer of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Cameron is an alumni and mentor for The Gotham (formerly IFP) and serves on the Austin Film Society's Film Advisory Committee, where he mentors rising filmmakers. He is currently in post-production on a hybrid film that is slated for release in 2022 and is producing a Palestinian-Australian feature film which is in development. He splits his time between Melbourne, Australia, Texas, and New York City.


War Story

The film was made in 2 hours as an exercise for Ramin Bahrani's Directing Class at Columbia University.


Credits

Cast | Katya Skakun and Moara Passoni

Producer | Katya Skakun

Director | Cameron Bruce Nelson

Associate Producer | Frank Mosley

Sound/Boom Operator | Moara Passoni

Sound Designer | Shaxahs

Director of Photography | Waleed AlQhatani

Production Design | Neda Jebelli

Editor/Colorist | CB Nelson

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