Agnes Baginska (pictured here with David Lynch) says that she is "committed to making films that can unite audiences across time, space and cultural boundaries."
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, The Review
1 June 2017
Agnes Baginska, a graduate of the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts, will be screening her 30-minute movie Last Tree Standing on May 26 at the Cannes Film Festival in France that's attended by industry professionals.
Her film will be part of the Short Film Corner, which features short films with artistic values. Having one's film screened at this venue in Cannes increases the chances that it will be selected by other international festivals as well as making it available to everyone attending Cannes.
Unlike most other festivals, Cannes isn't open to the public. The workshops and screenings are attended by executives, buyers, distributors, agents, and investors.
Ms. Baginska said that the theatrical screening for Last Tree Standing will take place in a Marche du Film screening room in the Palais des Festival, where films are shown on a large screen with a surround-sound system.
Last Tree Standing is a fairy tale set against a dystopian backdrop that follows the story of a young girl named Lexie (played by Maharishi School student Sage Jarmosco), who befriends a magical creature who is half-man, half-tree.
Taken for a freak, the Treeman (played by Lou Bolster) is captured by Lexie's keeper Killian (Steve Kennevan) to be sold to the ministry that buys such mutations. Intrigued by the strange creature, Lexie slowly discovers his story and despite the threat of her hostile keeper, she embarks on a dangerous mission to free the Treeman.
Ms. Baginska had intended to develop a different idea for her thesis film, but the image of a half-man, half-tree came to her and wouldn't leave. Puzzled, she talked to David Lynch, who described a process she could use to let the new idea emerge.
She realized it would be expensive to produce for a student film, but a successful $13,000 Kickstarter campaign allowed the project to go ahead.
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