Director, Writer, Producer: Sydney Lloyd Smith
Producer: Louise Rubacky
Producer: Louise Rubacky
Synopsis: "hello" is a modern fable about an introverted young Brooklynite who spends his days busking as a living statue of The Tin Man, at once immersed in and protected from a disheartening world. His sole companion is his beloved pet fish. When a spirited young woman and her curious pup move into the apartment next door, Herby is roused from his narrow existence.
Screening Time: Program #18, 12:15pm - Sunday, September 30th 2018
Sydney Lloyd Smith’s feature thriller screenplay Howler garnered Best First-Time Writer Award at the 2016 London Film Festival. The script won First Place in the
Hollywood Screenwriting Contest and a Silver Award (second place) from both the Oaxaca Film Fest 6/Global Screenplay Contest and The Beverly Hills Screenwriting Contest. The script was also a finalist for best screenplay at The Canada International Film Festival, The Terror Film Festival and at the New York Screenplay Contest. Sydney’s short narrative film hello, which she wrote, directed and co-produced, received the 2017 Award of Excellence from the prestigious Best Short
Competition and was awarded Best Short at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival.
The film premiered at New York International Shorts in May, 2017 and has since screened at the Kerry Film Festival (Killarney, Ireland), The Montclair Film Festival, The San Antonio Film Festival, The Madrid International Film Festival, The Richmond Film Festival, Lift-Off Global Network Tokyo 2018 and the River Town Film Festival . The film's script was accepted into the International Film Festival for Documentary, Shorts and Comedy (Bali and Jakarta) and was named a finalist for best short screenplay at the Oaxaca Film Fest 7/Global Script Challenge, the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema/BERLIN,
Manhattan Shorts Film Festival and Scriptapalooza's 2016 Short Film Script
In October, 2017, Sydney’s short comedy script Mr. Happy won acceptance to
the Austin Comedy Shorts Film Festival. In 2014, The Present, a short film she
co-wrote/co-produced with Holle Singer, screened at Brooklyn Shorts and at LA
Shorts (an Academy Award eligible festival). Earlier that year, The Black List
awarded Sydney’s one-hour pilot Positively 10th Street high marks along with a
recommendation for staff writing.
I wanted to tell a story about two people who are each challenged in their ability to communicate, and how they find a way to connect. I live near a favored spot for street performers who busk as living statues. My curiosity about the person is inside the statue led to the creation of my lead character Herby, a lonely young Brooklynite who busks as a living statue of The Tin Man. We chose to use subtitles over audio to balance the hearing and non-hearing perspective.
Our successful crowd-sourcing campaign (named a ‘favorite’ by Kickstarter) helped cover the costs of our outstanding post production team, including veteran editor Louise Rubacky, sound designer Lee Salevan, colourist Evan Anthony and the brilliant L.A.-based duo of Matt Fish and David Hopkins, who created our exceptional original score.