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First off, thanks so very much to those of you who submitted your films to our December contest. You guys delivered a particularly fresh and exciting batch of entries! A big thank you also goes out to our judges—Ira Sachs (Keep The Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue), Matt Grady (Factory 25), and Penny Lane (The Voyagers)—for carving some time out of their busy schedules to judge this month’s contest.

Well, it was bound to happen, and this month, it finally did. When the judges’ votes were tallied up, two films had the same number of votes. Which means that this month, we don’t have a runner-up at all. Instead, we have two winners!

Someone Else’s Heart (Zachary Wigon, 17:29)

In Someone Else’s Heart, writer/director Zachary Wigon explores his own suspicions about the puzzling direction in which romantic human interaction has been heading in the early 21st century. Though Wigon’s film asks more questions than it answers—in a good way, mind you—by the end, his point is made very clear: before you start dating someone, you should probably actually meet them first. Read the full HTN review.



A World For Raúl (Mauro Mueller, 15:00)

With A World For Raúl, Mauro Mueller bravely recounts one of those adolescent incidents that can forever shape the course of a youngster’s life. Though his approach to this sensitive material is bracingly frank, Mueller’s direction never feels exploitative or sensationalistic. A World For Raúl is too busy stinging with real, honest emotion for that. Read the full HTN review.


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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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