Sweep (2014) - Dir. Spencer Gillis, 13 min., USA
Three men meet in a strained chance encounter at a local recycling center. A tense exchange transforms into a remarkable bond transcending their differences, but a startling arrival leads to an unforgivable parting.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
With his 2013 short film, GUN, Spencer Gillis marked his directorial debut by premiering in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. GUN screened at over fifteen festivals world-wide earning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, qualifying the film for consideration in the 2014 Academy Awards. GUN also garnered Best Actor and Best Narrative awards at Hollyshorts Film Festival. The film is now being distributed by SHORTS INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
Spencer's professional background includes experience as a camera assistant spanning more than twenty feature films – including SHAME, BLUE VALENTINE, ARBITRAGE and OUR IDIOT BROTHER – in addition to work in documentary, episodic television, commercials and web content. Spencer credits his philosophy and style of direction to years spent on set observing the process up close – particularly his work with directors Derek Cianfrance and Steve McQueen.
Spencer has recently transitioned professionally into camera operating. His work illustrates a wide range of shooting styles: reality television shows for DISCOVERY, TLC, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, webisodes for 30 ROCK, and operating on the THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW, and HBO's THE LEFTOVERS. He is currently the b-camera operator on the Netflix original series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.
Gillis, a Kansas native, previously studied at the University of Iowa where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Master of Arts in Film Studies.