AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

A tense chance encounter at a local recycling center leads to an instant friendship— which in turn leads to a bitter moment of reckoning. SWEEP is a compelling tale of fear, fatherhood, and racism.
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Written/Directed by Spencer Gillis - spencergillis.com, @spencer_gillis
A 2.35 Production - twothreefive.nyc, @two_threefive
Starring Luke Robertson, Tishuan Scott, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Alexis Suarez
Produced by Nicole Cosgrove, James Daly
Cinematography by Ludovic Littee - ludoviclittee.com
Edited by Erin Casper, Adam Brown
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SCREENINGS:
2015 Cleveland International Film Festival (World Premiere)
2015 Aspen Shortsfest
2015 Athens International Film + Video Festival
2015 Dallas International Film Festival
2015 Sarasota Film Festival
2015 Los Angeles Film Festival
2015 Palm Springs Shortsfest
2015 Stony Brook Film Festival
2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival **WINNER - Audience Award**
2015 Hawaii International Film Festival
2015 Denver Film Festival
2015 YES Film Festival
2016 Hill Country Film Festival
2016 Short of the Week
2016 Vimeo Staff Pick
**Visit our SWEEP portfolio for Behind-the-Scenes and Interviews: vimeopro.com/twothreefive/sweep
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
With his 2013 short film, GUN, Spencer 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 along with Best Actor and Best Narrative at Hollyshorts Film Festival. The film is available on iTunes and is being distributed by SHORTS INTERNATIONAL, LTD. His latest short film SWEEP (2015) premiered at the prestigious Aspen Shortsfest and went on to play at twelve festivals, winning the Audience Choice Award for Best Short at FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival.

As a co-founder of 2.35, Spencer has produced award winning narrative and documentary short films as well as directed work for VICE media. He has also screened his work and lectured to film students at colleges around the country like Cornell, Denison, and Florida Atlantic University. In 2014, Spencer was invited to serve as a short film juror for the Milwaukee Film Festival.

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.

In 2012, Spencer 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 more recently on THE FOLLOWING, HBO's THE LEFTOVERS and the Netflix series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.

Spencer is currently writing a feature script titled THE TOUR as well as starting work on a feature adaptation of his short film GUN. 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.

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