Elegance Bratton / Jovan James, USA, 2019

14 minutes, English

Caught in the throes of a depressive fugue, young Lynn resorts to debauchery to find joy – only to discover that happiness is a much more complicated proposition.


Elegance Bratton is an award-winning director and writer who began making films as a US Marine after a decade spent homeless. He is the executive producer/creator of Viceland’s GLAAD-nominated and Cannes MIPCOM winning series, My House. The Inspection, his forthcoming feature narrative script is supported by Tribeca All Access and Film Independent Fast Track (2019). He was one of Indiewire’s 25 LBGT faces to watch (2019) and the winner of the Mayor Biggers Artist Fund grant (2018). Buck, his most recent short, had its world premiere at Sundance 2020.

Jovan James is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer from Baltimore dedicated to showing the black experience with compassion and unflinching honesty. Jovan earned his BFA at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He started at NYU Tisch Grad Film in 2014 where he made his first short film, The Jump Off, that explores the end of a relationship between two young gay black men. It had its film festival debut at UrbanWorld in New York City and has played at over twenty film festivals across North America.

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