The Transgressor (2017) - Trailer
The Transgressor - Trailer
Victoria Duncan - Gold Star Film Festival
Lady Filmmakers Q&A
In a dystopian society where music is outlawed, a child spy is forced to choose between obeying the rules and following her heart.
As a long-time history buff and lover of dystopian fiction, I've always been intrigued by the sociology of group mentality-- when people conform to what their community encourages rather than pursuing their truth. Where and when you are born is so arbitrary, yet can determine your entire destiny.
How sad that one's potential is limited by what society
accepts, yet the "norm" varies drastically around the world.
What are these rules and why do we need to follow them?
This film serves as an allegory for those born where they don't fit.
Universally, these people face the ultimate choice:
Conform for survival while betraying their true selves,
or pursue happiness at the risk of rejection or even death.
I hope after watching this film, viewers can look at their own communities with a more critical eye and a greater empathy
towards those who go against the grain.
Best Drama - Gold Star Film Festival 2018
Best LGBTQ+ Short - Lady Filmmakers Film Festival 2018
Editing Commendation - First Run Film Festival 2018
Top 10 Voted Films - New York Lift-Off Online Film Festival 2018
Blow-Up Arthouse International Film Festival - Chicago 2018
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival 2018
New York No Limits: Short Film Series 2018
New York Lift-Off Online Film Festival 2018
Cannes Film Festival: Short Film Corner 2018
First Run Film Festival 2018
Longleaf Film Festival 2018
International New York Film Festival - Semi-Finalist 2018
Halloween International Film Festival 2017
Gold Star Film Festival 2017
FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
We shot on location in the Outer Banks of North Carolina over the course of 5 days. We chose sites like Jockey's Ridge National Park and the Elizabethan Gardens to give the film and otherworldly feel.
Our cast comprised of talent from North Carolina and Georgia, including local talent from the rural coastal towns along the Outer Banks.