Seventeen-year-old August feels he has to change his looks in order to fit in, ultimately deciding to undergo surgery to change his face to become the "perfect image" of a high-school teenager.
Through the lens of his own camera, seventeen-year-old August (Dustin Belt) struggles for acceptance in the midst of high-school life, feeling he has to drastically change his looks to fit in. The school bully won't leave him alone, and his parents don't get him either. August ultimately decides what it will take is to undergo surgery to recreate his face to become the "perfect image" of a high-school teenager. And when he finds himself caught between his best friend and the girl he's always had eyes for (Najarra Townsend, Me and You and Everyone We Know), August has nowhere to turn.
AUGUST is writer/director Jay Gammill's graduate thesis film for the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program in Film and Television Production.
We all have people in our lives we look up to, but what if you so desperately wanted the approval of others that you would recreate yourself into the perfect image? If you could change any part of yourself to have the most flawless appearance, what would it be? It's time to take a closer look; perfect acceptance may be closer than you once imagined.
cast + crew
Starring: Dustin Belt, Najarra Townsend, Daniel Alm,
Brando Christensen, Carissa Michelle Capobianco, Maggie Kilbourne, Matt Norklun, Geoffrey Wade
Written and Directed By: Jay Gammill
Produced By: Allison Schroeder, Zak Mechanic, Vero Shamo-Garcia
Director of Photography: Matt Egan
Composer: John Samuel Hanson
Edited By: Franklin Peterson, Jay Gammill
Audio Post Production By: The Engine Room Studios
WINNER: Best Student Short - 2008 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2007 Boston Film Festival, 2007 Charlotte Film Festival, 2007 New England Film and Video Festival, 2008 International Family Film Festival, 2008 USC First Look Film Festival, 2008 Oxford International Film Festival, 2008 Big Island Film Festival, 2008 Giffoni Film Festival, 2008 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, 2008 True West Cinema Film Festival, 2008 Indie Fest USA, 2008 Sacramento Film and Music Festival, 2008 Southern Winds Film Festival, 2008 Lakedance Film Festival, The Other Venice Film Festival 2008, Utopia Film Festival 2008, 2008 Mammoth Film Festival, 2008 Barbados International Film Festival, 2008 NewFilmmakers Screening Series, Seoul International Youth Film Festival