Emma Moore, a Lee University senior digital media studies major with an emphasis in cinema, recently had her short film, "Cacti & Other Succulents," accepted into multiple film festivals since winning the Lee University Film Festival last spring.
Moore's film is about a young man caring for his grandmother's aloe vera plant in the wake of her death. "As a child, my family kept an aloe vera plant in the windowsill of our kitchen," said Moore. "When I would get burns, scratches, or scrapes, my father would cut off one of the leaves and rub it on my injury and to me, it seemed like magic. When I wrote the screenplay for 'Cacti,' I centered it around this little plant because I wanted to illustrate a character investing great meaning into an object that is cloaked in such nostalgia and symbolism."
"I am so excited that Emma's film is collecting laurels, and I'm not at all surprised," said Matthew Fisher, associate professor of communication at Lee. "She is a diligent, thoughtful writer-director. We have a lot of talented artists at Lee, and Emma is a shining example. We're only seeing the beginning of her success."
"Cacti" has been selected for the Jury Award and Audience Choice Award at the Lee University Film Festival. The film also screened at the Knox Film Fest and is scheduled to screen at PUSH! Film Festival this month, the Franklin International Independent Film Festival next month, and is a semi-finalist in the Southeastern International Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.
"I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to screen my film among colleagues and fellow filmmakers," said Moore. "At the end of each screening, I watch the names of all the people whose efforts came together to create 'Cacti' scroll through in the credits and I am so, so proud and honored to have been able to work with them to make my little cactus movie a reality."
Moore is currently applying to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting after her graduation from Lee.
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