"An imaginative young girl pretends to be a boy in order to assert her independence from a backwards society."
Director: Sarah Conley Producer: Diego Sardi Estimated running time: 12 minutes Format: Full HD Release date: November 2016 Language: English
Freak Flag tells the story of Abeline, an imaginative young girl that pretends to be a boy as an act of defiance to the backwards and oppressive society where she lives. Abeline, a rebel and creative eight years old girl, is getting tired of everyone telling her how she has to behave and what she has to do. Her mother wants her to be her little princess, while Abeline just wants to play in the dirt and catch spiders, like she normally does with her older brother, Jack. As a way to rebel against her mother, Abeline decides to cut her hair and have everyone call her Brian. After realizing that she doesn’t like that new personality, she decides to be Abeline again, but this time not being afraid of what other people could think of who she really is.
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WRITER/DIRECTOR - Sarah Conley is a MFA Cinema Directing candidate at Columbia College Chicago. She is drawn to stories that promote independent thinking and strip the audience of ideology, prejudice, and assumptions. She makes films about everyday people that struggle with everyday things such as economic insecurity and prejudice. She aims to represent the people that often get left off screen, live lives that are anything but glamorous, and get into situations that are relatable but rarely depicted.
PRODUCER - Diego Sardi is a MFA in Creative Producing candidate at Columbia College Chicago. He was born and raised in rural Uruguay. While pursuing his Bachelors in Communications at the University of Montevideo, developing story ideas and having them come to life on film became his passion. Producing films became his calling. He graduated in 2012, with studies in film producing and organizational communication. After graduating he received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue his graduate studies on film producing at US.