Current Students' Short Film Acquired by KQED

February 8, 2017

Film School Shorts has acquired current student Connor Simpson’s short film Léa for its upcoming fourth season, which will begin airing in September. The celebrated national program, produced by San Francisco–based public television station KQED, is available on public media stations worldwide.

Made over the summer of 2015 as part of the Film MFA curriculum, Léa was directed by Simpson from a script by his classmate Erlendur Sveinsson; fellow second-year student Frank Graziano produced the short, which explores the darker side of the entertainment industry through the struggle of a young actress to make it in a highly competitive world. “The original concept came from an experience we had at a casting workshop last year, where the host of the event informed us that he had separated the ‘real’ actors from the ‘others,’” Simpson said in an interview with KQED. “Léa is the result of wondering what it was like to be one of the ‘others.’”

Léa was picked up by Lisa Landi, the director of program distribution for KQED Presents, at the 2016 Cinequest Film Festival in March. “As is often the case with films from Columbia, Léa is tightly scripted, expertly directed and the lead is phenomenal,” Landi said. “We can’t wait to take this film to public media audiences nationwide.”

Simpson’s most recent short film, Snake Heel, starring Sean Bridgers, in post-production now.