Caught among toxic masculinity, a sequin dress and a teenage crush, a teen skater, growing up in rural Texas, will have sex for the first time in the back of their dad’s truck. I am Mackenzie is a short coming of age drama about adolescence and the feeling of not belonging; the feeling of being an alien to your home, your peers, your body, your gender. It is a story about rushing towards love, and making mistakes; a story about finding the courage to look honestly at yourself.

Year: 2019

Premiere Status: Palm Springs Premiere

Screening in: Shorts Block 2

Genre: Drama

Country: USA

Language: English

Runtime: 0:19:43 mins



Artemis Anastasiadou

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Artemis is a versatile director from Greece, working across genres both on comedies and dramas. Her directorial work has been screened at SXSW, Austin Film Festival, Athens International FF, Oak Cliff FF, FilmFest Dresden, Cine Las Americas, Film Festival of Drama among others. Her latest short I am Mackenzie (2019) premiered at SXSW Festival (2019) and won the Texas Shorts Jury Award. Her film Calling (2017) received the Award for “Best Film” in the category “Greeks of the World” at the 41st Film Festival of Drama 2018. It was also recipient of the EBW Austin Film Society Grant 2017 and was selected for the 2018 Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase. Artemis holds a BFA in Drama & Theater Studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MFA in Film & Media Production from UT Austin.