Director: Aliza Brugger

2020 | USA | 16m | English

Tillie’s lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town.

Starring: Gamze Ceylan, Nana Ponceleon

Playing in shorts program: Now That I’ve Found You

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Aliza Brugger

Aliza Brugger is an award-winning Los Angeles/New York City based director and screenwriter originally from Nebraska. She received her MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University where she wrote, directed and produced features, TV pilots and short films that have screened in festivals all over the world. Aliza enjoys exploring themes of sexuality, female connection, nature and dystopia. Her goal as a filmmaker is to create stories that connect viewers to the image, to each other and to the world.

Director's Statement

Roadkill is about Tillie, a lonely roadkill removal worker whose life is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town. Much of Roadkill is based on the experience of being queer in a working class, rural community. When I was a girl, not only did I never see myself represented in my own community, but I also never felt represented in the media. Queer characters only seemed to exist safely in the wealthy, metropolises. So, through high school, I denied the sexuality that I thought would have betrayed me in a rural world. Then, in college, I cut ties with my roots in order to study my queerness. After years of struggling, defining, reshaping and finally peacefully resting in that queerness, I returned to my parents’ farm in order to connect these two enormous parts of myself, my ruralness and my queerness. I learned that not only could they coexist, but that they complimented, even elevated one another. My goal with Roadkill is to show that sexuality doesn’t have to exist separately from economic status or location.

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