After a tragic accident, a young girl struggles to maintain perspective as she treads in a shallow pool of obligation. Spiraling into the heights and depths of despair, she stops participating in the world in the usual way.
“Circles” analyzes ideas from Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death, Freud’s Beyond The Pleasure Principle, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. For a detailed look at the philosophy behind the film, click here.
Written and Directed by Kaitlin Puccio.
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WINNER: Jury Award, Best Short, Hoboken International Film Festival
WINNER: Gold Remi Award, Dramatic Original Short, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
WINNER: Best Director of a Short, Golden Egg Film Festival LA
Best of the Fest: “Circles,” Hoboken International Film Festival
Best Actress: Kaitlin Puccio, Golden Egg Film Festival
Best Director: Kaitlin Puccio, 30 Under 30 Film Festival
Best Director of Photography
Best Special Effects
Best Supporting Actress
Achievement in Sound Design
Official Selection 2014 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
Official Selection 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival
Official Selection 2014 30 Under 30 Film Festival
Official Selection 2014 Southampton International Film Festival
Official Selection 2014 Beacon Independent Film Festival
Official Selection 2014 Northeast Film Festival
Official Selection 2014 NewFilmmakers NY
Official Selection 2014 Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival
Official Selection 2014 Golden Egg Film Festival LA
Kaitlin was also a panelist on a Women In Film panel at Beacon Independent Film Festival, moderated by Enid Zentelis. Other panelists were: Emmy- and Peabody-award winner Beth Levison, Writers Guild of America award nominee Ingrid Jungermann, Tribeca and Sundance award nominee Ivy Meeropol, and Independent Spirit Award and Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Deborah Kampmeier.
“If Ms. Puccio set out to prove that she could wear a mind-blowing four hats on her first production, then with her ‘Circles,’ she no doubt did just that and more. As writer, director, actress, and executive producer, Ms. Puccio certainly set the stage for even bigger and better to come.”
– Kim Bass, Emmy nominated writer, In Living Color, and creator of Sister, Sister and Keenan and Kel
“Kaitlin Puccio’s ‘Circles’ gave me the chance to marvel at the wonderful cinematography while very subtly illustrating the heartbreak of the movie’s protagonist. I hope to see more from this filmmaker.”
– Terry Nelson, Founder/Executive Director, Beacon Independent Film Festival
“With ‘Circles,’ first-time writer-director, Kaitlin Puccio, proves she not only has a passion for filmmaking, she also has the creative self-confidence to see her vision through and bring it to cinematic life.”
– Deanna Shapiro, Producer, Beautiful Lie Pictures
“Kaitlin Puccio is one of the Hudson Valley’s most promising young film professionals and we are proud to call her one of ours. We look forward to seeing her star continue to rise…and, if ‘Circles’ is any indication, it is sure to do just that.”
– Dawn Ansbro, Executive Director, Orange County NY Arts Council, Orange County NY Film Office
“A fine film…extremely well-received by the audience.”
– Hunter Todd, Founding Director, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival