A starry-eyed actress with a troubled past faces her harshest critic during an interview gone wrong.

Poster design by Sylvere Azoulai

2018 | USA | 15 MIN
[Narrative Short, Drama]

Starring: Stella Velon, Alan Smyth, Todd Karner

Produced by The Punk Floyd Company
Written and Directed by Stella Velon
Producer/Executive Producer: Jean Gabriel Kauss
Cinematography by Akis Konstantakopoulos
Edited by Ivan Andrijanic
Music by Asaf Sagiv


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Director’s Bio + Statement

Stella Velon is an actress and writer focused on personal, visceral and psychological storytelling.

The Critic marks Stella's directorial debut.

As a writer/creator, Velon is currently developing a half-hour comedy series loosely inspired by her experiences as a fashion model in New York City.

As an actor, she has appeared in films and TV shows such as Baskets, Men in Black 3, Gossip Girl, Hoppus on Music, among others.

Stella holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Paris X-Nanterre and spends her time between Los Angeles, New York, and Paris.

The Critic is a short film about facing one's inner demons, with which I wanted to explore the psychology of what it is like to be confronted with our harshest, most merciless critic: our own self, and how destructive that little voice in our head can be.

As an actress myself, I also wanted to weave in elements of what is happening at the moment within the entertainment industry and explore the perils and pressures of the profession while leaving the message of the film open to individual interpretation as I am a firm believer that how we perceive the world is how we experience it.

My intention with this piece is to fire up people's imagination, make them think and not spoon-feed the audience the answers like a lot of movies do.