a short film by REBECCA ROJER

WHAT DOES IT TAKE
TO GET AMERICA
TO PAY ATTENTION?

ASHLEY/AMBER is the undergraduate thesis film of Rebecca Rojer, a recent graduate of Harvard College. Award-winning filmmaker Jan Schuette is advisor to the film.


Official Selection of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

Synopsis

A dark comedy about an antiwar activist who finds fame after being outed as the one-time star of an internet porn video

Trapped in mourning over the death of her soldier boyfriend Phil, 19-year-old Ashley (DIANNE GUERRERO) finds temporary escape by becoming Amber Jones, star of an internet porn video. Later that same day she reluctantly attends a meeting of anti-war activists at the behest of her co-worker Winona (EVALENA MARIE), who hopes to convince Ashley to speak at an upcoming rally.

Ashley is reluctant to become involved in activism until she is visited by Dan (DAN LIEBMAN), a friend of Phil's from the army on a brief military leave. After listening to Dan speak first-hand of the horrors of the war, she decides to take action.

Ashley gives an incredibly moving, personal, and angry speech at an anti-war rally, which unfortunately is attended only by its organizers. However the speech is posted online, and before long her two identities are connected. Fueled by fury and fascination, the story soon goes viral. Now Ashley must reconcile her loss in the midst of her 15 minutes of fame.

specs

runtime
22:32
medium
color 16mm
genre
dark comedy, satire
type
narrative fiction short, student film
date of completion
January 2011
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Screenings

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BERLINALE SHORTS COMPETITION

Friday, February 11 @ 4pm
Berlinale Shorts I: Press Screening

CinemaxX 5
Potsdamer Straße 5, Berlin
Press only; no Q&A

Tuesday, February 15 @ 10pm
Berlinale Shorts I
* official world premiere *

CinemaxX 3
Potsdamer Straße 5, Berlin
Q&A to follow screening; 8,00€

Wednesday, February 16 @ 6pm
Berlinale Shorts Go Arsenal: Artist Talks II

Kino Arsenal 2
Potsdamer Straße 2, Berlin
Artist Talk (no screening); Free

Friday, February 18 @ 5:45pm
Berlinale Shorts I

Colosseum 1
Schönhauser Allee 123, Berlin
Q&A to follow screening; 8,00€

Saturday, February 19 @ 5:45pm
Berlinale Shorts I

CinemaxX 5
Potsdamer Straße 5, Berlin
Q&A to follow screening; 8,00€

Friday, February 25
Soho House Berlin


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About the Filmmaker

Rebecca Relkin Rojer grew up in Maplewood, NJ and made her first films and animations while a student at Columbia High School. In 2010 she graduated with high honors from the Visual and Environmental Studies department at Harvard College. Most recently she has worked as assistant to the filmmaker Whit Stillman on the film Damsels In Distress.