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A NEW MAN

NARRATIVE | 5 – 10 MIN. | EVERYDAY LIFE, HEALING AFTER LONELINESS

After his wife leaves him, Charles begins to assume the identities of strangers at a local coffee shop to avoid being alone.

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Meet the Filmmaker

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Hughes William Thompson is a director based in New York City. In 2015, he was named one of the top 30 global young directors at the SHOOT New Director Showcase at the DGA, and since then his work has taken prizes at the Cannes Lions – Young Director Awards, at Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying festivals such as Palm Springs International ShortFest, St. Louis International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, and many more. His commercials have led him to direct major celebrities, most recently William Shatner. His short films have been featured several times on Vimeo Staff Picks and Short of the Week, and his film HORN received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival. He recently completed his first feature film, THE DIVORCE PARTY, which was produced by Sunil Perkash (Salt, Enchanted) and was released by Gravitas Ventures in theaters in 2019 to praise by critics from the Los Angeles Times and others.

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Your Turn: What did YOU think of this film?

10 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Charlie’s post-break-up experience is relatable… and also humorous! Thanks for making this feel-good but meaningful film.

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  2. Anonymous

    Great film!

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  3. Katie Doyle

    What a great film. Charlie’s story is relatable and humorous!

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  4. Anonymous

    Had to watch it twice because I love how cool he was. I could see him thinking of how was he going to respond when not knowing what the subject was. I will be sharing this with family. Two thumbs up.

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  5. Diane G.

    The last line of this film is priceless!

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  6. sarah

    FASCINATING!

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  7. Sassy

    Love the film!

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  8. Anonymous

    Didn’t care for it. Couldn’t telate

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  9. Jan

    I have watched this film at least 8 times. It want to do the coffee shop thing too! The Charlie character was perfect.

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  10. Violeta

    I am a psychotherapist. I think Charles expresses very well how loneliness can hurt sometimes. The film gives a lesson on how to be creative to connect with ohers and how important is to be open to explore the unknown.

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