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DECEMBER 19, 2009 • ISSUE 62

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The poster for Path Lights

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Director Zachary Sluser

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On the set of Path Lights

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Cinematographer Jonathon Narducci adjusts the shot

Short Film by Maharishi School Graduate Accepted at International Film Festivals

Path Lights, a short film directed and co-written by Maharishi School Alumnus Zachary Sluser, has been selected for the 32nd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, the most prestigious short film festival in the world. Path Lights is one of 76 films chosen from over 5100 international entries. The film has also been accepted into the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

Zachary Sluser graduated from Maharishi School in 1999, received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003, and now lives in Los Angeles pursuing a career as a director. His short films and music videos have been featured in film festivals and publications around the world, including the Krakow Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the Fader Magazine. Zachary is currently developing his first feature film, an adaptation of Tom Drury’s novel, The Driftless Area.

“I find the creative problem solving skills that were both encouraged and nurtured at Maharishi School are put to use every time I work on a film shoot,” said Zachary.

The crew included several other MUM and Maharishi School graduates: Jonathan Lynch and Brian Morrow as producers, Louise Lynch as production manager, and Jonathon Narducci as director of photography.

Path Lights is an adaption of a short story by Tom Drury, that was published in The New Yorker, and tells the story of a man who is nearly hit by a beer bottle while walking his dogs. The film was shot over 4 1/2 days in mid-May 2009 with several months of pre- and and post-production. The film premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in October and on DLF.TV in early December.

DLF.TV produced a behind the scenes documentary on the set of Path Lights, and the short film received coverage on USA Today’s Pop Culture Blog, IFC.com and in The New Yorker online.

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