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Fri. May 26, 2017 – 2:50 pm | The U.S. Navy Memorial Theater

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Directed by Jacob Kirby

Short Narrative
USA | 14 min | 2015

Duncan (25) is a solitary Marine, fresh off a tour from Afghanistan and considering the potential for his life after the Marine Corps.

Arriving at his hometown, Duncan is immediately thrust back into the world he left behind. He’s reunited with his loving family: a tight-lipped father, a drastically concerned mother, and a hyped up 12 year-old sister. But there’s only one thing on his mind –– attending his ex-girlfriend’s wedding.

Accompanied by his long-time burnt-out best friend Hunter (25), Duncan’s nerve starts to break upon arriving at the church. Not even Hunter’s laid-back pep-talk or a healthy dose of liquid confidence can get Duncan inside.

Little does he know, his ex-girlfriend Kara (24), has been having a crisis of her own. When her Runaway Bride Act sends her careening into Duncan’s path, he reluctantly helps her escape… and in the unexpected aftermath, learns that coming home is never as easy as you expect.

At Ease - Jacob KirbyDirector, Editor, Writer

Jacob Kirby was born and raised in northern Michigan where he received a full-tuition scholarship to study film production and dramatic writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Since then, his work as a filmmaker has traveled all the way from his small town roots in North America to international film festivals across the world.

Currently, he is based in Los Angeles, CA directing music videos, digital content and a loosely related pair of short films, inspired by the experience of traveling abroad and produced on location in Cuba and Nepal.

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Film Information

Director: Jacob Kirby
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min


Producers: Taylor MacDonald, Matt Scruggs
Executive Producer: Randleson Floyd
Writers: Jacob Kirby, Matt Scruggs and Josh Barkey
Cinematographer/DP: Benjamin Joyner
Production Design: Jameson Everett
Costume Design: Meagan Grace
Music:  Shaun Couture, Tyler Morris, Johnny Delaware and Justin Osborne
Casting:  Mitzi Corrigan

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