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Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16


Crystal is 17 with a bad attitude. She's seen every Britney Spears video 100 times and knows the dances by heart. Unfortunately her small town life lacks the sparkle of a music video and her only escape is the dance-filled dreamscape in her head. When one of these reality-dips results in disaster on the job, she is fired and heads out of town on foot - curses and dances abounding.
After a run-in with local mean girls, she accepts a ride from an average white man whose intentions remain unclear to our heroine. Crystal keeps her hard exterior up and as their journey takes a turn from light-hearted to less so, the real and surreal worlds blend together in a way she is ill-equipped to handle.

Director: Chell Stephen

Executive Producer: Chell Stephen, Jennifer Stephen

Producer: Bryan Parker, Chi Pilon

Screenwriter: Chell Stephen

Cinematographer: Gregg Conde

Editor: Sam Winter

Production Designer: Alice Tang

Sound Designer: Mike Jurasits

Music: Elijah Ocean & human

Additional Credits: Color Grading: Offsite Color, Hair & Make-Up: Caitlin Allen & Jennifer Stephen, Steadicam Operator: Derek Barnes, Additional Editors: Nikita Burdein & Chell Stephen, Post Pyromaniac: David Hohusen

Principal Cast: Kate Stephen, Lars Classington, Jonathan Brent, Melissa Hazel, Sandi Globerman


Chell Stephen grew up feasting on music videos and teen dance movies in Toronto, Canada. Today she resides in Brooklyn, directing music videos as part of the filmmaking collective Think/Feel. Crystal is Chell's first narrative film.

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