Stucco is the first narrative offering from Janina Gavankar (The Way Back, Morning Show, Blindspotting, True Blood) and Russo Schelling (Mr. Robot, The Mysteries of Laura). This left-of-center film is reminiscent of the slow-burn thrillers of the 70s, using practical effects to conjure the feelings we're least proud of. This is a film about guilt, depression, and the feeling of stasis.
J is trying and failing to move forward. While hanging a piece of art in her new home, she knocks a hole in her wall revealing what might be another room. Her mind races to think what could be on the other side as she continues to unravel, with the scars of old relationships keeping her trapped inside.

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Janina Gavankar

Russo Schelling



Directors: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling
Executive Producer: Janina Gavankar, Snehal Patel
Screenwriter: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling
Cinematographer: Quyen Tran
Editor: Barry Goch
Sound Designer: David Farmer, Csaba Warner
Music: Questlove
Principal Cast: Janina Gavankar, Debra Messing, Emmy Raver Lampman, Michael Ealy, Colton Haynes, Aisha Tyler, Bel Powley, Rafael Casal, Leslie Odom, Jr., Roby Attal
Additional Credits: VFX Supervisor: Caleb Knueven, Practical Effects Producer: Frank Ippolito, UPM: Delaney Buffett, 1st AD: Marc Kelly, Sound Designer: Samuel Justice, Sound Editors: Graham Donnelly, Michael Orlowski


Janina Gavankar
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Janina Gavankar
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Janina Gavankar
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Screening Section: Midnight Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Narrative Short
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 17 mins