NYU Student Filmmaker Shooting ‘Nags Head’ In April [Exclusive]

Posted By on March 13, 2014

A new independent student film is set to shoot on the Outer Banks this spring, and you can help support the project and get some cool perks through a crowd funding Kickstarter campaign that launched yesterday. 

'Nags Head' will be filmed on location in Nags Head, North Carolina.

New York University student Lauren Mullen, a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, will direct her thesis short film Nags Head on the Outer Banks in April.

Those who want to be a part of making the movie can donate through the Kickstarter campaign and get various perks in return, including a special thanks in the credits, an invitation to the premiere screening, and even a producing credit.

Mullen told OBXentertainment.com that the film is about a college girl on a family vacation on the Outer Banks, who reaches out to her rebellious younger brother about their parents constant fighting, only to have him respond by posting her insecurities through his street art that turns up along her jogging route.

The story centers on Vivian, an athlete halfway done with college, as she struggles to find the balance between pleasing her parents and standing up for herself. Unfortunately, her parents are too caught up in the arguments of their failing marriage to pay her much attention. Her rebellious and witty younger brother, Caleb, is quick to mock her through his art by painting murals of her insecurities on her morning jogging path, ultimately pushing her towards her breaking point.

“The heart of this short film is the relationship between Vivian and Caleb,” says Mullen. “With this script, I have distilled the moment when they stop being just siblings and become friends. This film, in a way, is a tribute to the unique relationship siblings have with one another.”

The director says she always knew her film was meant to be shot on the Outer Banks.

I’ve vacationed in Nags Head at my uncle’s beach house since high school,” she said. “I actually wrote the script with the Outer Banks in mind. I think that the area’s unique and beautiful natural landscape will play an essential role in creating the tone of the film.

“I cannot imagine shooting it anywhere else.”

 To get involved and help support Lauren’s short film Nags Head, click here to check out her Kickstarter page.

Filmmaker Lauren Mullen will direct her student film 'Nags Head' on the Outer Banks in April.

Filmmaker Lauren Mullen will direct her student film ‘Nags Head’ on the Outer Banks in April.


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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