does a debut film exhibit such mature filmmaking. DeSales is a great storyteller whose
fantastic style speaks to the MTV generation. She is a cutting-edge director who is
redefining the envelope."
JENNIFER STARK, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING *
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL * CALIFORNIA
"A striking debut by the up-and-coming
New York director, DeSales, who establishes
herself as a director of great sensitivity and courage - stylishly shot, superb performances!"
ELLIOT GROVE, DIRECTOR * RAINDANCE FILM
FESTIVAL * FOUNDER, BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS * LONDON
"Utterly transcends its gay context and speaks to the eternal human condition
in a way most works of art only hope to."
STEPHEN H. SEGAL * INPITTSBURGH.COM *
" **** -
Standing ovation!!! A real gem. If not handled so well,
kalins prayers basic plot
structure might have been less than original,
but the artistry of direction and imagery makes this 30-minute drama absolutely worth
NANCY LEGATO * WASHINGTON METRO WEEKLY *
"What a wonderful film."
THOMAS ETHAN HARRIS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR * LOS
ANGELES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL * L.A.
"A strong and powerful
piece that should be seen by the widest possible audience."
GEORGE T. MARSHALL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR * RHODE
ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL * PROVIDENCE
"Brilliant! Finally, a serious
film that speaks in the emotional, musical and visual language of today's
youth culture in a slick, MTV-style. One of the best in my 6 years of
TIFFANY NAIMAN, DIRECTOR *
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL * PHILADELPHIA
"Brilliant! Despite a tall order, director DeSales handles everything with an
expressionistic style and an empathetic heart. A warm and
honest movie that is as startling in its effectiveness as it
is in its style."
DAVID LINDQUIST, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING *
LAGUNA BEACH FILM FESTIVAL * CALIFORNIA
"Brilliant! Stunning imagery,
powerful acting and an intoxicating soundtrack.
A complex film that speaks
volumes not just for the important issues
it addresses, but also for
DeSales talent as a filmmaker."
ROMAN JOSE DIAZ, DIRECTOR * BOULDER GAY &
LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL * COLORADO
"If the measure of a film is how much it moves you, kalins prayer is bloody
GEMMA WELLS * GCN * DUBLIN
"Brilliant and mesmerizing! The
birth of a new talent!"
JAMES KIM, DIRECTOR * INDIEKINO
INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL * SOUTH KOREA
"Fascinating! You can't compare DeSales' style to anything before it,
because there is nothing like it. Totally original."
THOMAS DUNKLEY, DIRECTOR * NEW YORK
LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL * NEW YORK CITY
"It really is a brilliant film."
EDNA CASTELLO, PROGRAM DIRECTOR * PARIS
INTERNATIONAL LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL * FRANCE
"Truly a tour de force."
JOHN WOJOWSKI, DIRECTOR * MANCHESTER
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL * ENGLAND
"It puts you in a trance that doesnt let you go."
GUILIO SCALINGER, DIRECTOR *
ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL * TUCSON
"It took my breath away."
CHRIS LINES, DIRECTOR * BALTIMORE
QUEER FILM FESTIVAL * MARYLAND
"One of those films that will move
you emotionally and stay with you for days."
ANGELA E. SANTURO, DIRECTOR *
CINEMA 16, NEW ORLEANS FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL * NEW ORLEANS
"Punk- rock passion."
REEL OUT FILM FESTIVAL * ONTARIO, CANADA
"A visual feast and an
emotional powerhouse. No doubt my favorite short film.
I was devastated afterwards."
FREDERIKE BERNDT, DIRECTOR * VERZAUBERT
INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL * BERLIN
"A very powerful and disturbing film with great production
acting and surrealistically expressionistic visuals - an emotional viewing
PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR * FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL * FLORIDA
"Visually fascinating, unforgettably
edgy, psychologically satisfying."
NOREEN GOLFMAN, DIRECTOR * ST. JOHNS INTERNATIONAL WOMENS FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL * NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA
perfect blend of documentary, narrative and experimental images and sound."
JOACHIM POST, DIRECTOR *
LESBISCH-SCHWULE FILMTAGE HAMBURG * GERMANY
"I loved this film! DeSales'
storytelling talent shines from every frame."
ANNETTA MARION, EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR * OHIO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL * OHIO
"A smashing and touching short
film that leaves us wanting for more!"
GIOVANNI MINERBA, DIRECTOR * TURIN
INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL * ITALY
"An exceptional film."
JEANNETTE CATSOULIS, DIRECTOR OF
SHORT FILM PROGRAMMING * CINEVEGAS * NEVADA
"A captivating film...cutting-edge
cinematography...a stylish soundtrack"
WOMYNS MUSIC FESTIVAL *
"A beautiful and powerful
depiction of loss and fear."
MAURA KING, CO-DIRECTOR * PORTLAND GAY
& LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL * OREGON
"It was so real! I cant explain
how much I loved it. I could feel the girls pain watching the movie.
The effects were way cool too."
CHARLIE BLACK * 16-YEAR-OLD PREP
SCHOOL STUDENT * BALTIMORE
"An exquisite film. If
this is only her first, I can hardly imagine what DeSales will be doing in a few
SCHUYLER CHAPMAN, DIRECTOR
* HAMILTON COLLEGE CRITICAL MASS FILM FESTIVAL * NEW YORK
"kalins prayer is one of the
very best Independent shorts. It has
great direction, great content and I would highly recommend it to everyone."
GARY ZEIDENSTEIN * PRESIDENT *
ALWAYSI.COM * SAN FRANCISCO
is a really great film."
KEITH ABRAHAMSSON * DIRECTOR OF
ACQUISITIONS * 01FILMS.COM * NEW YORK
"An unforgettable film in
a fascinating style from a talented new director."
PAUL MURNANE * DIRECTOR * MARDI GRAS FILM
FESTIVAL * SYDNEY
"Visually stunning and haunting."
TEDDY CHAO, CO-CHAIR *
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL * BALTIMORE
"The main reason to attend the
"Girls in Shorts" program is the anchor film,
prayer. DeSales relies on evocative visuals, a diverse soundtrack
and the haunting face of lead
actress Kris Carr."
DAVE McCOY * WILLAMETTEWEEK.COM *
was the easy favorite of our Girls Shorts program!"
TODD CAMP, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR * Q
CINEMA * FORT WORTH GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL * TEXAS
is an original, moving, well-paced look at addiction,
self-sabotage and true love - with refreshingly natural acting."
JEANNINE DeLOMBARD *
CITYPAPER.NET * PHILADELPHIA
RICHARD WATTS, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
* MELBOURNE QUEER FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL * AUSTRALIA
"Kris Carr is superb in the role
and director DeSales uses flashbacks brilliantly."
MEGAN EDWARDS * LAS VEGAS WEEKLY *
"Wow! Kickass, Fabulous,
Intense, Riveting! Pittsburgh has to see it!"
LAURA ANNIBALINI, CO-DIRECTOR OF
PROGRAMMING * PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL * PENNSYLVANIA
"kalin's prayer has
this 'experimental' feel and atmosphere, but it visually narrates a short story about
child abuse and its repercussions. I haven't seen a short like this in a very long time!
DeSales has a great eye and, most of all, a touch for sensibility. I'm looking forward to
seeing more of her work."
REY PARLA, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR * MIAMI
UNDERGROUND FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL * FLORIDA
"Quite gripping. A headlong rush of
blurred images and fractured sounds."
JAMIE HOOK * THESTRANGER.COM
"What a great
TONY GITTENS, DIRECTOR * FILMFEST DC *
"So sensitive and finely
drawn, its like a documentary."
J. HUNTER TODD, DIRECTOR * WORLDFEST-HOUSTON
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL * TEXAS
"At first, I didn't know what I thought of the film. The reaction wasn't immediate.
Maybe that's a good sign. Maybe that is what film is supposed to do in a time when many
blockbuster movies are so predictable, so easily digested, so comfortable,
that even laughs seem to fall just right and all too easily."
DAVID D. ROBBINS, EDITOR * ARTISTICEYEREVIEW.COM
"kalin's prayer had the most original visual textures of all the films.
Not only do I vote this film Best Experimental
Film, but Best in Show as well.
A must for both technique and politics!"
TONY TOMMASI, JUROR * HARDACRE
FILM FESTIVAL * IOWA
"Fascinatingly original...a young
PASCAL AUBIER, FRENCH NEW WAVE DIRECTOR * WINNER, PALME
D'OR FOR BEST SHORT, 1988 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
"With a style that can only be described
DeSales has all the traits necessary to become a great director."
NINA ROSENBLUM, EMMY AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR,
OSCAR-NOMINEE * NEW YORK CITY
"A captivating film that transcends
sexuality...everyone should see this movie!"
KHIYA SHELTON, SHORTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR *
WORLDFEST-HOUSTON FILM FESTIVAL * TEXAS