Lexus and The Weinstein Company will premiere the first of four films to kick off the third Lexus Short Films series at Tokyo Short Shorts.
Selected from thousands of submissions, Alexis Michalik, has directed this short film Friday Night which captures and highlights this year’s Lexus Short Films series’ theme of “Anticipation.” Friday Night features a story about a mother named Claire who, while visiting her daughter who is studying in France, is thrown into the midst of a city-wide attack. In a place where she doesn’t speak the language or know her way around, she’s forced to navigate in the dark of night in a desperate search to find her daughter and ensure her safety.
The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, “We are very excited to kick off the third series of film premieres for the Lexus Short Film and it has been an honor to be an integral part of this program alongside Lexus who truly supports the accomplishments of these emerging filmmakers and the art of storytelling.”
David Nordstrom, global branding department general manager of Lexus International, added, “We are thrilled to produce the Lexus Short Films Series with The Weinstein Company and this journey has been an incredible one thus far. Lexus appreciates the opportunity to provide support for these filmmakers to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness in their films overall.”
After being featured at Tokyo Short Shorts, Friday Night, will premiere along with the other three films from the third series of Lexus Short Films during an exclusive World Premiere event at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival. This event will be the first time all four films will be shown at the same time as they continue to be highlighted at screenings during other film festivals worldwide.
“The Weinstein Company strives to bring emerging filmmakers’ imaginations to life and boost their confidence and passion for film,” said The Weinstein Company COO and President David Glasser. “We are very excited for the world to experience and see these inspiring and unique films and hear their stories.”