Lydia Lane’s “The Cage” offers a personal perspective

One bad decision will alter the course of Courtney’s life forever…

From Director Lydia Lane comes a compelling student narrative filled with regret and challenge. Lane drew many inspirations from her time working with homeless and foster youth, putting a culmination of their experiences into her film.

Q/A with Lydia Lane 

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

After graduated from my undergraduate program, I spent five years working with homeless and foster youth. I got a front row seat to challenges that face these kids, including being neglected by the state that has taken them from their parents. I saw many different ways that young girls are lured into sex trafficking, and many of them are not what most people think. I wanted to shine a light on one of the ways these young girls are recruited into this lifestyle and show that it isn’t necessarily a choice that they made. I also wanted to highlight just how forgotten these kids are in the foster care system because it’s something that we need to change. One last thing I wanted to capture with this film was the sense of wonder that many people who work with these kids are left with. I worked with hundreds of kids over the five years I worked in the thirty day shelter, and there are many that I wonder about on a regular basis, but I have no way of knowing what happened to them. Some I have found via social media now that they are legally adults and I no longer work in the field, but I can count them on one hand. Others I have tried to find, I have even contacted their social workers, but they are no where to be found and it breaks my heart wondering what happened to them because I know that, statistically speaking, whatever happened to them probably isn’t good.

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

I love working with actors and seeing a story really come to life. It’s so surreal to hear people saying the words you wrote and see them becoming the characters you created. In this particular film, there’s a scene where Malachi, played by Charlie Abernathy, needed to be menacing and controlling. He was having a hard time getting the character in that moment, so we took a break after several rehearsals. When I called him back, he had gotten some trail mix and was eating it. We rehearsed the scene again and suddenly it came to life. That was an epiphany for me and it’s one of my favorite moments on set.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

I have seen so many movies, and I would like to think that the good ones all leave something behind in my mind. I would say this film was heavily influenced by the many documentaries I saw while working as a volunteer at the True/False Film Festival, most notably “Very Young Girls.” I was also influenced by independent films including “The Slaughter Rule.” I strived for the realism that these films bring to the audience.

4. What is your favorite film?

My favorite film is a tie between “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “Taxi Driver.”

“The Cage” is the third short film in the Short Film Session #2 beginning on Friday, August 25 at 2pm.


Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit

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