Malatos’s “Family Shadows” is an endearing narrative

Every Friday night at 7 o’clock, Carter walks into the forest, and every single time, his father follows him. While wandering through the shadows, they discover what it means to be family.

Director Laura Malatos is a filmmaker from Seattle, Washington who’s currently attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She’s established herself mainly as a writer/director, but has additional experience in editing and cinematography. Laura’s films have been awarded and recognized on a national and international level. Most recently, her film, “Family Shadows” won the audience award for Best Short Film at SIFF FutureWave, following a successful screening at the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival.

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Q/A with Laura Malatos

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

In general, I enjoy making dramatic films, and aim to bring authentic emotions and relationships to the screen. While brainstorming for this particular film, I was inspired by the idea of a kid running away who didn’t truly want to run away. When I was little, I’d often pack getaway bags for fun, but I had a wonderful family and would never actually want to leave them. Once I landed on that concept in my mind, I began to write, and everything else sort of fell into place.

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

I always have a lot of fun during production. There’s such a strong energy on set when everyone’s working together to bring a script to life. Production is definitely one of my favorite parts, but it can also be a bit stressful. I also love screenings, once the film’s completely finished. I can stop worrying about disclaimers and unapologetically let the audience see what I’ve put so much of my time and energy into.

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

When I write films, I usually draw from childhood memories or interactions with the current people in my life. I’d say that my friends and family influence my work a lot, both directly and indirectly. I also look up to a lot of current film directors. I identify with Tom Hooper’s style, and I’m always captivated and inspired by anything that Christopher Nolan makes.

4. What is your favorite film?

There are so many films that I could watch 100 times over and still enjoy. If I can only choose one though, I’d have to go with “Good Will Hunting.” The film captures everything I’m driven to create in my own work, with deeply genuine characters backed up by a moving plot.
“Family Shadows”  is the seventh short film in the short film lineup of Friday, August 25, starting at 11am.

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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