The Live Action category was ripe with talent. So hard to pick just a few when there were comedic and dramatic pieces that were so damn good. The dramas that managed to draw the audience in immediately were Dawn Fields’ Fragile Storm and Nico Raineau’s Brix and the Bitch. To be honest, Fragile Storm had a big advantage with a powerhouse performance by none other than Lance Henriksen, and a sure-handed director in Fields.
The story unfolds on a frightened young woman who is trying to escape from what appears to be a scary older man. The threat feels so real until she realizes why he appears to hold her captive. Fields storytelling is both suspenseful and sensitive. She shows a great deal of promise with a timely subject that has affected millions. The nice part about it all, the story never comes across pandering or exploitative. It is both down-to-earth and told with tremendous respect. Fields and company are to be applauded.