NoBudge is a streaming platform for young & emerging filmmakers. We present a new, hand-picked film every day, along with a director interview. Our wide-ranging program is equal parts drama, comedy, and experimental film, as well as animation, documentary, sketch, web series and dance/music video.
Set in quarantine, this six part series exploring intimacy, desire, and sexual fantasies via cam girls/boys finds unexpected connections in isolation. Ray Smiling directs “Khaki is Not Leather,” a provocative and sometimes hilarious anthology, unafraid to dive deep into edgy and uncomfortable waters (see Episode 5). In episode one, a woman dances for her client only to get sidetracked with a discussion of art house movies. The next, “Malla, Help Me,” finds another man chugging beers trying desperately to distract himself from the fear of getting Covid and dying alone, while a woman dressed as a Star Wars Wookiee dances for him on his computer screen. Episode four, “To Twerk, Perchance To Dream,” is perhaps the most striking of the group, going in a completely direction, losing the web cams for an animated montage where a distraught man reminisces about a beach trip with his ex-girlfriend, longing to have her back. It’s a beautiful and raw piece of art that could easily stand alone as its own singular short. Each vignette in Smiling’s series (co-written with Konyin Ayuba) stands out in intriguing ways, each with a strong hook, vibey images, and soaking in specificity. Director: Ray Smiling. Writers: Konyin Ayuba & Ray Smiling. Editor: Joe Morris. Director of Photography: Gaul Porat. Production Design: Miwa Sakurlat. Costumes: Sarah Daniella. Producer: Chris Dodds.