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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.
An anxious teen responds to a Craigslist ad and strikes an unexpected connection with a stranger behind a sheet. “Personals,” directed by Sasha Argirov, is an engrossing drama that details a would-be sexual encounter and the corresponding awkwardness and vulnerability. The nervous young man enters a hotel suite to find a dim shadow ducked away in a corner. The visitor has been instructed not to speak but he can’t help filling the air with self conscious chit-chat, which unsettles the man behind the sheet. The film creates tension from its interplay of intimacy and anonymity, and its antsy search for fulfillment or experience. -KA. Writer, director: Sasha Argirov. Starring: Riley Davis and Dimitri Vantis. DP: Blake Davey. Editor: Aynsley Baldwin. Producer(s): Matt Drake, Mike Johnston, Andy Alvarez.