A New Nanny Spreads Some Magic for 20th Digital’s Bite Size Halloween Series
Unicorns & Unicorns director, Bridget Moloney’s latest film The New Nanny premieres this month. Written and directed by Bridget, the film tells the story of a nanny who helps a non-binary child deal with bullies and find self-acceptance – with a little magic.
The film is part of the second season of 20th Digital Studio’s Bite Size Halloween Short Film Series. The series features 18 emerging filmmakers representing a spectrum of styles, identities, countries and backgrounds. The long term goal of 20th Digital Studio’s short film programs is to continue to guide and finance the growth of these artists’ careers and to transition some of the shorts into longer features. 20th Digital is currently shooting the first feature developed in this way, expected to debut on Hulu in 2022.
Continuing a partnership now in its third iteration, select films feature Mars candy integrations and/or will air on broadcast networks Freeform, FX, and FXX with sponsorship from Twix, Skittles, and Snickers. This cinematic collaboration of adrenaline-raising shorts developed a platform for brands and advertisers to work with creative filmmakers.
The New Nanny is available to watch now on Hulu (with subscription) and will air on broadcast networks Freeform, FX and FXX throughout the month.
Director Bridget shares more about the project: “We shot at a very sweet house in Burbank and a local park. It was Henry Witcher's on camera debut and what a debut it was! But, wherever there is a newer actor (whether or not they're seven, as Henry is) on set there's always a little bit of breath holding. But Henry couldn't have been more prepared, wonderful and open.
“I was inspired by my children's nanny. She's goth! We have a goth nanny! One day I was driving home and passed her with my four year old on his bike. The image of her in all black (including sunhat and batwing glasses) with my child in his play clothes was such a sweet and funny image. I started thinking about a benevolent witchy figure. What could she teach her charges about identity? When someone is so aligned with a certain aesthetic there's power there! You are sending lots of messages. I can see how Lauren (our nanny--who was a creative consultant on the film) has opened my kids up to expressing themselves differently with their clothes and style. I wanted to heighten that idea.
“I know so many gender creative kids and by and large none of their peers think anything of it. But there are exceptions, especially as in person school comes back and these kids start elementary where the gender binary (generally) becomes more codified. It's a drag (ha) to see children start to shrink what their sense of selves could be. The nanny in the film shows you don't have to do that, it's powerful to own your identity. Also, witches are cool.”
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