Local Film “Gill” Launches Today

In April 2020, Buzz, Web Exclusive by Jane Porter

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Experience beautiful landscapes from across North Carolina from the same place you’ve likely been for most of these last few weeks—your home.

Kieran Moreira, a Raleigh-based filmmaker, released his latest short film, “Gill,” on YouTube earlier this afternoon. Shot all across the state, the 10-minute film features actor Caitlin Wells in the role of a headstrong scientist test piloting a malfunctioning teleportation suit while bickering with her only lifeline.

Moreira, the film’s writer and director, says he approached “Gill” with the goal of telling “a compelling story while showcasing the various landscapes of his home state.”

Working closely with the state’s parks department, Moreira’s crew shot the film over five non-consecutive days in locations ranging from the Outer Banks to the Appalachian mountains in December of 2016. Locations featured include Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, Occoneechee, Grandfather Mountain State Park and the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

“Gill” screened at festivals across the country, including the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival 2020, Cucalorus Film Festival 2019, Raleigh’s Longleaf Film Festival 2019—where it won “Best Sci-Fi Narrative short”— and Cary’s Motion4Pictures screening series where it won the “Audience Award.”

Moreira, an NC State alum who, in his day job works as a filmmaker for Red Hat’s internal creative agency, has worked on several other short films as a writer, director, editor and producer, including “Merit Badges” (2019), “Harbinger” (2014), and “The Weaver” (2012).

Watch the film here.

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