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Family Bliss Gets Disrupted In Damon Russell’s Haunting New Film

Filmmaker Damon Russell talks about his new film "Cul-de-Sac," which is showing at this weekend's Y'allywood Film Festival.
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A lot of people know Damon Russell as the filmmaker behind “Snow on tha Bluff,” a mockumentary about a drug dealer in Atlanta.

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But Damon joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to talk about his new short film “Cul-de-Sac.” It’s is an eerie story of family life that’s upended after the dad finds a listening device inside his toddler’s teddy bear.

This film is another collaboration with his longtime filmmaking partner Shawn Christensen. Together, they won the Academy Award for Best Short Film for “Curfew,” which they then turned into a feature film.

“Cul-de-Sac” has appeared in about 60 film festivals and is part of this week’s Y’allywood Film Festival. It screens as part of the “Chills and Thrills” shorts block at 7 p.m. this Friday at 7 Stages. Y’allywood continues through Sunday.