My Kingdom (United States, 4 minutes)
Directed by: Debra Solomon
Written by: Debra Solomon
Cast: Jane Curtin
By: Conor Murray
Debra Solomon says exactly what everyone is thinking as they board a plane or subway: don't mess with me or my personal space. Of Lizzie McGuire fame, Solomon uses her signature style to create a very entertaining and expressive narrative about the importance of staying out of her personal bubble. The combination of the foul-mouthed lyrics and the childhood cartoon visuals is hilarious, especially as she struggles with everyday problems such as fighting for the armrest in a movie theater or getting bumped into at the grocery store. Only four minutes long, the song/animation is never dull and goes into great detail regarding her true feelings about people encroaching on her "kingdom." Visually, the cartoon characters are very interesting and unique and emphasize how gross some people can be in regards to human interactions. The writing is hilarious and the voice over by Jane Curtin, known for SNL and Kate and Allie, really demonstrates the strain that these events can have on a person just looking for some peace and quite. People who have that strong desire for personal space will not only relate intensely to this film’s story, but will also be sure to laugh out loud for the entire duration of the film. "My Kingdom" is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be shown during the festival’s run from October 12-18, 2015.