Original title: Minor Attraction
Directed by: Amelia Evans
Produced by: Letisha Tate-Dunning (Little Fire Productions, New Zealand) Sam Oliver (Unvoicedmedia, United States)
Country of production: New Zealand, United States
Expected release: December, 2022
Production stage: Post-Production (Advanced rough cut)
Budget: $251,000 (23% in place)
1st feature: Yes
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A filmmaker attempts to craft empathetic portraits of three people who acknowledge they have pedophilic desires but who claim never to have sexually interacted with a child—and who each want more support to keep it that way. What emerges is an intimate exploration into shame and loneliness, the limits of empathy, and the cost of our collective silence around desire, pleasure and the body.
Amelia Evans, a human rights lawyer-turned-filmmaker, is originally from New Zealand. She moved to the United States in 2010 after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to study, and later teach, at Harvard University’s International Human Rights Clinic. But she had a hidden agenda: to learn filmmaking. She began sitting in on courses offered by nonfiction filmmakers she had long admired—Ross McElwee, Robb Moss and Alfred Guzzetti—eventually becoming part of the filmmaking community in Cambridge, MA. She has since received numerous art fellowships from some of the leading art institutions and residencies in the US for her work on Minor Attraction, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MacDowell, Millay Arts, Blue Mountain Center and Yaddo. She was named one of Independent Magazine’s “10 Filmmakers to Watch”. Minor Attraction is her first feature film.
Producing in both London and New Zealand for the past 7 years, Letisha Tate-Dunning has worked on uncovering stories from the farthest corners of the globe. Her short documentary OK Chlöe (Dir: Charlotte Evans) was picked up by The New Yorker Documentary and numerous festivals including Short of the Week and Cinequest and she is currently in development on a follow-on feature documentary. Her docuseries We Speak Music screened at Sheffield DocFest and BFI London and most recently she produced a local story for Netflix Original docuseries Stories of a Generation. She is currently completing a producer placement with Catherine Fitzgerald of Blueskin Films, courtesy of the New Zealand Film Commission, and works part-time as a development producer for Warner Bros. NZ. She is in development on three feature documentaries, as well as several scripted and television projects.