Why “Lockdown” Is Causing Such A Buzz

“Lockdown” has already made quite the impression on the festival circuit — and for good reason. The film was the winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at the 2019 New Orleans Festival, as well as gaining entry to Sundance, SXSW, Seattle International, Palm Springs, and a slew of other festivals. This unique and sometimes dark take on a coming of age story has hit a nerve with audiences and judges alike.

“Struggling with feelings for her best friend, fourteen-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan,” the description explains.

Of course, like so many of us pursuing a crush, Marie’s plan does not go exactly how she imagines it. At times relatable and at times uncomfortable to watch, this short takes a simple premise and reimagines it in a way that feels both modern and timeless.

You can see the whole film here:

Lockdown from ELO films on Vimeo.

It’s hard to do a coming of age film that doesn’t feel trite or hackneyed, but this film — with its light and its darkness — manages to do just that. ELO Films features two young filmmakers who are already making a splash. Writer and directors Celine Held and Logan George deliver interesting perspectives with brave, bold voices. They are undoubtedly ones to watch.