We watch in anticipation as Chelsea’s dad watches in anticipation. Chelsea races for her life in the Olympic swim event, the Butterfly. “I guess it was a matter of trying to explore universal themes,” director Lance Parkin recalls. “The sports part doesn’t matter because it’s about the story at hand, and no matter what your personal interests are, you can sort of tell a story in any world or a lifestyle because there are people at the heart of every story – and you can always make it interesting if you focus on the human drama, instead of plot-driven narratives.”

“Butterfly” claimed another accolade for Locust Street Entertainment as Runner Up in the 2016 48 Hour Film Project competition. Parkin explains how he created outside of his comfort zone and the genre everybody knew him for. “We had a choice between sports drama and action, so since we make a lot of horror we assumed people would think that we would go for making something really violent and action driven, so instead, we decided to go for sports drama.”

So, a film without all the complicated blood and guts: easy, right? Like every 48 contestant, the film found its challenges: “Trying to find a place to stage an Olympic swim match in Pittsburgh,“ Parkin remembers. “Eventually the Petersen Events Center came up. Just recently I found out that Fox Catcher also used that location to fake an olympic sporting event, so I guess we didn’t do too bad.“

Though “Butterfly” captured hearts with its harrowing ending at the 48 (highlighting tearful performances by Ruthy Draper and David Ogrodowski), Parkin can’t wait to give the stage to the Indie Oaks lineup. “I think anybody likes showing their stuff on the big screen,” says Parkin, “but as a co-organizer of the event, I guess I’d have to say that I am most looking forward to showing off these great pictures we have organized!”

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