A surreal exploration of the inherent desire to hold on to the past, in conflict with the need to move forward. ‘Sic Transit Glory’ follows Anna (Kate Lewis) and Brigitte (Brittany Horn), two loving friends who reconnect over the course of one night. Despite their history, both must face the possibility that time and distances may soon divide them.
Shot on location in Denver, Colorado, “Sic Transit Glory” is the fourth film written and directed by Joshua McQuilkin. The film draws from magic realism to communicate emotional ideas and concepts through visual storytelling. Through performances, an original score, and cinematography, the film presents a journey through one night that is all at once ordinary and extraordinary. Exciting and terrifying. This contrast reveals the film’s true intention to challenge the audience and raise questions of one’s own desire to hold on to a fading moment, or embrace the uncertain future on the horizon.
“With each film we try to challenge ourselves. To take a step forward. We were certainly in uncharted waters with ‘Sic Transit Glory’, but I think we’ve grown creatively. Even with less money, and a smaller crew than we’ve had in the past, I ultimately feel we made a film which represents our very best work so far.” – Joshua McQuilkin
E. Melinda Morrison
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
“Sic Transit Glory is a beautiful, delicate story of loss, friendship and transformation. Writer/director Joshua McQuilkin balances skillful storytelling with a confident, yet restrained visual style that is all too rare in young filmmakers today. ”
– Chris Galegar, War Starts at Midnight
“Joshua McQuilkin is a very talented young director who keenly captures the French New Wave style lending a unique perspective and depth to his stories”
– Anastasia M. Cummings, Director / Producer
“A hauntingly poetic, visually captivating piece of film that draws more attention to its characters’ emotions than to itself—an art film that deftly skirts the line between drama and avant-garde without being pigeonholed into either category. At the young age of 25, Joshua McQuilkin shows great promise as a writer-director, probing emotional depths that others miss. Filled with pathos, Sic Transit Glory opens a window to the human soul.”
–David Tillman, Film Is My Oxygen
Behind the Scenes
In the case of “Sic Transit Glory”, both rolls were written specifically for the Kate Lewis and Brittany Horn. As a result, pre-production for came together very quickly as the two actresses would only be living in the same state for a few months. By January of 2015, the script was written, and over the next two months we were busy location scouting, costume designing, and gathering the equipment.
As expected, the shoot had it’s fare share of challenges, but despite this, the results of our hard work were consistently remarkable.
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