Gallus Domesticus, the latest short film by upstart director Jonathan Nania, examines the shared existential desperation of animals and humans.
A catastrophic event turns the thoughts of an evolutionary biologist from the scientific to the philosophical in Gallus Domesticus, the second short film by upstart director Jonathan Nania. Whether it be the aquatic vertebrates in his lab, the jarred specimens in the museum archive, the group of chickens living under his neighbor’s care or an overly-affectionate alley cat, the biologist becomes a man who is unable to ignore animals.
After obtaining his GED in 2001, Jonathan applied to the film program at Columbia College in Chicago. Though he was accepted, he quickly realized that he could not afford to pay for even the first semester of school and was ineligible for student loans. Disappointed but not defeated, Jonathan began working as a carpenter’s apprentice on Chicago’s south side, saving what little money he could in hope of taking classes at Columbia the following year. After his first year of work, it became apparent that his dream of attending film school would never come to fruition. Determined to succeed, however, he spent the next several years ceaselessly writing scripts for short films on his long train rides to and from work. He spent innumerable hours watching films and pouring over books on directing and cinematography at the Chicago Public Library. In 2005 Jonathan began filming experimental projects, but it was not until 2008 that he created his first short film with the invaluable help of his wife, cinematographer Kat Nania. Today, living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, they continue to create short and feature length films with unassailable determination.
Festivals and Distribution
Gallus Domesticus will be submitted to local film festivals including the Boston Independent Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Cape Cod Film Society Screening Series, Provincetown International Film Festival, Online New England Film Festival, et al.
Donations will be used to pay for for the rental of production equipment, location fees and insurance. Any funds exceeding the project goal will allow us to invest in equipment for this film and for future projects.
Cast & Crew
Jonathan Nania, writer & director
Kat Nania, writer & director of photography
Brandon Creighton, producer & male lead
Nicole Danos, producer & female lead
Steve Hain, sound
Nick Jenkins, key grip
Special thanks to Harvard University and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University for their commitment to support this project.
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