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“The Smell Of Oak” Directed By Mark Datuin, Starring Samantha Spatari

By Mikel Fair / a few months ago
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An intense drama film by Mark Datuin and Samantha Spatari.

An intense drama film directed by Mark Datuin also starring Samantha Spatari. Most noteworthy "The Smell of Oak" is an official selection of the Austin Micro Short Film Festival 2018.  As a result, this film will screening on Sunday July 15, 2018 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lakeline.

Synopsis: “The Smell Of Oak” Starring Samantha Spatari

A woman in denial has difficulty recalling the events of a violent assault. Ambiguity. Denial. Conformity. The character of Angie represents the everyday unfortunate relationships that people can go through. Hence, told metaphorically by a woman’s conflicted account of being sexually assaulted. Too often are we silenced out of fear and conformity. And too often are we in denial when we are uncomfortable with the truth.

Director's Biography Mark Datuin: Part One

Mark is an award-winning writer, director as well as a producer. He is also the founder of MAD Resilience Films. Most noteworthy, he has written, directed and produced 28 short films and theatre productions. In 2014, his film Basted won Best International Film at the Milledgeville Film Festival. That was the first of a slew of accolades he collected for his subsequent films White Lock and Still Closed. Above all, he has received over 110 official selections on the film festival circuit. With success in France, Germany, Canada, India, the US and the UK. Mark has also been a featured panelist in Atlanta and Toronto. He discussed the art of writing a Short Film as well as diversity in the film industry.

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Actress Samantha Spatari

Director's Biography Mark Datuin: Part Two

In 2016 Mark made his French-language directorial debut with the dysfunctional family drama “Pardonnez-moi Mon Père” (Forgive Me Father.) As well as the dark psychological parody "Mismatch and Lighter." Future productions include “The Women of Alpine Road”, an exploration of despondency and regret. Also, an experimental film entitled, “Partition.”  Touching on the subject of cross-generational purgatory.

Director's Statement: Mark Datuin

Ambiguity. Denial. Conformity. The character of Angie represents the everyday unfortunate relationships that people can go through, however told metaphorically by a woman's conflicted account of being sexually assaulted. Too often are we silenced out of fear and conformity. And too often are we in denial when we are uncomfortable with the truth.

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Director Mark Datuin

About the author

Mikel Fair

My name is Mikel Fair. I am the Director of Film Festival Circuit Inc. First of all, we are a company that manages film festival events in Texas and Oregon. Furthermore, we like to have fun and celebrate independent film. I worked for 15 years in the television and film production as a location sound mixer and production manager. I have also worked in post production as an editor, post sound mixer and composer. Above all, watching independent films and reading creative screenplays is my passion.


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