Featured Creature: Sydney Clara Brafman

Coming to a screen near you, be it the phone in your pocket or any of the other technological advances in cinematic viewing you have at your disposal, is short film extraordinaire and my good friend Sydney Clara Brafman’s short film The Only Thing I Love More Than You Is Ranch Dressing. After a successful festival run, success being an understatement, The Only Thing I Love More Than You Is Ranch Dressing was picked up by Gunpowder and Sky’s horror brand and streaming platform ALTER to premiere in Micro Screams Volume One. This 60-second horror short cannibalized the festival circuit, screening at over 30 film festivals across 7 countries, including Fantasia Film Festival, and even winning the award for best editing at Cinepocalypse. Behind the dried stage blood and bodega cats, Sydney is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Filmed in just 3 hours, followed by around 3 hours of hanging out and eating all the delicious wings used during the shoot, Sydney and her rowdy bunch of collaborators created a horror film that lasts the blink of an eye yet resonates with our undeniable love for ranch dressing, blood, and gore. The production was also a bit of a family affair with both roles being played by husband and wife duo Madison McGhee and James Soller. Madison is also in Sydney’s short film version of her feature script SQUIB. Their shooting location, Hardtimes Christmas Liquor at the Sunset Bar, was a regular stomping ground for Sydney as well. Unfortunately, they’ve closed. But, they had arguably the tastiest wings in New York.

Sydney Clara Brafman is a Brooklyn-based award-winning writer and filmmaker. Considered one of 110 filmmakers who represent the future of film, media, and entertainment by Variety Magazine her films have screened around the world at Fantasia, SXSW, and Cannes Film Festival to name a few. With her short films The Only Thing I Love More Than You Is Ranch Dressing, Decapitato: Consequenze Mortali, and her screenplay SQUIB she hopes to deliver stories focusing on the human condition, the irony of circumstance, the tragedy of humor, and the environments they inhabit all the while delivering them to an audience with her wicked sense of humor and style.

Check out Micro Screams HERE!

See what else Sydney’s got going on HERE.