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Anna Baumgarten's DISFLUENCY Continues to Reap Awards; FTVM Alums Contribute to Film's Success!

Disfluency received FIVE nominations from the 2021 Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards in December of 2021: 

Best Film
Best Director
: Anna Baumgarten
Best Actress: Libe Barer
Best Supporting Actress: Chelsea Alden
Breakout of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS to Anna and to the entire production crew!

To learn more about the film, click here




Michigan Theater 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Anna Baumgarten, writer and director of Disfluency, also recently won Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival (October 2021). Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier Festival to recognize the writer’s contribution to film, television, theatre, and new media, selected 9 Jury Award winners, 11 Audience Award winners, and 18 script competition winners this year. The competitions received over 6,000 film submissions and over 14,000 script submissions.


Other FTVM alums who worked on the film are as follows: 

Anna Baumgarten (FTVM 2015) - Director/Writer/Producer
Danny Mooney (FTVM 2010) -- Producer
Anthony Kalil (FTVM 2015) -- Co-Producer
John Fisher (FTVM 2014) -- DP
Kevin Birou (FTVM 2013) -- Editor
Walter Lin (FTVM 2012) -- Gaffer
Layne Simescu (FTVM 2015) -- Art Director
Monica Geraffo (FTVM 2015) -- Costume Designer
George Gardner (FTVM 2017) --Script Consultant
Benji Trosch (FTVM 2018) -- DIT/AE
Lauren Guido (FTVM 2021) -- Set Intern
Laura Caruso (FTVM 2016) -- 2nd AC