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Alumni News: Nick Clifford Stars in Only American Short-Film in Cannes Film Festival

April 25, 2013

opportunistopportunistFeatured on Indiewire, former undergraduate Nick Clifford stars in "The Opportunist," the only American film to compete during La Semaine De La Critique (Critics Week) at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. His short film was selected among over 1700 entries from around the world, noted for "branching out in directions," in the words of Charles Tesson, the Critic's Week artistic director. Talented alumni of Critic’s Week past, include Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Wong Kar Wai (In The Mood For Love), Kevin Smith (Dogma), and Miranda July (Me You and Everyone We Know.)

The film is a character-study of a meticulously crafted protagonist named Jason: a social shape-shifter who is addicted to the visceral thrill of invading the lives of others. I play Jason, and I’m on screen for the entire 14 minutes of the film. It’s a chilling narrative of social deviance and psychological depth that will leave you breathless.

"The Opportunist" has also been featured in The Hollywood Reporter and Red Eye Chicago.