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Plays in Shorts Program: Through the Glass Darkly
Saturday, June 15
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Eaton Cinema

1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Christmas, Every Day

Director

Faye Tsakas

Producers

Enrique Pedraza Botero, Rowan Ings, Lauren Howell, Faye Tsakas

Editor

Faye Tsakas

Cinematographer

Faye Tsakas

Christmas, Every Day gives a slice-of-life glimpse of preteen influencers Peyton and Lyla Wesson, ages 11 and 12, as they perform for their online fans under their mother’s watchful guidance. Shot in a series of highly composed, locked-off takes, the film examines everyday cultural practice under late-stage capitalism, juxtaposing rural life with the patina of the virtual world. As Peyton and Lyla shift between performance and reality, ideas of self-presentation as empowerment, female confidence, and self-branding come to the fore.

Director, Christmas, Every Day

Faye Tsakas is a Greek-American filmmaker from New York City. Her creative non-fiction work documents strains of contemporary American culture in the context of late-stage capitalism, looking at youth culture, excess, disparity and absurdity — shifting away from the patriarchal gaze. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in 2023. Her films have screened at SXSW, IFFR, AFI Fest, True/False Film Festival, Camden Film Festival, DC/DOX, IndieLisboa, Maryland Film Festival, AIFVF, and Museum of the Moving Image, among others. Her work has been distributed and featured by The New Yorker, Vimeo Staff Picks, Paper Magazine, and Nowness. Faye was a Film Independent Fast Track Producing Fellow in 2023, and she previously served as VP Production for Los Angeles based Passage Pictures, where she oversaw development for the company alongside its CEO. She was Director of Acquisitions & Production for independent Film & Television distribution company FilmRise where she championed the release of award winning documentary and narrative films, including Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Faye received her BA in American Studies from Cornell University and an MFA in Documentary Film & Video at Stanford University. She is represented for Film & Television by Cinetic Media.