Watch: ‘Sebastian’ – How a Filmmaker Turned a Personal Story into a Powerful Short

A father's letter to his son prompts an emotional tale of honesty and reflection.

You may be familiar with filmmaker Sam Fragoso's byline. Having contributed film criticism (and other journalistic endeavors) to publications such as Vanity Fair, NPR, and The Atlantic, Fragoso has had a true knack for formulating an opinion on why a movie does or doesn't work.

Currently the host of the Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso podcast, where the gentleman has had long-form conversations with a list of guests ranging from Alan Alda to Judy Greer, Rob Reiner, Lois Smith, Kamasi Washington, and the host's own father, Fragoso has expanded his knowledge and worldview by speaking with and learning from the greats. Sebastian, Fragoso's first short, dives deeper into his family history, and by doing so, may provide a remedy to the U.S. election-season blues.

As the film premieres online this morning, No Film School spoke with Fragoso about making his first short, his visual influences, and the personal references evoked by this story. Check it out below.

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