Cast: Claire Lilley, Marie DiNorcia, Caroline Renner
Crew: Producers: Julia Kennelly, Karine Benzaria – Screenwriters: Dina Graham – Director of Photography: Isaac Berner – Production Design: David Jaffe – Costume Designer: Adrianna Covone – Editor: Ben Rossen – Composer: Scott James
After her first rebellious night out with friends, 16 year-old Claire finds the effects of her adventure, a little hard to stomach. Written and Directed by Dina Graham, “Medium Rare” is a nuanced coming-of-age drama told through an unusual lens. Claire, a bright-eyed, innocent 16 year-old, dines with her picture perfect family. As they enjoy their meal, a triage of perfectly cooked medium-rare steaks, Claire is more involved with her phone, excited about tonights upcoming secret adventure. Later that night, after the parents have gone to sleep, Claire and her mischievous friends sneak out a window. Their destination? The hottest nightclub in town. It’s Claire’s first time but her friends are experienced. As the night wears on, Claire’s experience will shape her view of the world. The lesson learned is not a feel good moral, rather a universal truth many women understand, but not too many speak about. “Medium Rare” is a film that explores the female experience through the eyes of a 16 year-old during her first night out. Changed by her encounter, Claire will be unsettled by what she can’t unsee.
Dina Graham is a New York-based Writer and Director for narrative film and branded commercial content. She has worked for multiple New York based and internationally based production companies as both a Producer and Assistant Director, including the British Broadcasting Company at Radio 1 in London, UK. While Dina is within the Director’s Guild as a 2nd Assistant Director, her passion lies in the creative, specifically telling stories by, for, and about women in the modern age. She is founder of New York-based production company Grahamcracker Media LLC.