Director Biography – Amanda Prager (I MAKE GOOD SOUNDS AT PARTIES)

Amanda Prager writes and directs high concept comedy science fiction that hopes to make others feel less alone in their one-by-one box of bones. She writes funny, real characters in unreal situations. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Her films and screenplays have screened and won awards at NYC Indie Film Festival, FilmQuest, Heartland, and the Smithsonian. Most recently, Amanda has assisted on Netflix’s “Locke & Key”, and writes for Crazy Maple Studios.

She has written on several of Parcast’s shows on Spotify and
directed several short films available on her website

She loves Korean BBQ and pole vaulting.

Director Statement

At parties, the two of us avoid eye contact. We clutch onto leaden solo cups. We’re among the first to leave. When we suffered breakups, we lost our sense of identity in every social engagement. We forgot how to be alone. When we came out as queer, we forgot how to act like ourselves entirely, wondering if our performances of queerness would even reflect who we are now. In the benefit of hindsight, all of this is hilarious material for a narrative short. Who hasn’t felt existential at a party full of people they think are so much more confident?

“I Make Good Sounds at Parties” is a descent into a nervous breakdown, mapping our social anxieties onto a funny, alarming canvas. We wanted the film to feel as queer, isolated, idiosyncratic and absurd as we feel ourselves to be at parties. To us, those are the best sounds you can make.

– Amanda and Russell


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Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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