march 20, 2019 | the year is off to a bright start

Extreme close-ups and strong performances dominate this accomplished, lyrical narrative short, which chronicles six different moments of fleeting pain...
— Indie Grits Film Festival

It’s only March, but 2019 is looking like a mighty fine year for Nettles!

The film recently screened at the Bermuda International Film Festival and is slated to screen again at the Filmfort Festival, which is part of the Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho on Friday, March 22 at 10pm.

Nettles then heads to Columbus, South Carolina to screen at Indie Grits Film Festival on Friday, March 29 at 9:30pm, and again on Saturday, March 30 at 5:15pm.

But, that’s not the only screening we have on March

30, as the film also screens at the Black Warrior Film Festival at 6:50pm at the University of Alabama. Also, I’m happy to say Nettles is a finalist for the Holle Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the festival.

If you’ll be in the area of an upcoming screening, we hope you can make it out. If not, see you at a screening soon?

2019, I look forward to seeing what else you’ve got in store.

The Nettles Team


december 11, 2018 | next stop, Slamdance!


I’m beyond excited to share Nettles is headed to the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival in January! What a joy this news is!

Y’all. We started production for Nettles in November of 2016. And, today, over two years later, after a year of shooting, we’re about to play our fourth festival. What a beautiful experience this journey has been. Thank you for coming along. I’m deeply, deeply excited for what’s next!

See you soon, Park City!

The Nettles Team


october 8, 2018 | we won the jury award for ‘best narrative short’!

Nettles won the jury award for Best Narrative Short at the Tacoma Film Festival! Eeeeek!

I'm deeply grateful to the jury for seeing light in Nettles, & for the collaborators that made this film possible. 

We shot the first two chapters of Nettles in November of 2016. What a journey this all has been - & it's still just the beginning.

Yaaay! Here’s to whatever comes next.

The Nettles Team


september 18, 2018 | we’re going to washington!


Washington, here we come!

We’re excited to announce Nettles will screen on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 8:45pm at the Tacoma Film Festival! More information on the screening can be found here.

It feels amazing to screen alongside such strong films at a great festival. If you’ll be in the area, let us know! I (Raven Jackson) will be in attendance.

Do we have even more good news to share? Check back soon to see!

The Nettles Team


september 12, 2018 | it’s time for our International premiere!

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Amazing news - Nettles is having its International Premiere at the 66th edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival!

The film will compete in the Nest. Film Students section and is one of only fourteen short films from film schools around the world selected. More information on the screening can be found here.

Nettles is gaining some momentum, y’all. It still feels surreal (and vulnerable) to have this film in the world. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for coming along on the journey.

More good news coming soon!

The Nettles Team


may 29, 2018 | we're premiering!


I'm thrilled to announce Nettles will have its World Premiere at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film event in North America! The film will play as part of the Moments that Define Us program. More information on the screening can be found here.

If you happen to be in the California area, we hope to see you there! For those unable to attend, hopefully, we'll be coming to a theatre or festival near you soon. This is just the beginning!

All my love to every single person who helped make this film possible. I see you & I love you. It's been two years, y'all. It's time to let Nettles step into the light. Wish us luck! We'll let you know how it goes.

As always, be sure to keep updated with the Nettles journey on Instagram at @nettlesfilm & #nettlesfilm.

& thank you to Flies Collective, Kodak, & ARRI Rental for the support of this project!

If you'll be at our screening in California, be sure to let us know!

The Nettles Team


February 22, 2018 | we have a trailer!

Watch below!


February 13, 2018 | the magic of a color grade

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The Nettles Team is deeply grateful to the brilliant Kath Raisch at Company 3 for breathing so much color & life into Nettles. As this was my first time getting a film professionally color-graded, I had no idea what to expect - & to say I was blown away would be an understatement.

Check out a few more screengrabs from the film below & - as always - be sure to follow us on Instagram at @nettlesfilm & #Nettlesfilm.

The Nettles Team

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january 26, 2018 | we're picture-locked!


It's been a long time coming! Today, after months of editing, Nettles is picture-locked! How thrilling, scary, & needed every single step of making this film has been. There was a time having Nettles picture-locked felt like an impossibility. Now, it's here. And I couldn't be more grateful & ready to see what's next. It feels like there's an ocean of possibility sitting in front of this project, & wherever we land, it'll be the right place. I'm confident Nettles will find its home and, more importantly, its audience.

Now, the film is off to be color corrected & sound mixed/edited! 

Curious about our journey to this point? Check out some photos we took along the way! As a recap, we did three rounds of shooting for Nettles over the course of a year. As such, the project captures autumn, winter, & summer - all in one short film.

Stay tuned! We'll be sharing a trailer with you soon.

THE EXCITEMENT. Don't forget to check us out on Instagram at @nettlesfilm & #nettlesfilm for updates!

The Nettles Team

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photos by Joe Zakko & Aaron Jaker


august 15, 2017 | nettles : coming soon

IT HAPPENED. After almost a year of production, we finally wrapped Nettles! I'm beyond excited to share this film with you in the near future. This has been an amazing journey full of growth, mistakes, love, and so, so much joy. Here's to following your gut and making the project that's ready to climb out of you. To collaborators who become family.  To shedding fear - again and again. 

A major thank you to the team at Flies Collective for supporting this project! And, as always, thank you to Kodak & ARRI Rental for the support.  

Don't want to miss out on any news? Make sure to subscribe to the Nettles newsletter and visit our Instagram at @nettlesfilm & #nettlesfilm for updates!

See you in a theatre soon!

The Nettles Team

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photos by Joe Zakko


july 14, 2017 | we won a grant!

The Nettles team is thrilled to announce we were selected as a recipient of the inaugural Flies Collective Film Grant! This news comes right on time as we're gearing up to shoot our third and final round of Nettles in a few weeks! Woo-hoo! 

More information on Flies Collective and the grant can be found here. Also, here's a link to a writeup on Screen Daily featuring the grant winners! 

Y'all. We're so ready to shoot in August and finally have all seven chapters of Nettles in the can. Something tells me there's going to be magic in the air. 

Wish us luck - we'll let you know how it goes!

The Nettles Team



march 21, 2017 | That's a wrap!

On March 20, 2017 we wrapped the second round of production for Nettles. Now, Chapters 1-4 are in the can. 

Only one round of production's left - see you soon summer!

A very special thank you to Kodak and ARRI Rental for the continued support of this project.

And last but not least, none of this would be possible without the family growing around Nettles

Each & every one of you are loved!

We can't wait to share this film with you. Visit our website again this summer for further updates!

In the meantime, check us out on Instagram at @nettlesfilm & #nettlesfilm!

The Nettles Team!

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photos by Joe Zakko