Lauren DeFilippo created her short film, “Clean Hands,” with a philosophy in mind: “Film what you love and hate at the same time,” she said.
The film features the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church. DeFilippo said she felt the church was a cinematic experience and wanted to explore and share this spiritual experience through film.
“Clean Hands” premiered Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Gallery Protocol, a Gainesville contemporary art gallery. After the premiere, the film was shown through Nov. 3 at the gallery from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on a loop for visitors.
The film’s premiere exceeded expectations, according to Gallery Protocol director Chase Westfall, and had a larger turnout than estimated. DeFilippo, a Gainesville native, noted that University of Florida professors, students, her friends, and even older community members attended the event.
Westfall said that even after the premiere, attendance numbers were sustained throughout the rest of the film’s showing through Tuesday.
The premiere of “Clean Hands” was the first time that the gallery was set up to highlight a single film production and, with this success, the gallery hopes to feature more film exhibits and events in the future.