The Future Perfect

Somewhere between then and now, a time traveler defies his orders, and compromises a future he cannot unlearn.

Creative team

Writer/director: Nick Citton
Producers: James Brown, Jesse Savath

Filmmaker’s statement

My short film The Future Perfect is a minimalist time travel story that centers on the relationship between a hired gun, Hardesty, and his boss, Greenwood. As the film unfolds we come to understand that a major crisis in the future has its origins in a minor moment from the past.

For me, the theme of the short is simple: you cannot change the past, you cannot control the future, all you can do is open yourself up to the experiences of the present day.

About Nick Citton

Nick Citton earned his his MFA in Film at Columbia University. He is also an alumni of Simon Fraser University, the Canadian Film Centre, and the National Screen Institute.

Nick’s feature project, Hey, hey Johnny earned him a spot in Film Independent’s writing, directing, and producing labs. The following year, Nick was selected as a fellow for the Fox Studios writers’ initiative.

Through his association with FIND and FOX, Nick was chosen to take part in Lincoln Automobiles’ “Hello Again” short film series – a program designed to foster new directorial talent by reinventing old Hollywood genres. His film, The Incident, was distributed online by Vanity Fair and featured in the print edition of the magazine.

Recently, Nick received the BC Film industry’s MPPIA Prize for his short film, The Future Perfect. The film – starring Zachary Quinto and Robert Baker – premiered at The 2015 Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, and has gone on to play over 80 film festivals, worldwide.

In the feature world, Nick wrote the script for the romantic comedy, That Burning Feeling. He has also recently completed his first feature as writer/director, My Good Man’s Gone. The project – shot over five years – tells the story of a rural Arkansas town disappearing off the map. Past TV credits include writing, creating and collaborating on a wide range of comedy projects for the CBC, CTV, W Channel and the Discovery Network.

Currently, Nick is developing multiple projects including the semi-autobiographical Hey, hey Johnny and the feature version of The Future Perfect.

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