Film & TV

Borscht 2014: Filmmakers Lucas Levya and Jillian Mayer on Cool as Ice 2

The most distinctive feature of the filmmaking team of Lucas Leyva and Jillian Mayer is the bags under their eyes. It's one day before the first night of Borscht9, a film and visual arts festival Leyva co-founded with kindred spirits at New World School of the Arts back in 2004.

Leyva admits he has been sneaking in bedtime from 6 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Instead of an alarm clock, he's pulled from his slumber with the chimes of text messages and email in-box arrivals. He's often in such a haze of semi-consciousness that he dreams he answered emails, but it's just a dream and not reality. Mayer excuses herself if she picks up her cell phone to respond to text messages, her team is in the middle of making stages and backdrops for "The Multiverse," an interactive evening of Borscht films, video games and more at the YoungArts campus.

See also: Borscht Film Festival 2014: Ten Must-See Films

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