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2018 ATLFF Pilot Screenplay Winner Jonathan Mason’s Film ENTROPIA Needs You


Entropia is a short musically-themed thriller set in the Polish neighborhood of Philadelphia – Port Richmond – where an immigrant master piano restorer gets embroiled in an insurance scam that tests his sense of Old World integrity.

Entropia is Polish for “Entropy,” meaning a lack of order or predictability or a gradual decline into disorder. In piano tuning it is a term that refers to the increasing state of “disharmony” or “discord” an instrument will find itself in, the second after it has been tuned.

Based in New York & Philadelphia, Jonathan Mason earned his M.F.A from Columbia University, and served as Creative Director for New York’s Belladonna Productions (Cold in July, Dhuktar) and Bullet Pictures (4:44 Last Day on Earth). His latest film, L’échappée, co-directed with Hamid Saïdji, has played at forty festivals in seventeen countries and is a recipient of the Canal+ Short Film Prize. The screenplay for the feature version of the film was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Intensive in Philadelphia. In addition to winning the ATLFF Pilot Screenplay Competition in 2018 for the pilot The Order.

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