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13 pieces of the universe

13 Pieces of the Universe

Official Selection of the Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival (2015) Winner: Gold Award in “Made in Arkansas”

Official Selection of the Ozark Foothills Film Festival (2015) Winner: Best Narrative “From Around Here" 

Official Selection of the Little Rock Film Festival (2014) Nominated: Best Director 

Official Selection of the Indie Grits Film Festival (2014)

Official Selection of the Offshoot Film Festival (2014)

Official Selection of the Indie Memphis Film Festival (2014)


a short film by tara sheffer (2013).

13 Pieces of the Universe is the story of a sixteen-year-old girl and her coming of age in the rural American South. A sensual and atmospheric piece anchored in Southern specific moments, the film mythologizes the starkness of the rural Arkansas landscape. Distilling death into a memory rather than a moment, the story captures the sense of growth and grief through visual storytelling while investigating the dichotomy of body in soul in the mythos of the river. Grappling with the question of what it means to become a person while still holding on to the pieces of the universe that make you who you are, it explores how one develops an identity within and without one’s family in the context of a tragedy…

Introducing Emily Cotton as Sarah and Gracie Furhman as Opal


  • Director of Photography Sam Cutler-Kreutz

  • Grip, Gaff, and Sound Alexa Wolf

  • Produced by Tara Sheffer, Christine Sheffer, Kyle Furhman

  • Executive Produced by James Sheffer

Shot on location in Gilett, Arkansas