“How Is This The World”: A mother befriends a burnt-out hacker to help search for her son in virtual reality.


Written & Directed by Sadie Rogers

Produced by Grace Hahn & Sadie Rogers

“How Is This The World” is now playing on the Dust YouTube channel. Watch our Q&A below with filmmaker Sadie Rogers and producer Grace Hahn about their short film from November 2020.


Sadie Rogers has worked as an actor and producer in Chicago for a little over a decade, appearing in independent films including THE WISE KIDS (NY Times Critics Pick), ELLIE LUMME (BFI London), PRINCESS CYD (BAMcinemaFest 2017), COMEDY/FETISH (CIFF 2018), and many others. Her short film RPG screened at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2015, Sun Valley Film Festival 2015, and Bend Film Festival 2015, among others. Her most recent short HOW IS THIS THE WORLD premiered at Sarasota Film Festival 2019, won Best of Fest at Dayton Independent Film Festival 2020, and received the Best Female Director award from MINT Film Festival 2020. She fronts and manages the Chicago fantasy rock band Sadie and the Stark.

Grace Hahn is a Chicago-based producer whose first feature film, PRINCESS CYD [from writer/director Stephen Cone], is now available for streaming via Hulu & Amazon and is highlighted on the Criterion Channel in the series “Three by Stephen Cone.” Her second feature ONCE UPON A RIVER [writer/director Haroula Rose] is currently available in virtual cinemas via Film Movement. She received the 2016 Aida Schvartz Award for Gender in Communication from Northwestern University and is part of the inaugural class of the Chicago Independent Producers Lab through the Chicago Film Office and Full Spectrum Features. she was recognized as one of NewCity’s Film50 “Chicago Screen Gems.”

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