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From home movies to Cannes, film-maker makes it to the big time

A scene from “One Day,” the multi-award-winning film by Joe Mulherin.
A scene from “One Day,” the multi-award-winning film by Joe Mulherin.

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FOXBOROUGH — Joe Mulherin made his first movie at age 11 with an old video camera he found in his father’s office. So what if he didn’t know at the time that the lens cap had to come off, he said recently. He eventually learned.

“Once I got the hang of that, things really started rolling,’’ he said.

Last month, the 21-year-old Foxborough filmmaker made his mark at one of Europe’s most prestigious film festivals, when a short film he had just four days to create swept its category for Short Film Slam at Cannes with prizes for Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Script, and Best Actor.

Considering the avalanche of accolades he is still processing, the 2011 graduate of Foxborough High School feels that from here on in, the sky’s the limit.

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