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You only have to watch “Eerie” and “Block Z” to realize how their young director, Mikhail Red, utilizes his indie roots to turn formulaic filmmaking on its head. But Mik’s envelope-pushing “maindie” merging didn’t happen overnight.

The 28-year-old filmmaker began creating provocative shorts (“Kamera,” “Hazard”) at age 15, but has since racked up a body of work consisting of full-length films (“Rekorder,” “Birdshot,” “Neomanila,” “Dead Kids”) that is as significant for its diverse themes as it is for its director’s emerging confidence and storytelling boldness.

Despite his relative youth, the son of indie stalwart Raymond Red, who won the country’s first Palme d’Or in …

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