This is a story of the uncanny, or as some might call it, the supernatural. It involves the mysteries that surround the absent mind and the strange whispers that only the lost can hear. It's the story of a young man, set for the good life, who after the night of Christmas Eve will never be seen again.
Patrick studied philosophy at the College of William & Mary, where he graduated as part of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. His first narrative short, ANNA WALKS IN, won first prize at the 2013 James River Shorts film festival — presented at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Patrick is also a painter and musician and is currently fascinated by dreams, golf, the Taoist idea of "the uncarved block", cold war accidents, 19th century Russian literature, Mozart, walks in the graveyard, and theology. Not least of all he is in love with a hue of yellow somewhere around yellow ochre. When that yellow is put next to an ultramarine blue it is really something.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Emma got a taste of film making while studying at Dawson College in Cinema and Communications in 2008. As an expatriate and fervent traveler, she moved to the UK in 2011 to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at King’s College London. Her valuable investment classes taught her that higher risks generate higher returns, and based on this principle she decided to give Hollywood a shot. A dedicated entrepreneur at heart, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Master’s degree in Producing at the AFI Conservatory. Her past work experiences in theatre, hospitality, social enterprise and corporate governance have given her transferable skills to become a go-getting producer.
Bernardo Viotti is a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute. He was born in the modernist utopia of Brasilia and split his time from an early age between the Brazilian capital and New York City. He received his BA in Philosophy and Film Studies in 2013 from Columbia University worked as an assistant at the Weinstein Company after graduation. Bernardo has written a number of short films and continues to explore the existential ironies of life in his writing.
Jake was born in Taos New Mexico. He studied film and electronic arts at Bard College in New York before moving to Los Angeles to study cinematography at AFI. Jake has lensed several acclaimed short films including "weathering" (Provincetown Film Fest) and "Apsis" (Kino der Kunst Festival, Munich) as well as two feature films "Up the River" (Sun Valley film Festival) and "Naz + Maalik" (South By Southwest). Jake received an award for his work on Apsis for Best Cinematography at the Maverick Movie Awards in Los Angeles in 2013. Jake also worked as a camera operator on Crystal Moselle's 2015 documentary "The Wolfpack" (Sundance 2015) and as as a set lighting technician on Lily Amirpour's "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" (Sundance 2014).
Arielle is a designer striving to use the natural and man-made beauty of our world to share the personal, societal, and cultural stories of its people. With a BFA in theatre and a Minor in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Arielle moved to Tel Aviv, Israel in 2012 where she worked in architecture and served in production and content roles on the Israeli television series ROYAL CHEF, RAMZOR, LEHIOT ITAH, and Israel’s THE VOICE. Arielle has since transplanted to Los Angeles to study Production Design at the American Film Institute where she has designed four short films. Arielle is currently the Art Director on the feature length film THE HAPPYS starring Janeane Garofalo.
David Scorca graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz, double majoring in Philosophy and Film Production in 2007. In 2009, he traversed the country in his '68 Plymouth to work on a farm in upstate New York. From there, David spent five years navigating the film industry in NYC where he began cutting narrative. After finishing a two year stint with NBC at 30 Rockefeller Center, he began attending the American Film Institute Conservatory. Films he has worked on have gone to Cannes, Tribeca, NYC Independent, and other prestigious festivals. His credits include RETURN, STONES IN THE SUN, NANCY PLEASE, FATAL ENCOUNTERS, and DEAD OF NIGHT. His first feature as editor, THE LOWER ANGELS, premiered at the NYC Horror Film Festival in 2014.
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HUGO, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE AVIATOR, CASINO
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ERIN BROCKOVICH, THE SOLOIST
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TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL (both as writer)
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