A young woman struggling with anxiety sits down with a therapist after her self-destructive actions reach a boiling point.
This film was produced as the thesis for my degree in Film and Media Culture from Middlebury College.
Starring Maggie Cochrane, J. Louis Reid, Andrea Olsen, and Matti Suomenaro.
Camera and audio assistance by Dylan Redford and Jordan Collins.
Special effects by Miriam Nielsen. Lighting work by Kelsey Barton Henry and Kirsten Aguilar.
With thanks to Ioana Uricaru, Ethan Murphy, Christian Keathley, Deborah Butler, and Tim Savard.
Music by Nine Inch Nails, used and remixed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States:ghosts.nin.com/main/faq
Three high school students reflect back on their last interactions with a peer at the end of the same day.
This film was partially inspired by the passing of an old friend of mine. A mutual friend texted me "Have you heard?" and refused to respond because she didn't want to me to find out over the phone. Ironically, this lead to my discovering of his death via my Facebook feed.
Starring Adam Milano, Rachel Goodgal, Brandan Gell and Angelissa Paulino. With music by My Bubba and Mi, Jameson Fassett-Carmen and Aly Fassett-Carmen. Camera assistance by Alec Richker and sound recording by Dylan Redford.
Two grieving parents are interviewed about their family while their son drives across the United States, back to their home.
Shot over the course of two weeks in 2012 in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan; Badlands National Park, South Dakota; Missoula, Montana; Sudbury and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Additional camera work done by James Waters.
Starring James Waters, Angelissa Paulino and Benjamin Savard. Produced by the Middlebury College Film Department and Benjamin Savard.
The Good Trilogy
After a bizarre encounter with a pentecostal preacher, a young man explores his faith.
The 'Good' Trilogy is a series of short films comprised of "Good Word," "Good Book," and "Good Earth." The trilogy was shot with a variety of equipment over the course of six months (and three seasons) in Western Vermont. The middle film, "Good Book," was my first.
Starring Hubert Adjei-Kontah and Dylan Redford. Featuring music by Coeur de Pirate, which is copyrighted by Grosse Boîte Records and can be purchased here.
A college student visits her family's old apple orchard, and finds a boy running away from home.
This film takes its name from Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, New Hampshire, who was generous enough to let us use their grounds for the film in the spring of 2012. Starring Jenny Johnston and Syd Haltom. Music by Father Sleep and My Bubba and Mi. Sound recording by Alec Richker.
A young woman begins to lose control over her long-distance relationship.
This film came about as a challenge to create a fully-formed short film in only five shots. The constricted parameters of of the film allowed for a unique structure. The five shots are symmetrical: shots 1 and 5, plus 2 and 4 match in terms of lens length, arrangement and character motion.
The film stars Amelia Furlong, who wrote most of her own lines after discussing the story with Savard.