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Shorts 8: Buried at the Surface

September 2 @ 9:00 pm 10:45 pm EDT

A collection of thrillers in a variety of ways! Learn more about the films in this program below.

The Watcher

The last remaining member of a small religious cult (The Children of Enoch) awaits the resurrection of her recently departed “sisters” and their leader, Father Enoch. Filmed over a single weekend in northern Vermont, the film is a taut exploration of self-identity at its limits.

Director/Writer/Producer: Nathan Sellers
Producer: Christopher J. King
Cast: Charlotte Rea, Sandrine Morin, Rohit David

2022 | 9 mins | US | English | Color | Arthouse thriller


When Jonas visits his father after a long time, he’s shocked to find him in a confused state. Has his father’s mental state badly deteriorated or is something more sinister going on? Borne out of the filmmaker’s own experience with his father, this film is at turns touching and scary.

Director: Niels Bourgonje
Writer: Bastiaan Tichler
Producer: Daniel Aiss
Cast: Jack Wouterse, Sanne den Hartogh

2022 | 15 mins | Netherlands | Dutch | Color | 🏆 | Horror, thriller

The Old Young Crow

The Old Young Crow tells the story of Mehrdad, a 10 year old Iranian boy who has recently moved to Tokyo. Mehrdad’s story is narrated by himself as an old man, recounting one particular event through his own sketchbook. Using a combination of practical effects, animation, live action, and computer generated elements, the film tells a story of loss, immigration, familial love, and the beauty of nature.

Director/Writer/Producer: Liam LoPinto
Cast: Naoto Shibata, Hassan Shahbazi, Keiko Yamashita, Hitoshi Hinomizu

2022 | 12 mins | Japan | Japanese, Persian | Color | 🍊✏️ | Mystery, thriller, animation

The Housefly

While trying to cook dinner after a long day, a man is bothered by the presence of a fly. As he starts to take more drastic measures to kill the insect, he slowly loses touch with reality.

Director/Writer: Darshan Patel
Producer: Sabrina Lassegue, Alex Smoot
Cast: Brandon Brown, Kai Morfin

2023 | 10 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩🎬 | Horror, experimental

The filmmaker Darshan Patel and producer Alex Smoot are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.


An oil worker living under the radar in a small desert town is forced to uproot his life when someone from his violent past catches up to him.

Director: Robert Julian Tuttle
Writer: Lucas James Brawner
Producer: Rohan Simha Kumar
Cast: Jeremy Urann, Rob McCrea, Darren Cruz

2023 | 15 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🎬✏️ | Thriller, drama


A widower and his young daughter fend off a predatory land speculator by any means necessary in this psychological thriller set on a dying ranch in the Southwest. With shifting points of view and a twisting power structure, the story delves deep into our perception of control.

Director/Writer/Producer: Ty Clancey
Producer: Bo Clancey
Cast: Clayne Crawford, Jesse Garcia, Diana Zermeno

2023 | 24 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Thriller, horror, suspense

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