Running Time: 9 min

Writer | Director | Producer

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MONSTERS

 

Length: 9 Minutes

Logline:

A father and young son struggle to connect through their perceived fears.

 

About the Film:

Monsters shows us how the perceived reality of a child can look entirely different from a father's. Monsters portrays a heightened picture of the everyday struggles of parenthood as they contrast with the struggles of childhood. 

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About

The film Monsters is an 8-minute short film that tells the story of a father and his young son struggling to connect through their perceived fears. The film investigates how the perceived reality of a child can look entirely different from a father's by portraying a heightened picture of the everyday struggles of parenthood as they contrast with the struggles of childhood.

 

While it is written in simplicity so that it connects with parents and children in a universal way, it also connects in specific ways to a marginalized portion of our society. Jeremy Davis, the writer/ director of Monsters, translates his experiences with PTSD and the difficulties connecting with children who have sensory processing disorders (SPD) like Autism. Monsters shows us how people struggling with these conditions experience reality in a transformative different way than ‘normal’ people.

 

While the discussion about diversity in film is much needed, there is an element largely missing from the public discourse. This film serves to be a conversation starter for people to talk about disabilities and mental illness. Monsters normalizes such conditions, making them approachable and understandable by the masses and serves to be a resource for people to explain their condition’s challenges to others.

 

The biggest strength of this film is that it is simultaneously universal and specific, bridging the gap of misunderstanding to open people’s hearts and minds to mental disabilities.

Cast

Chris Richards

Chris Richards is an experienced actor having worked In TV and film including Disney's The Three Bears and the Perfect Gift (2019) Castle Rock (2018), Death Metal (2017), Orange Is the New Black (2016), The Good Wife (2015), and Blue Bloods (2015). An accomplished theatre actor as well, you can currently see him onstage in Cleveland in "My First Time" at the Beck Center for the Arts and then in the Tony-Award-Winning musical "Memphis" at Cain Park.

Ian

Ian began acting at the age of 5 years old performing in a variety of theaters in the Cleveland Area. His favorite performances include Randy in Christmas Story at the Cleveland Play House, Tiny Tim in Christmas Carol at Great Lakes Theater, and Bud Ogden-Porter in Mothers and Sons and Beck Center for the Performing Arts.  Ian’ s love of performing has also placed him in playing background roles in various movies and doing voiceovers. Ian also enjoys playing the piano, fencing, singing and dancing.

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Crew

Jeremy Andrew Davis

Writer/Director/Producer

Jeremy Andrew Davis creates films that serve to be a force of positive change in the world by blending contemporary issues into immersive, entertaining stories. Jeremy’s films examine the human condition, exploring themes such as equality, disability, education, and faith, while critically portraying injustice. While this might imply that his films are heavy, these themes are instead subtle undercurrents running below the entertaining surface. 

Mathias Reed

Director of Photography

Mathias Reed brings an eclectic background  as visual artist, projections designer, and musician to his work as a filmmaker and cinematographer. A constant collaborator, Mathias has enjoyed working on live productions, documentaries, and independent films to create compelling picture and story.  Mathias currently serves both as a media producer for Oberlin College and Conservatory and as a cinematographer on independent films.

Kirk Pearson

Sound Designer/Composer

Kirk Pearson is a composer who spends roughly half his time making new things and the other half taking stuff apart. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Kirk's work melds the concert hall with the experimental: exploring the sonic qualities of everyday objects. He has composed music and designed audio experiences for the New Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Greenpeace, Nike, Ford, and TEDx, and have received accolades from Cannes, Cleveland International Film Festival, Balkanima and many others. He is currently a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, traveling the world composing pieces for experimental musical instruments.

Jami Kinton

Casting Director

Jami is the owner of Cleveland Audition Taping and a 10-year casting veteran. Part of her skill as a casting director is due to her experience as an actress and marketer. Jami is an 8-year in-park host for the Cleveland Indians and the female accent voice for Q104 and ENTERCOM Radio in Cleveland. She is the project manager at Fusion Marketing, as well as the lead host for the Fusion LIVE entertainment team. She is a professional model, actress and stuntwoman, and is a member of Stunt Predators, USA. After Monsters, her most recent project is the feature Anhedonia where she has cast Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Franklin and Bash, Garfield), Emily Kinney (Walking Dead, It's Complicated, The Flash), Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live, How I Met Your Mother, Odd Mom Out) and Giselle Eisenberg (Life in Pieces, The Wolf of Wall Street).

 

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