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Dr. Neal Goodman enables terminal patients' right to die through the practice of mercy killing via his one-of-a-kind device. But when he sets out to fulfill a mother's request to euthanize her 'terminally-ill' daughter, he discovers that his procedure is the crux of an elaborate cult ritual that tests his ethics like never before.
Atticus cain | Dr. Neal Goodman
This is not the first time that atticus has played a doctor - in the 2012 drama the perks of being a wallflower, atticus played an emergency room doctor and in cbs' the guardian he held a cameo role as a surgeon. Currently, atticus resides in new york city and can be found both onstage and on the screen.
Eileen weisinger | Lilith Angler
Like her character in the film, eileen is a force to be reckoned with. she is known for her stunt work in films and series like money monster, the amazing spider-man 2, iron man 2, sons of anarchy, and more. She is also known for her cameo roles in films and series like iron man, law and order: svu, gotham, planet of the apes, and more.
Dannah Basgall | Alice Angler
Dannah is currently in rehearsals with face to face films as a lead for their independent feature shooting summer/Fall 2018.
Most Recently, she's made cameo appearances in NBc's the blacklist, saturday night live, and martin scorsese's the irishman, slated for release in 2019.
FEATURING: VARIOUS RESIDENTS OF BERLIN, MD AS THE TOWN CULTists.
Grayson Whitehurst |
Grayson Whitehurst is an nyc-based director and experimental artist. Recently, he co-directed a 30 second mastercard spot that aired during the masters, went viral with his horror web-series/alternate reality game spectacular organic, and is currently in development on a feature. A HANDFUL OF DUST is his undergrad thesis film for nyu's tisch school of the arts.
JACKSON TISI | CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jackson Tisi (pictured right) is an nyc-based director/dp.
His documentaries and music videos have been featured on outlets like forbes, paper magazine, and more. Recently, he co-directed the mastercard spot mentioned above and is currently shooting a documentary in Baltimore, MD about local poet and activist Kondwani Fidel.
Taylor Haley | Producer
Since discovering her passion for "creative clearance," or meeting creative visions with pragmatic goals, Taylor has worked alongside a number of directors to make their dreams a reality. Currently, taylor is in development as an associate producer for documentary about soul legend lee fields.
Claire Stacy | Producer
A san Francisco transplant living in brooklyn, claire has seen and done it all. She's worked in short form content at companies like rsa and Pomp & Clout, produced several shorts and music videos during her time at nyu's tisch school of the arts, and interned at the daily show.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: GRAHAM LITTEN | PRODUCTION DESIGN: RACHEL BROWN | Costume design: elena lark
STEADICAM OP/CAM OP: CALVIN FALK | 1ST AC: TOMMY CHAN | 2ND AC: SARAH GOLD | GAFFER: SAM COWAN, ZACHARY GRULLON
ART Direction: Frankie Ruiz | Art Assist: erin checkosky | HMU: Elena ganz | HMU Assist: Frannie Bromley
sound mixer: varyana galdamez | sound design, dialogue EDITOR : Pat Zimmon | Original score: Gavin Brivik
UPM: Marie Fucile | Offset costume assist: William Planey | Production assistant: Justin hommel
COLORIST: Kath Raisch of Company 3 | dit: Noah Weisfogel | Poster: Meagan "Magpie" rodgers
A HANDFUL OF DUST is inspired by a number of things: the real experiences of Jack Kevorkian, or "Dr. Death," films of the occult like Ben Wheatley's kill List and Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man, and, perhaps most significantly, what it feels like to lose someone close and have no control over their own demise.
I lost both of my parents before the age of twenty one and, to this day, I struggle with accepting the fact that i couldn't prevent it. I could identify their vices, but I couldn't change them on a fundamental level.
I thought there was a tangible design behind repairing what was broken in each of their lives.
but I discovered that there was no design, and, even worse, there were no rules.
A Handful of Dust functions as a reflection on this discovery, primarily through the overwhelming sense of doom that follows Dr. Goodman from the moment he enters Lilith's domain and the tragedy that ensues.
He progressively realizes that he has no handle over the situation he's found himself in, and that there's a very malicious logic at play. The rules of his procedure - that the patient must be terminal, ensuring that they are comfortable with their decision, etc. - are manipulated. The foundations of his benevolence are undermined, and before he can do anything to stop it, it’s too late. His tragic fate has sealed itself.
It's this sentiment - one defined by a total loss of control and inescapable fate -
that envelops me constantly and inspires the creative energy behind this film.
"What difference does it make, doctor? whether she's terminal or not."
"the difference between me being a murderer and a martyr, ma'am."
"And which one are you, neal? Because, as far as I'm concerned, you have
the authority to do something that no man should have in the first place."
FEBRUARY 1st @ 10:30PM - Regent Theatre [Toronto, CA] | Pendance film Festival [Tickets]
February 20th @ 6:00PM - Anthology Film Archives [New York, NY] | Newfilmmakers NY [Website]
March 9th @ 9:00PM - Associazione ABOUT, Venice [Venice, Italy] | FHIFF [Tickets]
March 11th @ 2:30PM - Alamo Lamar [Austin, Tx] | SXSW Film Festival (Title sequence only) [Tickets]
March 23rd @ 3:30PM - Kaufman Astoria Studios [Astoria, NY] | Queens World Film Festival [Tickets]
March 29th @ 12:15PM - Grand Piano Ballroom [Hagerstown, Md] | Maryland International Film Festival [Tickets]
March 30th @ 12:00PM - House of Independents [Asbury Park, NJ] | Garden State Film Festival [Tickets]
April 6th @ 11:15AM - Auditorium 8 [Sarasota, FL] | Sarasota Film Festival [Tickets]
April 6th @ 10:00PM - Hanesbrands Theatre [Winston-Salem, NC] | RiverRun International Film Festival [Tickets]
April 7th @ 5:15PM - Auditorium 8 [Sarasota, FL] | Sarasota Film Festival [Tickets]
April 13th @ 10:00PM - Hanesbrands Theatre [Winston-Salem, NC] | RiverRun International Film Festival [Tickets]
June 6th @ 6:25PM - The Norwood Inn [Hudson, Oh] | International HOrror HOtel [Tickets]
July 6th @ 7:00PM - El Circol [Barcelona, Spain] | Cryptshow Festival [Tickets]
August 11th @ 10:00PM - TCL Chinese Theatre (Los Angeles, California) | Hollyshorts Film Festival [Tickets]
DEcember @ TBD - The Frida Cinema (Santa ANA, California) | Horrible Imaginings Film Festival [Tickets Soon]
HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL [US, 2019]
RiverRun International Film Festival [US, 2019]
Sarasota Film Festival [US, 2019]
SXSW Film Festival [Title Design Competition] [US, 2019] | Nominee: Excellence in Title Design
Queens World Film Festival [US, 2019] | Nominee: Best Film, Best Cinematography
Pendance Film Festival [Canada, 2019]
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival: Campfire Tales [US, 2019]
Maryland International Film Festival [US, 2019]
Garden State Film Festival [US, 2019]
NewFILMMAKERS NY [US, 2019]
International Horror Hotel [Us, 2019] | Winner: Best Suspense/Thriller Short, Best Lead Actor, Short
Independent Horror Movie Awards [US, 2019] | WINNER: BEST FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
First Hermetic International Film Festival [Italy, 2019] | Winner: Best Cinematography, Nominee: Best Short Film
CRYPTSHOW FESTIVAL [SPAIN, 2019}
Miami Independent Film Festival [US, 2019]
WE ARE MOVING STORIES - ‘QWFF / MIFF 2019 – A Handful of Dust’
Cinema Crazed - ‘Shorts Round Up of the Week: Halloween Horror Month Edition’
Pendance Film Festival - Panel Talk [Video]
Crypt Teaze - [Review] Grayson Whitehurst's 'A Handful Of Dust'
Film Threat - ‘A Handful of Dust’ Review
PENDANCE FILM FESTIVal - official trailer
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