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Synopsis: When Nova Dante’s parents go on vacation, it falls on her to look after the ghosts that reside within the Dante family cemetery. Nova is more worried that her Shinto priest boyfriend, Haru, has forgotten their anniversary, while her best friend Scottie, quartermaster and weapons expert, tries to reassure her that he hasn’t.

At Haru’s family shrine, they accidentally release evil ghosts that threaten to destroy the world. As events spiral into chaos, the evil ghosts possess Scottie. Haru leaves, wanting to pursue his own solution to the problem. At her lowest point, Nova must learn to rely on herself (and friends) to overcome the physical and inner demons present in her life.

Genre

Horror/Comedy

Rated

PG-13

Language

English

Run Time

15 minutes

Starring

Tricia Fukuhara (Novo Dante)
Daniel Chung (Haru Ishikawa)
Noveen Crumbie (Scottie Hallie)
Jesten Mariconda (Joe)
Xiumei Lin (VOICE OF MOM)

Directed by

Nancy Lin

Produced by

Michea Bryant
Don Ohmer

Edited by

Nicholas Manting-Brewer
Nancy Lin

Composer

Jacques Brautber

Production Designer

Kevin Reeves

Cinematographer

Heyjin Jun

Prod. Company

Director's Statement

I love ghost mythologies, so many cultures have their own take on it and I wanted to combine that in a comedy with an Asian-American female lead, which you don’t see very often. I wanted to carve out a space for Asian-Americans in horror/action roles because growing up, I’d only seen Asian-Americans in very stereotypical roles. I’ve been making many short films over the years and I wanted to create a pilot for a longer structured storyline, possibly a TV show, as well. I wanted Asian-American women to have role models in media that they could relate and look up to, and not be fetishized or marginalized. And to not be afraid of finding their own voice.

Director's Bio

Nancy Lin is a Chinese-American director, writer, and cinematographer who graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a Master’s Degree in Film/Television Production. Her films have been accepted and awarded in numerous film festivals such as LAShorts, OUTFEST, LAPPFF. Nancy is deeply invested in sharing the odd stories and characters she’s got oozing around in her brains. She enjoys long walks in the cemetery and petting cats.

Awards

Hollywood Blood Horror Festival - United States - Jan 2020

Best Director (Dante Falls, Nancy Lin)

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, US - United States - 2019

Best Production Design (Dante Falls, Kevin Reeves)

Hollywood Blood Horror Festival - United States - 2020

Best Producers (Dante Falls, Michea Bryant & Don Ohmer)

Top Shorts Film Festival - United States - 2019

Best Ensemble Cast (Dante Falls, Tricia Fukuhara, Daniel Chung, Noveen Crumbie, Jesten Mariconda)

Imaginarium Film Festival - United States - 2019

Best Screenplay (Dante Falls, Nancy Lin)

Nominations

Maverick Movie Awards - United States - 2019

Best Director

Maverick Movie Awards - United States - 2019

Best Screenplay

Maverick Movie Awards - United States - 2019

Best Special Effects

Indie Short Fest - United States - 2019

Best Student Short

IndieX Film Fest - United States - 2020

Best Producer

Official selection

Chinese American Film Festival - United States - 2019

Boston Underground Film Festival - United States - 2020

DC APA - United States - 2020

Sacramento Film Festival - United States - 2019

Haunted House FearFest - United Kingdom - 2020

Country of Origin

United States

Production Year

2019

Official Website

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