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Synopsis: Three 20-something detectives are plagued with insecurities and indecision as they begin their detectiving careers. With Christmas on the horizon, the detectives take a vacation. Meanwhile a case they’ve neglected has snowballed in their absence, and the responsibility draws them back into danger.



Run Time

79 minutes


Conor Bell (Chauncy McGroobqueens)

Directed by

Samuel Russell
Christopher Maher

Director's Statement

Bad Tiding’s was made with a micro-budget and a skeleton crew. We wrote a scene-by-scene outline of the film, then specifics and dialogue were improvised. The film was shot in the winter after graduating from college, and the goal was to capture our early-20s anxieties within the pulpy trappings of film noir.

Director's Bio

Christopher Maher and Samuel B Russell met at film school where they collaborated on films about robots, bird puppets, and insecure vikings. They are the writing/directing team behind Bad Tidings.

Sam works as a video editor and lives with two cats and seven plants. He loves movies, podcasts, naps, pecans, and chocolate. Bad Tidings is his first feature film, and he hopes to make many more. His current influences include Miyazaki, the Wachowskis, Raja Gosnell, Jacques Demy, and his friends. His goals for future projects include telling stories about strength in community and innate human kindness, and exploring/expanding the visual language of uniquely digital filmmaking.

Christopher Maher is a high school teacher in Brooklyn and lives with so many plants but no cats. Bad Tidings is his first feature film. He loves writing, reading books, outer space, cooking, and playing board games (including Dungeons & Dragons). His favorite authors include Ursula Le Guin, William Gibson, and Jorge Borges, and his favorite filmmakers include Paul Thomas Anderson, Hayao Miyazaki, Werner Herzog, and George Miller. In the future he wants to tell stories focused on curiosity, compassion, and community, hopefully with some wonky narrative structures (but not in a showboaty way).

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