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Synopsis: On the anniversary of his mother’s mysterious death, Sam brings his new boyfriend Evan home to meet his reclusive, conservative father. As Evan tours the lakeside home and gets to know Sam’s father, secrets rise to the surface.



Run Time

16 minutes


Matthew Courson (Sam)
Aleksander Varadian (Evan)
Patrick Heraghty (Dad)
Catherine Nastasi (Mom)

Directed by

Mark J. Parker

Produced by

Tom Ciuba

Edited by

Erin Waters


Brendan H. Banks

Director's Statement

This short film is about the horror of homophobia within a family, and how that hate can cause irreparable damage. It was written, directed, and produced by gay filmmakers who are interested in seeing more LBGTQ+ characters in scary stories.

Director's Bio

Mark J. Parker was born in southern New Jersey and grew up acting in theater and independent films, and making his own student films, in the greater Philadelphia area. After studying at Temple University for a year, he moved to New York City in 2006 to attend Fordham University. In New York, he worked at various companies and networks like ABC, NBC, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Telepictures, Harpo, and Jarrett Creative Group, and continued acting here and there. He started working on independent features and shorts in 2011, and continues to produce, cast, assistant direct, script supervise, shoot, edit, and write and direct indie and digital projects today. He directed his first professional short film Sticks in Maine and it screened at 40 North American film festivals in 2016-2017. He directed his second short Family History in Connecticut and it has been screening virtually since Fall 2020. He now lives in southern Maine, where he freelances in entertainment/media, works on his next shorts (including Twin, now in post-production), and teaches teens, children, and adults.

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