Private Project


Peter, a Freshman in college, gets a surprise phone call one morning that his close friend from high school, Will, is in town. As the two attempt to reconnect after not seeing each other for so many months, they begin to reflect on some of their past accomplishments and memories together and what among them matters most.

  • Garrett Strpko
  • Garrett Strpko
  • Ben Eizenga
  • Jacob McDowell
  • Garrett Strpko
  • Jonah Jackson
    Key Cast
  • Eli Altena
    Key Cast
  • Emily Myers
    Key Cast
  • Jacob McDowell
    Director of Photography
  • Lana McDowell
    Executive Producer
  • Ben Brushaber
    Executive Producer
  • Libby Strpko
  • Ben Brushaber
  • Dominique Yuzon
    Assistant Camera
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Independent Drama, Independent
  • Completion Date:
    May 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Adrian International Film Festival
    Adrian, Michigan
    United States
    May 19, 2018
    Audience Choice
Director Biography - Garrett Strpko

Garrett is a student filmmaker from Lansing, Michigan. Ever since he started filming war stories in his backyard with his friends and his dad's camcorder, Garrett has wanted to make movies. Through high school, Garrett worked on several projects with Director of Photography Jacob McDowell. He is currently pursuing his love for cinema's poetic and rhetorical power as a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Director Statement

Peak is a coming-of-age story involving first-year College students who secretly yearn for the simplicity of their life in high school, when the world seemed smaller, the possibilities more endless, and relationships more genuine. It's a reflection on which sorts of memories and accomplishments matter most. This short is by far the largest I, or the cast and crew, for that matter, have taken part in. Filmed on a low budget and even tighter schedule, Peak is a student film in its most genuine sense, and the project has been as much a learning experience for me and our wonderful team as the story is for the characters.