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Johnny, full-time stoner and part-time clerk in a run-down gas station somewhere in the South, sells a little bag of weed to an attractive girl, unaware of the store's security camera recording him. Now Johnny desperately needs to destroy the evidence of his drug deal, before a mysterious sheriff can get hold of the store's security tape for his very own reasons.

  • Jonas Schubach
  • Jonas Schubach
  • Brandon Shenk
  • Jake Bell
    Key Cast
  • T.C. Sharpe
    Key Cast
    Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan
  • Devin Feheley
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 3, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED 6K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Jonas Schubach

Raised at Lake Constance in the Swiss Alps, Jonas traveled far to pursue his MFA in Film Production at Florida State University.

After receiving his BA in TV Journalism from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and his MA in Film Production from the University of Memphis, Jonas is now pursuing his MFA at Florida State University, specializing in Cinematography.

Jonas is interested in stories that deal with the absurdity and meaning(lessness?) of life and he likes to explores these themes with irony in his comedies.

Recently, he served as the Director of Photography for “Vissi d’Arte,” a feature documentary about Memphis opera star Kallen Esperian. Jonas’ work has been broadcast on public television in Germany and in the United States and his narrative films have received recognitions in the Southeast, including the Indie Memphis Production Grant.

In his free time, Jonas plays Beatles songs on the guitar and the piano and sometimes he pictures himself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

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Director Statement

“Smoked” is inspired by Gottfried Keller’s novel “Clothes make the man,” in which a poor tailor gets mistaken for a wealthy Polish count, when all he does is to dress nicely. After a while he starts to exploit this “misunderstanding” (in particular when a beautiful woman falls for the mysterious foreign count…).
I find imposter stories intriguing because they reveal truth about the rules of our society and their underlying psychology, while keeping a subtle ironic humor. Criminals or not, the way con artists take advantage of these social rules fascinates me.