Private Project


A mother must come to terms with her guilt after committing a heinous crime of vengeance.

  • Daniel Bergeson
  • Daniel Bergeson
  • Daniel Bergeson
  • Rodney Bergeson
  • Aimee Klein
    Key Cast
  • Anya Clites
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Mystery, Crime
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 14, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • KC FilmFest
    Kansas City, MO
    United States
    April 14, 2018
    World Premiere
  • Sioux Empire Film Festival
    Sioux Falls, SD
    United States
    May 18, 2018
    South Dakota Premiere
  • 2nd Wular Lake International Short-Film Festival
    Jammu and Kashmir
    April 20, 2018
    Indian Premiere
    Best International Film
  • Manhattan Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    April 28, 2018
    New York Premiere
  • Young Director's Feedback Film Festival
    May 30, 2018
    Canadian Premiere
  • Unrestricted View Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 23, 2018
    European Premiere
Director Biography - Daniel Bergeson

A 2015 graduate of Lincoln High School and current student at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, Daniel Bergeson has been involved in production since he was two years old, when his father cast him in a PSA against littering. Daniel has always seen film as his best way to connect with the world, and sort through its complications.

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Director Statement

When I wrote the first draft for Unearthed, I didn't want to show it to anyone. This, you might say, is the nature of first drafts. However, my protective instinct toward the first few revisions was largely due to the fact that I didn't feel like I had the right to create these characters, or the story that encapsulates them. Truthfully, sometimes I still feel that way, even after having exported the final cut.

I don't know.

I feel strongly that every person should be encouraged to explore stories and characters with which they are largely unfamiliar, because the insights you can gain from sincerely taking the energy to write thoughtful dialogue in the voice of another has the potential to be nothing short of life-changing.

Anyway, I hope you connect with this film as much as I did with my 3:30 a.m. first draft.