After waking up to find herself at the mercy of a sadistic hitman, a young woman attempts to recall the events that lead to her capture.

  • Jake Portie
    The Neighborhood Watch, Ruthless, The Session
  • Jake Portie
    The Neighborhood Watch, Ruthless, The Session
  • Jake Portie
    The Neighborhood Watch, Ruthless, The Session
  • Lyndsay Craven
    Key Cast
  • Richard Warner
    Key Cast
  • Darline Garrett
    Key Cast
  • Jake Portie
    The Neighborhood Watch, Ruthless, The Session
  • Shannon Boozer
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Psychological-Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Sam Houston Spring Film Festival
    Huntsville, TX
    United States
    April 27, 2017
    Best Performance
Director Biography - Jake Portie

Jake Portie is a filmmaker from Southeast Texas who is known for his psychological-thriller storytelling and distinct directing style. His short films Ruthless and The Neighborhood Watch were each State Finalists in the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival in 2015 and 2016 respectively. These projects were screened at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Portie now studies TV and Film Production at Sam Houston State University where his latest thriller (Dancer) recently received the award for Best Performance at the school’s 2017 Spring Film Festival.

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Director Statement

My goal as a filmmaker is to tell stories that people relate to. To create characters that they fall in love with. To me-- Dancer is a story about trauma-- and its devastating effects. If viewers were to learn anything from Dancer, I would hope that it's to show compassion to everyone around you, as it is impossible to know what they are going through.

Overall, bringing this story to life was an amazing experience. Thanks so much to my incredibly talented cast and crew-- and thank you to the fans who have continually supported my art. I couldn't imagine doing anything else!