Missed Calls

"Missed Calls" is the first in a series of experimental narrative short films based on posts to Craigslist's "Missed Connections." "Missed Calls" features Vanischa Stephens reenacting a post about an Oops! -- regretting having blown off a request for a phone number during an encounter on a bus -- while a variety of special effects imagine the backstory that caused the hesitation and regret.

  • Pamela Falkenberg
    Director
  • Jack Cochran
    Director
  • Pamela Falkenberg
    Producer
  • Vanischa Stephens
    Key Cast
  • Jack Cochran
    Editing and sound design
  • Pamela Falkenberg
    Cinematography and production design
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Romance, Narrative
  • Runtime:
    54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Avalonia Festival II
    West Kingston, RI
    United States
    April 20, 2018
    World Premiere
    Award Winner, one actor one minute category
  • Independent Talents International Film Festival
    Bloomington, IN
    United States
    February 28, 2019
    Official selection and finalist nominated for best experimental idea film under 5 min.
Director Biography - Pamela Falkenberg, Jack Cochran

Jack's bio:

Jack is an independent filmmaker who has produced, directed, or shot a variety of experimental and personal projects. As a DP he has extensive experience shooting commercials, independent features, and documentaries. His varied commercial client list includes BMW, Ford, Nissan, Fujifilm, Iomega, Corum Watches, and Forte Hotels. His features and documentaries have shown at the Sundance, Raindance, Teluride, Tribeca, Edinburgh, Chicago, Houston, and Taos film Festivals, winning several honors. His commercials and documentaries have won Silver Lions from Cannes, a BAFTA (British Academy Award), Peabody Awards, and Cable Aces. Jack was trained at the University of Iowa Creative Writers Workshop as well as the University of Iowa film studies program. Some notable credits: Director of Photography on Brian Griffin's Claustrofoamia, Cinematography for Antony Thomas’ Tank Man, Director/Cinematographer of vientonocturno, and Cinematographer of Ramin Niami’s feature film Paris.

Pam's bio:

Pam is an independent filmmaker who received her PhD from the University of Iowa and taught at Northern Illinois University, St.Mary's College, and the University of Notre Dame. She directed the largest student film society in the US while she was at the University of Iowa, and also ran films series for the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. Her experimental film with Dan Curry, Open Territory, received an individual filmmaker grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the Center for New Television and the Indiana Arts Council. OT was screened at numerous film festivals, including the AFI Video Festival, and was nominated for a regional Emmy. Her other films include museum installations, scholarly/academic hybrid works shown at film conferences, and a documentary commissioned by the Peace Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

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Director Statement

Jack Cochran and Pam Falkenberg are making personal films together again under the name Outlier Moving Pictures. They hope their new films will be worthy of the name -- avoiding the usual patterns and approaching their subject matter from the margins (which sounds better than saying that as filmmakers they're oddballs and cranks). Pam and Jack met in graduate school and made films together when they were young. Jack went on to become a professional cinematographer working out of LA and London, while Pam stayed in the Midwest, where she was a college professor and independent filmmaker before dropping out to work in visual display. Their first film together is based on Jack's short poems. Next is a film about the North Dakota landscape and Teddy Roosevelt. Along with that, a series of shorts about photo opportunities and roadside attractions in Texas, some short poetry films, and some brief experimental romantic comedies based on Craigslist's Missed Connections. Then, who knows?