A boy's dreams begin to blur with his reality.

Contrasts, juxtapositions, and intuition play significant roles in this short film. A young man on the verge of adulthood experiences an ever-changing sense of reality. By night, he suffers nightmares populated by chilling figures who seem to have a substantive physical presence and who torment his sleep. During the day, he feels somewhat comforted by the soothing routine of his home life which includes the attentive care of his mother.

Layers of his childlike understanding are loosened and stripped away leaving him reeling. He comes ever closer to a deeper and more clear engagement of the truth as he now is able to understand it through the lens of his emerging individuated self. He must choose to face the whole of who is and where he comes from in order to proceed on his path to transcendent manhood or shun the facets of the shadow he encounters and remain in a state of adolescent naivete.

“As a child, I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.” ~Carl Jung

  • Emma Keehan
  • Emma Keehan
  • Emma Keehan
  • Jude Hermanny
    Key Cast
  • Sophie Keehan
    Key Cast
  • Carmen Fischer
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
    Burlington, NC
    United States
    November 8, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Winter Film Awards
    New York City
    United States
    February 18, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Midwest Weirdfest
    Eau Claire, WI
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    March 9, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Indie Visions Film Festival
    Charlottesville, VA
    United States
    March 31, 2019
  • Light & Future International Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    March 31, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Picture Show Panic
    Titusville, Florida
    United States
    October 19, 2019
  • Charlotte Film Festival
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    United States
    September 25, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Devil's Night Gallery Film +Art Event
    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
    United States
    November 1, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Genre Celebration
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Emma Keehan

New to the Asheville, NC area, I am looking forward to being a part of the talented film community here.

My day job is in the mentoring/counseling field with flexible shifts and this has allowed me to work with some local filmmakers on several interesting projects and I look forward to continuing my engagement with the local film community.

Before moving to Asheville, I was a student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) where I graduated in 2018 with a degree in film. I was a member of the Production Club at my school for my first year and went on to be selected as the club's Producer and Officer, successfully running the club for the next three years.
I had some wonderful teachers at UWM, including Tate Bunker, Sky Hopinka, and the late Ken Wood. My favorite classes included: Zen, The Art of Filmmaking, Director of Photography, Horror, and The Business of Screenwriting. The connections with my professors and fellow students were the most valuable assets from that chapter in my life and I long for the time when we can all gather again to work on a collaborative project.

My years in Milwaukee were the longest time I have spent in one city. From a very young age, my family moved from place to place on an average of every two years. It was incredibly fun and exciting to move all over the world and meet and become friends with so many different people.

Amidst all the travel were two constants for me and my younger sister and brother. 1) We all were homeschooled. In fact, my first class in “normal school” was my first day in college, where I graduated with honors. 2) We were all on the saber fencing circuit for many years, bringing home gold medals and high rankings. My sister and I traveled around the world for years representing the US in our sport.

I want to use my life to explore, take risks, and connect with people along the way. Which is great because, as far as I can tell, that’s what life wants for me and if I should be allowed to philosophize for a moment, for us all as human beings.

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