Untread is a 15 mins Sci-Fi thriller short film, that entails the life of a young man named Haz and the chaos that engulfs his life, in the year 2050. Haz has horrific dreams and is unable to fathom them. There are legal implications that arise in his life. These dreams cause havoc in his personal life. Dark shadows, lurk around him and Haz is oblivious to the fact that he might be part of a bigger conspiracy. Unraveling the dream is the crux of the story.

  • Archita Mandal
  • Bhavesh Mehta
  • Geraldine Conley
  • Ryan Fallini
  • Archita Mandal
  • Daniel Rief
    Key Cast
  • Phil Wiseman
    Key Cast
  • Anubha Prakash
    Key Cast
  • Nathan Rahn
    Key Cast
  • Archita Mandal
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 25, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Best Shorts Competition
    La Jolla , CA
    Award of Merit
  • IndieFest Awards
    La Jolla, CA
    Award of Merit Special Mention: Actor: Leading (Daniel Rief as Haz), Award of Merit: Direction, Award of Merit: Experimental, Award of Merit: Creativity/Originality, Award of Merit Special Mention: Concept
  • Women's International Film & Arts Festival
    Miami, Florida
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Archita Mandal

Archita Mandal was born in Calcutta, India, grew up in Kuwait, and later moved to Canada for the final years of her undergraduate studies. She currently lives in the bay area. Aside from her technical background, she was drawn to involvement in independent movie-making in Silicon Valley. Film gives her a powerful platform upon which to exercise her talents in storytelling and visual arts. She has worked on several short films in different capacities, from script writer, art director, set design, choreography, and most recently director. She has taken script writing classes from San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. Archita’s directorial debut, Untread, is a science fiction thriller set in the near future and is being screened at the upcoming Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, 2015. Her next project is a music video, with a social message, featuring an original score.

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Director Statement

Untread is a dynamic imbalance play of chess between characters with shades of grey. There is frustration, confusion and chaos that engulfs a young man's life. Untread also treads in to the territory of a futuristic era, where computer holograms are a reality, smart watches are in use and technology is everywhere. This is shown in a subtle way in the short. Untread is also about asking a very important question, that when snap decisions are made, you live with monsters you created; and how far can you go to retain your sanity. The making of this movie has been absolute joy with an amazingly talented cast and crew. Hopefully we have made a short film that sticks and intrigues people so that they feel entertained, yet we are evaluating a socially conscious message. How deep into man’s soul can technology advance and will we be the better for it?