Jim Novak was never a good man. In the last years of his life he finds himself dependent on his daughter and her family. A cowardly soldier, an absentee father, and an abusive husband, his failures have come back to haunt him. He'll never discover what real dangers live with him. "Inheritance" is a supernatural drama with Charles Dickens spirits with a Hitchcock twist.

  • Barak Shpiez
  • Barak Shpiez
  • Cait Murray
    A New York Heartbeat
  • Bingo O'Malley
    Key Cast
    Out of the Furnace, Love and Other Drugs, Wonder Boys
  • Adrienne Wehr
    Key Cast
    Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Unstoppable, Dogma
  • Randy Kovitz
    Key Cast
    Parks and Recreation, Numb3rs, The Practice
  • Bob Bell
    Key Cast
    She's Out of My League, The Next Three Days
  • Nina DeBlasio
    Key Cast
  • Alex Blair
    Key Cast
  • Olivia Krivacs
    Key Cast
  • Caroline Collins
    Key Cast
    The Kill Point
  • Andrew Kelemen
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Supernatural
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cannes Short Film Corner 2015
    Cannes, France
    May 13, 2015
  • IFS Film Fest (Independent Filmmaker Showcase)
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 22, 2015
    North American Premiere
  • Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 24, 2015
Distribution Information
  • ShortsTV
    Country: United States
    Rights: Paid TV
  • Amazon Prime Video
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand
    Country: Germany
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Barak Shpiez

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Barak Shpiez received his first degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts before settling in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to enthusiastic reviews and a successful festival run, his first film, Inheritance, was showcased by AMC Independent and picked up by ShortsTV before moving to Amazon Prime Video. In 2023 he released his second film, Vax.

Barak's music has been featured in hundreds of episodes of TV programming from NBC, MTV, The History Channel, as well as film and advertising.

After earning degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and California State University, Barak worked for SRS Labs where he mixed content using Multidimensional Audio, the first object-based audio codec. He later joined DTS where he supported the release of spatial audio headphone mixes from Hans Zimmer, Soundgarden, and more. Barak has since worked for Audyssey and Dirac on acoustic room optimization technology.

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