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Alien Communications (Short Film)

Sometimes communicating with the opposite sex can be as alien as communicating with well... an alien. This slightly sci-fi short film is a touching coming of age story that the awkward in all of us can relate to. Winner, Best Student Film at the Maryland International and Clean Short Film Festivals. Winner, Best Youth Film at FilmQuest, Official selection of STIFF, the Taos Shortz Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, NFFTY, Norwich Film Festival, Incredifest, FilmQuest, Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and the Borrego Springs Film Festival.

  • Kurtis Theorin
    Director
    Retreat
  • Kris Theorin
    Director
    Retreat
  • Kurtis Theorin
    Writer
  • Amy Theorin
    Producer
  • Evangeline Young
    Key Cast
  • Luke Baxter
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, student, comedy, teen
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    February 18, 2015
  • Borrego Springs Film Festival
    Borrego Springs, CA
    January 24, 2015
  • Taos Shortz Film Festival
    Taos, New Mexico
    March 20, 2015
  • Maryland International Film Festival
    Hagerstown, MD
    March 27, 2015
    Best Student Film
  • Clean Shorts Film Festival
    Oklahoma
    April 4, 2015
    Best Student Film
  • Norwich Film Festival
    Norwich, UK
    April 24, 2015
Director Biography - Kurtis Theorin, Kris Theorin

Kris and Kurtis Theorin, a pair of young film making brothers from Pennsylvania, have been making films together since they were 10 years old. Their films include a series of stop motion animated shorts of which several, including The Call of Farqunglu, played at festivals around the country. Their live action short 'Retreat' recently played at HollyShorts 2014. They really need to get out of the house more often.

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Director Statement

I find it humorous when people ignore extraordinary issues to focus on ordinary ones. This movie is about communication and how it can be an awkward and confusing struggle on both an interpersonal and interstellar level.