Private Project


A first-person chase film, shot with near-total conformity to Dogme95 rules, about a man on the run after stealing a phone to make one fateful call.

  • John Klein
    Chrysalis, Happily After
  • John Klein
    Glass City
  • John Klein
    Chrysalis, Separation Anxiety, Rendezvous
  • William Donaruma
    Key Cast
  • John Klein
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - John Klein

JOHN KLEIN is a happily married director and cinematographer, lover of dogs, Instagram addict (@windycitycamera), and all-around happy dude. He has shot projects of all shapes, sizes, and budgets; whether it's short films like the neo-noir Fate Accompli or feature films such as the character-driven NightLights, or whether it's traveling around the globe for the Bangladesh documentary Strong Bodies Fight, or lensing the HBO GO web series "Single Long" in his hometown of Chicago, he's always eager to collaborate and tell unique stories in a visually dynamic style. John is also the executive producer of Glass City Films, a Midwest-based production company through which he has overseen as producer and directed several short and feature films, including the award-winning post-apocalyptic thriller Chrysalis. John is proud to be enrolled in the MFA Digital Cinema program at Depaul University, and hopes to use his degree to further his film collaborations and to teach students of all ages about the joys of cinema.

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Director Statement

For a production workshop class I had, we were tasked with crafting a three-minute short in the tradition of Dogme 95's Vow of Chastity. Since I was in Rome during the filming of this project with my friend and colleague Bill, we had to do it entirely on our own and I had to write something entirely suited to the location and the equipment we had. We shot entirely on location in the neighborhood around our hotel with a DSLR and all audio was captured on site. Enjoy!

(Requirements were as follows: "Create a three-minute drama in the mode of Dogme95. All Dogme 95 rules in the “Vow of Chastity” will apply as obstructions. The genre is “drama” in the sense that there must be exposition, conflict, and a climax - not in the drama vs. comedy sense; your drama may be comedic. The story must include some sort of “secret” that is revealed in the film.")