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Tearful Surrender

First pre-production teaser from director Cassandra Sechler for her film "Tearful Surrender." Music written and recorded by Martin Daniels.

TEARFUL SURRENDER is a trilogy of stories from director Cassandra Sechler, each filled with intensity, murder, and tears, using nature, sexuality, monsters and violence as metaphor to convey the sadness and frustration of what it is to be immortal and the acceptance of fate.

  • Cassandra Sechler
  • Cassandra Sechler
  • Dreams For Dead Cats Productions
  • Cassandra Sechler
    Key Cast
  • Martin Daniels
  • Craig Jacobson
    Camera Operator
  • Film Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
    teaser, trailer, horror, fantasy, erotic horror
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 13, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Cassandra Sechler

Cassandra Sechler also known as the “Mistress of the Weird and the Wonderful,” is a conceptual artist based in San Francisco, California.

Her background and interest is in fine art photography and psychology, which aids in providing her viewer with expressionistic works that are both personal and poetic. The nature of gender, sexuality, identity, dreams, technological infrastructure, and her place within them are often the main focus of her work as a visual artist.

Sechler received her BA at San Francisco State University in 2009 and since has been a curator, writer, actress, and director at Dreams For Dead Cats Productions (DDCP), a San Francisco based DIY production team run by herself and filmmaker/musician Craig Jacobson. Together they express their visions by any means necessary through a variety of media, specializing in photography, film and video, editing, music, sound design, sculpture, make-up, graphic design, and more, aiming to provide exposure to non commercial artists’ endeavors worldwide.

In addition to Sechler’s work at DDCP, she has been lead curator for the Dimensions, Mindscapes, and Technophobia International Film Festivals, which toured the US. In 2013, Sechler was chosen as a juror and host at the 4th Annual Mascara and Popcorn Film Festival (Montreal), and she continues to organize and host underground film nights and exhibit her artwork in the bay area and beyond.

Between 2008 and 2015, Sechler has completed over 11 short films, including the celebrated Belle Nouveau (2010), Lovey (2011), and Wireboy (2013), which have been screened internationally and received high acclaim.

Sechler is currently working on a handful of feature films: Dolly Deadly (writer, 2014), Elliot (assistant director,/makeup artist/actor 2015), Tearful Surrender (writer, director, 2016), and Acrotalk (writer,director, 2017). She is also working on several upcoming web series and collaborative films: Proof That It Happened (director, ongoing series), and Windows (writer, director, ongoing series).

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