The Caterpillar Trail

After accepting a new job, Kurt attempts to propose to his girlfriend, Dani, and move away. However the proposal does not go as planned and Dani vanishes. Two years later, Kurt is contacted by someone claiming to be 'Dani', prompting Kurt to search for the truth of her disappearance.

  • Matthew Oquendo
  • Matthew Oquendo
  • Tiajha Nakahara
  • Stephen Dam
  • Danny Akhunov
  • Cary Chan
  • Ross van Dongen
    Key Cast
  • Carolina Monte Rosa
    Key Cast
  • Jacob Buettner
    Key Cast
  • Myles Cranford
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Television
  • Genres:
    Psychological Thriller, Horror, Surrealism, Mystery
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    BlackMagic Cinema 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Matthew Oquendo

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Director Statement

THE CATERPILLAR TRAIL is a deliciously fun psychological thriller short reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode. Remember those?

We never know what is around the next corner -- fear, horror, suspense? But we are so engaged with the material and intrigued with the moody atmosphere that we follow along.

Our main character, Kurt, has got a dream job in a new city, a beautiful girlfriend, and it's all hanging on a 'yes' or 'no' from her.

However, all of that is taken away from him and he is left with nothing.

We're only scratching the surface of the mystery.


It's a puzzle film. Like our main character, the audience immerses themselves as the players. Their expectations are constantly being challenged and they are swept in a game of mystery that they can participate in. To paraphrase Hitchcock, a great thriller film should play its audience like a piano.

I wanted to a make film that did just that to the viewer so they could play along.