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The Dead Planet

When a scientist and a monk both find themselves on a lifeless planet, they must survive long enough to find out how they got there.

  • Michael R. Morris
    Fear House, Dead Soon
  • Michael R. Morris
    The Dark Forest, The Boy Who Wouldn't Turn Right
  • Thomas Lim
    Key Cast
    Roulette City
  • Terence Tierney
    Key Cast
  • Robert Hector
    Key Cast
    Dead Soon
  • Sam Voutas
    Key Cast
    Red Light Revolution
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Asians on Film Festival of Shorts
    Los Angeles
    March 11, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Zone Sci-fi Film Festival
Director Biography - Michael R. Morris

Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey) handed Michael his first film award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a film he made in the 10th grade. His following Super 8 film stars a young Jack Black (renamed "Jack Black vs. The Ninja" for YouTube). Since his return from directing features in Southeast Asia, China and Africa, Michael has had the privilege of working with film legends Danny Trejo, Michael Biehn, Steve Railsback and Jim Carrey.

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Director Statement

My filmmaking partner Thomas Lim and I shot this film in the same style we shot a previous film together in Southeast Asia: no crew and completely guerrilla. The themes of Dead Planet may seem slightly surreal, but I will say this: it is an exploration of how peeking through a "portal" of astral travel may inform us about the transient and seemingly tenuous nature of life on earth and how sweeping measures to save mankind could turn a bad situation even worse.