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The Art of Human Salvage

A young boy must by saved from execution by his last hope.

  • Dempsey Tillman
  • Ted Dewberry
  • Lance Hyden
  • Edward James Olmos
    Key Cast
  • James Walters
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Red - Epic
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Director Biography - Dempsey Tillman

WRITER / DIRECTOR - Dempsey Tillman's passion for story telling is genuine. He loves to tell stories of drama, science fiction and the supernatural. He’s one of many growing directors contributing to diversity within Hollywood’s indepenendent film community.
Fine-tuning his craft while working alongside Hollywood’s most successful directors, Tillman has written and directed two award winning short films. “Collector” starring the late Brad Renfro, has won 27 film festival awards including the NBC / Universal Shortcut film festival “Best Director” award and the Syfy Channel “Best Short” award. “Collector”, a proof of concept, is based on Dempsey’s feature screenplay “The Blade”; winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Black Film Festival “Best Feature Screenplay” award.

Tillman’s follow-up short film “The Art of Human Salvage” starring Edward James Olmos has won 5 film festival awards which include the “Best Short Film” award from the 2016 Philip K. Dick Film Festival held in New York. “The Art of Human Salvage” is a proof of concept based on the feature screenplay “The Art of Human Salvage written by Ted Dewberry.

“The Art of Human Salvage” currently has 1.4 million views on YouTube. You can also catch it on the big screen at the 2016 Long Beach Comic Expo – Geekfest Film Festival, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and the 49th Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival where it will receive the coveted “REMI” award.
Dempsey Tillman and his writing partner Ted Dewberry recently were awarded “Best Sci-Fi Screenplay” at the 2016 Oaxaca film festival for their script “RED LIGHT”.

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Director Statement

"Making movies should be fun. very much like the things we used to do as kids... finding the magic and playing in it until Mom yelled for us to come inside".