Private Project


An investigative podcast journalist on a missing person cold case assignment in the rural foothills of West Virginia. He's out of his element, in over his head, and deep in the muck.


Also, check out the accompanying podcast mini-series, upon which the short film is ostensibly based:

  • Rob Raffety
  • Rob Raffety
  • Danny Gavigan
    Key Cast
  • Jeff Allin
    Key Cast
  • Cindy Jackson
    Key Cast
  • Juliana Schoettler
    Key Cast
  • Bradley Foster Smith
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    36 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Rob Raffety

Rob Raffety is the founder of Tragedy Plus Time, LLC, an award winning creative production company based in Arlington, Virginia. He’s been writing and producing independent film and new media content for over a decade, and is currently a part-time graduate film student at George Mason University, where he also works as an economic research manager and adjunct professor of law and public policy. Rob’s short film adaptations, Retirement (2013) and Game Night (2014), earned critical praise and were selected as back-to-back Grand Prize Winners of the annual Speakeasy DC Film Challenge. Rob’s comedy web series Cap South was heralded by critics and fans alike, winning Best Web Series in the Irvine International Film Festival and Best Comedy Writing in the Indies Series Awards. Most recently, recognized Cap South as one of its Five Favorite Indie Series of 2014. One of Rob’s earliest productions, a short documentary about a stand-up comedy contest for federal employees, Funniest Fed (2007), won Best Local Film in DC Shorts.

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Director Statement

I'm delighted to share with you my short film, Muck. For your added enjoyment, be sure to check out the complete Muck podcast mini-series. See:


-Rob Raffety