"The Stairs"

A ten-year-old boy hides at the top of the stairs and listens to his father tell the story about almost being gassed to death during the Holocaust. Thirty years later, after his father's death, he listens to his dad tell the story on a cassette recorder and wishes they had discussed it face-to face.

  • Haykim Reagan
    The American Dream
  • Mort Laitner
    A Hebraic Obsession
  • Blake Laitner
    The American Dream
  • Mort Laitner
  • Dennis Fitzpatrick
    Key Cast
    Arcana, Intertwine, Legit, Crimson and Clover
  • David Poland
    Key Cast
    So You Want to be A Politician, Consumable Resourses, Culteral Differences
  • Anne Voxx
    Key Cast
    Something Like Summer
  • Daniel Timothy Treacy
    Key Cast
    Here Comes The Ride, A Letter to Bob
  • Peter Glazer
    Key Cast
    Get The Girl, Happily Ever After?
  • Drew Thacher
    Key Cast
  • Elizibeth A. Zimmerman
    Key Cast
    Grimm, Librarians, Lucas
  • Max Albright
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    7,075 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Top Indie Film Awards
    United States
    Best Documentary Short
  • Near Nazareth Film Festival
    May 16, 2016
    Israeli Premiere
    Winner Short Film
  • Silver Screen For Short Film
    St. Petersburg
    United States
    June 8, 2016
    Florida Premiere
    Best Film Screening
  • Ekurhuleni International Film Festival
    South Africa
    June 1, 2016
    South African Premiere
    Screening and official selection
  • Flagler Film Festival
    United States
    February 14, 2017
    Best Director Drama: Hakym Reagan (The Stairs)
Director Biography - Haykim Reagan

" I am an African filmmaker from Rwanda. I was born in Burundi and I lived there most of my childhood. For most Africans making films is nothing but a hobby. Few are able to immerse themselves in the industry and make it a career. In my case, it was during my journey that I realized what I was made for.

In high school, my passion and obsession was studying cameras and their features. I spent nights and days trying to figure out the best way to take a photograph. I was amazed by how pictures capture people emotions. So whenever there would be a family reunion or a birthday, I got excited because it was an opportunity to capture emotions and preserve them.

During my childhood, I also started developing another passion connected to photography which was the art of moving images. That is when I started focusing more and more of my time on films. I made my first short film in March of 2008.

I began College at Wheeling Jesuit University, which is located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was a wonderful experience because I learned that the soul of a movie resides in its story. At WJU, I majored in communications. My goal was to gain enough knowledge to learn the best ways to communicate stories about peace and love. My personal belief is that films should promote positivity.

After my sophomore year, I made the hard decision to drop out of college. The main reason I did it was that I wanted to pursue my dream and I didn't see how a college degree was going to help me get my films made. I had to do it myself and physically reach out to people so I said, "Why wait?" and left.

So far, I am proud to say that I have directed two short independent films, "The American Dream" (2015) and "The Stairs" (2016). In addition, I am working on my first feature film "Apathy", inspired by true events."

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Director Statement

"The Stairs" tells a personal, as well as universal story, with deep emotion details.