Waiting For Exit

Upon learning that his son wants to place him in a retirement home, Henry takes measures into his own hands. This includes hiring a priest and two men with a cannon. Soon the grim reaper comes for a visit and is treated to cookies and an epic argument between father and son.

  • Joseph Kephart
    Rock a Bye Dead Man the rock opera, Dandy the Clown
  • Joseph Kephart
    Rock a Bye Dead Man the rock opera, Dandy the Clown
  • Doug Johnston
    Key Cast
  • Bill Read Jr
    Key Cast
  • Holly Rose
    Key Cast
  • John Chapman
    Key Cast
  • Rich Bundy
    Key Cast
  • John Kephart
    Key Cast
  • Paris Dolph
    Key Cast
  • Nevaeh Callies
    Key Cast
  • Joseph Kephart
  • Chris Burrows
    Director of Photography
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    Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Retro
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 4, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Joseph Kephart

Growing up, my brother and I spent a lot of time in the back of local theaters and play houses, as our father was an actor and later ran a successful dinner theater in Tacoma, WA. I saw many many plays and musicals and at a young age discovered I liked to write stories. Later I got into music and joined a band where the song writing was divided mostly by myself and the lead guitarist. After the band broke up I took my music and rekindled my love for writing and turned it into a vampire musical that played a few local venues.

Years later, I found myself wanting to rejoin the creative spirit and fueled my talents and love for cinema into a rock opera called Rock A Bye Dead Man, a 1940s themed "Who-dunnit" set to original rock music. I met many wonderful people and together we created a short film that premiered at the Washington State History museum in Tacoma WA 2012.

After joining the Tacoma Filmmakers group, and popping out 2 short films, Everything is Dandy and Paparazzi Love, I moved onto a stronger vision. The story came innocently enough after brainstorming with a friend. Thus "Waiting For Exit" was created. In retrospect I can't help but think that the film was inspired by the influences of my youth; all the Neil Simon plays thanks to my father, the Monty Python TV shows and many many others.

Whats next? I'd like to work with some of the great people I've met along the way and make a feature film. Stay tuned.


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Director Statement

You want to tell stories, you want to play god, I do. Unless there's breakfast.