Experiencing Interruptions?


Stranded sisters seek refuge in a strange ghost town. It's unclear if the hillbilly occupants want to BBQ their flesh or if they're just in need of some social skills.

  • Kristen Anderson-Sauve
  • Kristen Anderson-Sauve
  • Kristen Anderson-Sauve
  • Kristen Anderson-Sauve
    Key Cast
  • Jami Haugen
    Key Cast
  • Jill Alanna Nixon
    Key Cast
  • Darryl Stogre
    Key Cast
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    Sci-Fi, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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    Digital, RED
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  • Calgary Underground Film Festival
    October 14, 2012
Director Biography - Kristen Anderson-Sauve

Kristen is an award winning filmmaker and has been making films since 2008. She is an actor-director-writer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She co-founded i4Life Studios with her husband Ryan Sauvé. Kristen has acted in and produced several award winning films including "So Long Sam" (winner of the CUFF Film Race) and "Unbroken" (Top Twenty in the 100 Hour Film Race). Kristen wrote, produced and directed Undetected. She also starred as the back-woods alien named Betty.

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Director Statement

My fiancé, Ryan Sauvé, and I had just come off a challenging summer of film shoots in which we had worked on (and I acted in) films from other writers/directors. We decided to film something of our own before the Canadian Fall set in. We had the September long weekend remaining, and Ryan suggested we find a ghost town because it would be an interesting, quiet and simple set. We found a ghost town which was three hours away, so we knew there would be hotel and food costs for all of our cast and crew, but we couldn't resist. We decided to keep the team lean and mean with just four actors (including me) and two crew (including Ryan). We also had the added challenge of not even seeing the location until the night before. Luckily, the ghost town was absolutely perfect and fit the spooky feel that we were wanting.

The location lent itself to horror, but we decided to produce a horror-comedy, because a true horror might require special effects and a certain grittiness we weren't sure we were well suited for. I conceived of the idea about a couple of aliens who inhabit corpses and use a remote ghost town to learn to act human. I thought the aliens could be completely benign and in need of a new home on earth. The aliens would be sweet and foolish, yet due to their partially decayed bodies, would be terrifying to any real humans. In order to add tension and conflict, I decided that the aliens should encounter a couple of innocent sisters who were lost and desperate for help.

The filming was very rushed and it took two full days to complete filming. Ryan saw the location for the first time the evening before the shoot, so he had to storyboard in one night. I had the challenge of remembering all the food, props, make-up, and figuring out all the logistics. Once we were on set I had to act in and direct the film, which is always a challenge.

The cast and crew bonded by shooing flies off of each other and through laughs over the unique spookiness of the location. It was an experience I will never forget.