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The Little Chapel

A young girl attempts to bring back the dead in a little chapel.

  • Richard Schertzer
  • Richard Schertzer
  • Richard Schertzer
  • Jessica Cinquemani
    Key Cast
  • Richard Schertzer
    Director of Photography
  • Richard Schertzer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Manhattanville International Film Festival
    United States
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Grand IndieWise Convention

    United States
    August 26, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival (WSFF)
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Wildcat Spirit Film Festival
    Wayne, Nebraska
    United States
    Best Horror at a National College
  • YoungFilmmakers
    NYC, New York
    Offcial Selection
Distribution Information
  • Wyvern Studios
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Richard Schertzer

Born in Washington D.C. in 1997, Richard has had a passion for film-making ever since he was young. He would make short choppy films when he was a child to challenge his film-making, which would eventually branch out into something bigger. Richard currently goes to school at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York working on projects in the film club.

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Director Statement

The Little Chapel Director’s Note

Dear Manhattanville Community and Friends,

When I first started Intro to Digital Media Production class with Professor Dehne, I had no idea what to expect or what kinds of projects I would work on. In the class, I met some familiar faces and some new ones, as well and we were able to work on my next project, “The Little Chapel”.

When I first conceived the idea for the film, much of the inspiration was drawn from other eerie horror flicks that I had watched. When I first pitched it to my group, I wasn’t sure whether everybody would be on board, but everyone liked the pitch and we made it official.

After I completed my music video “A Certain Smile”, which was light-hearted and more jovial, I wanted to descend into a darker project to showcase my abilities as a director. I found that, as a director, you should never pigeon-hole yourself. I wanted to also create a macabre mood in my story to keep the audience on edge.

The film takes place in a little chapel where a young woman, played by Jessica Cinquemani, attempts to bring “someone” back from the dead.

Principal Photography was from September through October. We shot primarily in and outside of the chapel.

I am very grateful to have such a talented cast and crew on my set. I must thank Janae Fells, Bruno Bucsan, Jessica Cinquemani, Jenna Nance, Declan Jones, and Erika Rosell for putting up with my shenanigans and taking the time out of their already-busy schedules to help create my vision.

Thank you all for the care and support.


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