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8 Marks the Spot

When Cora stumbles upon a device that can presumably change her history, she is dead set on using it to save her mother, despite warnings and efforts from a familiar face telling her to stop.

  • Trisha Nguyen
    Meet Me at the Corner, The Normal, Deja Vu
  • Brendan Donahue
  • Trisha Nguyen
    The Normal, Deja Bu, Cypher
  • Alyna Draper
  • Sunmeet Gill
    Key Cast
    "Younger Cora"
  • Shubhangi Kuchibhotla
    Key Cast
    "Older Cora"
  • Allie Ochsner
  • Forest Veerhoff
  • Allie Ochsner
    Assistant Camera
  • Vanesa Moreno
    Art Director
  • Jacqui Ris
    Gaffer/Key Grip
  • Brendan Donahue
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    Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 10 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Virginia Commonwealth University

  • United States
Director Biography - Trisha Nguyen

Trisha Nguyen is a filmmaker currently studying at VCUarts Cinema. Her filmmaking career started in high school by accident and has since become a prominent part of her life. Her first short film was a thriller titled "Clandestine." Much of her work since then comes from a place of personal relation, and of fascination in the science of the world. In 2019, she directed her first "big"-budget short film at VCUarts Cinema titled "Meet Me at the Corner" about a young boy and his mysterious friend. That same year, she wrote, produced, directed, and edited a close-to-no-budget short film titled "The Normal." Much of the happenings in the film were inspired by true events. Her latest work is another VCUarts Cinema production titled "8 Marks the Spot," and is currently in post-production.

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Director Statement

Although I knew that the entertainment industry is where I wanted to end up in growing up, deep down I always thought about how rare it would be to actually make a name for myself in a business that favors a certain type of look and background that I simply just did not have. What motivates me to continue creating content is the hope that one day I can be a part of the new age of cinema that truly reflects the diverse nature of the real world outside of Hollywood. I’ve always been intrigued by movies and television (especially sci-fis, mysteries, and fantasies) but it was almost never in my cards to relate to a protagonist, or a heroine, or a character whose arc didn’t have to do with their marginalization and oppression. I want to create stories and be a part of an industry that writes and incorporates diverse peoples into their movies as real people doing real people things; not just as washed-down, romanticised versions of themselves that are more digestible for mainstream audiences.