Experiencing Interruptions?


Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being. She courts this ghost, using intellect and desire to forge a union between them. Quiver melds horror and passion with Virginia Woolf’s idea of a woman requiring a ‘room of her own’ in which to uncover her true identity. Can Suzanne force a rift into the supernatural realm to build a space where she can coexist with what haunts her?

  • Shayna Connelly
    Gardening At Night, signals: where do we go from here?, Blunt Force Trauma, Mistreated and Wild
  • Shayna Connelly
    Gardening At Night, signals: where do we go from here?, Blunt Force Trauma, Mistreated and Wild
  • Anna Powers
  • Claire Wiles
  • Meg Elliott
    Key Cast
  • Jonah Rubash
    Gardening at Night, Ten More
  • Sharon Mooney
  • Brian Andrews
  • Kahra Scott-James
    Sound design and mix
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    women, horror
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9 Full HD
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Idyllwild Film Festival
    Idyllwild, CA
    March 7, 2018
    World Premiere
  • Chicago Feminist Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    March 9, 2018
    Chicago Premiere
  • Toronto Short Film Festival
    Toronto, ON
    March 12, 2018
    Canadian Premiere
  • Columbus International Film and Animation Festival
    Columbus, OH
    March 23, 2018
    Ohio Premiere
  • HorrorHound Film Festival
    March 24, 2018
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival
    Athens, OH
    April 10, 2018
  • Azalea Film Festival
    Mobile, AL
    April 7, 2018
  • Sunderland Shorts
    United Kingdom
    May 4, 2018
    UK Premiere
  • Weird Wednesdays
    May 16, 2018
  • Madeira Film Festival
    May 17, 2018
    European Premiere
  • Port Orchard Film Festival
    Port Orchard, WA
  • The International Horror Hotel Film Festival
    Cleveland, OH
    May 31, 2018
    Honorable Mention
  • Eve Film Festival
    Ottowa, ONT, Canada
    June 2, 2018
  • Snake Alley Festival of Film
    Burlington, IA
    June 14, 2018
  • Cosmic Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    June 15, 2018
  • Cinepocalypse
    Chicago, IL
    June 23, 2018
    Best Cinematography (Short Film)
  • Berlin Short Film Festival
    June 30, 2018
    Best Horror Film
  • Windy City International
    Chicago, IL
    July 12, 2018
  • San Francisco Frozen Festival
    San Francisco
    July 22, 2018
  • San Diego Underground Film Festival
    San Diego, CA
    August 25, 2018
  • Figueira FilmArt
    August 28, 2018
  • ProxyAct Film Festival
    November 30, 2018
  • Sick Chick Flicks
    Cary, NC
    September 29, 2018
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    September 12, 2018
  • Videoscream International Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    October 6, 2018
    Most Original Concept
  • Adirondack Film Festival
    Glens Falls, NY
    October 19, 2018
  • Kansas International film Fesitval
    Kansas City, KS
    October 16, 2018
  • Women in Horror Film Festival
    Peachtree City, GA
    October 5, 2018
    Georgia Premiere
    Best Experimental Horror
  • Planet 9 Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    October 21, 2018
  • The Artists Forum: Festival of the Moving IMage
    New York, NY
    October 12, 2018
    New York Premiere
    Jurors Award; Dark Themes Award; Best Sound Design; Best Cinematography; Best Editing
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    October 21, 2018
  • Reading Film Fest
    Reading, PA
    November 2, 2018
  • YoFi Film Festival
    Yonkers, NY
    November 4, 2018
  • Cinema at the Edge
    Santa Monica, CA
    November 3, 2018
  • Halloween Horror Picture Show
    Tampa, FL
    September 22, 2018
  • Indie Suspense Horror Film Festival
    Apopka, FL
    October 6, 2018
    3rd Place: Best Horror Short
  • Spooky Empire International Horror Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    October 26, 2018
  • Teros Gallery; Sponsored by San Diego Underground Film Festival
    San Diego, CA
    October 21, 2018
  • Morbido Film Festival
    Mexico City
    October 31, 2018
    Mexican Premiere
  • Waterford Film Festival
    November 2, 2018
  • Shiver International Film Festival
    Smiths Falls, Ontario
    October 13, 2018
  • Rising Above Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    November 10, 2018
    Best Director
  • Mondo Cult Film Variety Showcase
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival
    Tampa, FL
    December 7, 2018
    Best Short Film, Best Cinematography
  • Reels of the Dead Atlanta
    Atlanta, GA
    January 25, 2019
    Winner Best Short Film and 2019 Best Short Film Nominee
  • South Texas Underground Film Festival
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Texas Premiere
    Best Sisterhood Horror
  • Tally Shorts
    Tallahassee, FL
    January 5, 2019
  • Underground Film Festival
    La Spezia
    February 15, 2019
    Italian Premiere
  • New Renaissance Film Festival
    March 1, 2019
    Netherlands Premiere
    Nominated for Best Horror Short
  • Third Eye Film Festival
    New York, NY
    March 30, 2019
  • Deep in the Heart Film Festival
    Waco, TX
    March 30, 2019
    Nominated for Best Horror Short
  • Chattanooga Film Festival
    Chattanooga, TN
    April 13, 2019
  • Motor City Nightmares
    April 28, 2019
  • West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
    April 27, 2019
  • Paracinema Shorts
    United Kingdom
    May 3, 2019
  • Inca Imperial International Film Festival
    May 17, 2019
    Best Cinematography
  • Fixion Fest
    May 17, 2019
  • The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival
    New York City, NY
    May 25, 2019
  • ProFiFest
    June 7, 2019
  • Scumdance
    July 14, 2019
  • Ravenheart Film Festival
    August 30, 2019
    Norwegian Premiere
  • Chicago Southland International Film Festival
    September 6, 2019
    Nighttime Thrills
  • Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
    Fargo, ND
    September 26, 2019
  • Hell de Janiero
    Rio de Janiero
    September 22, 2019
    Brazilian Premiere
  • Southampton International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    Winner Best Director of a Short Film
  • Minikino Film Week 5
    October 5, 2019
    Indonesian Premiere
  • Philip K. Dick Film Festival
    October 26, 2019
    French Premiere
  • Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival
    Daveo del Sur
    October 25, 2019
    Philippines Premiere
  • Stuff MX
    Mexico City
  • AI Film Festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    October 25, 2019
    Iranian Premiere
  • Philip K. Dick Film Festival
    February 22, 2019
  • Peephole Film Festival
    November 2, 2019
  • Cinematic Panic
    Memphis, TN
    December 7, 2019
    Women's Cinema Disturbia
Director Biography - Shayna Connelly

Shayna Connelly is a filmmaker based in Chicago whose work explores hauntings, liminality and the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fiction filmmaking. Inspired by a book on haunted houses shelved in the non-fiction section of her childhood library, Connelly’s lifelong obsession with ghosts led her to explore trauma, place, identity and the link between fear and desire. Her hybrid approach to cinema questions the strict categorization of film modes and genres. She enjoys breaking cinematic rules regarding character, action and structure while exploring subjectivity, surrealism and abstraction.

Her films have won awards at Big Muddy Film Festival, Berlin Short Film Festival, Cinepocalypse, Milwaukee Women's Film Festival, Columbus International and IC Docs. QUIVER is the 6th film in an eight film series called A MEMORY PALACE FOR GHOSTS. Films in the series have screened over 100 festivals including Palm Springs International ShortsFest, Chicago Underground, Sydney Underground, San Diego Underground, Brooklyn Film Festival, Bushwick Film Festival, Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Athens International among others. Newcity Magazine named her one of Chicago's 50 Screen Gems of 2016.

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Director Statement

My films explore hauntings caused by mourning. QUIVER looks at the parallels between grief and desire, which are both predicated on a visceral reaction to absence. Grief renders us incapable of reassembling our fractured selves without the divine intervention of a ghostly visit or cupid’s arrow. The pain of absence overwhelms until it numbs us. Desire can transform the pain of absence into the pleasure of presence. Desire restores possibility and hope.

I am obsessed with the notion of transcendence. Exceeding the boundaries of the physical world is achievable in cinema. Sensory pleasure and supernatural intrusions are transcendent experiences allowing us to glimpse into the unknown. Through them we touch the sublime. What happens when these two are linked?