Embers & Dust

As the radio broadcast of War of The worlds travels across the airwaves, a young boy's imagination is sparked, sending him on his own kind of vision quest, deep into the neighboring forest.

  • Patrick Biesemans
    Director
    The Last Treasure Hunt, Charles Bukowski's Nirvana, The Southern Belle
  • Patrick Biesemans
    Writer
    Charles Bukowski's Nirvana
  • Stephanie Cohen
    Producer
  • Joel Nagle
    Key Cast
    Do The Right Thing, We Are What We Are
  • Henry Gagliardi
    Key Cast
    The Knick, Limitless, Trainwreck
  • Virginia Logan
    Key Cast
    Robot Revolution, Android Insurrection
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 14, 2016
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Borrego Springs Film Festival
    Borrego Springs
    United States
    January 14, 2017
    Best Short Film
  • Sonoma Internation Film Festival
    Sonoma
    United States
    March 29, 2017
  • Boston International Sci-Fi Film Festival
    Cambridge
    United States
    February 12, 2017
    Best Production Design
  • Philip K. Dick US Sci-fi Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    May 26, 2017
  • Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
    May 5, 2017
  • Phoenix Comicon
    Phoenix
    United States
    May 25, 2017
  • St. Lawerence International Film Festival
    St. Lawrence
    United States
    April 14, 2017
    Winner of April 2017
  • Comicpalooza
    Houston
    United States
    May 12, 2017
    Finalist
  • Big Sur International Film Festival
    Big Sur
    United States
    June 7, 2017
  • Escape Velocity Film Festival
    Washington
    United States
    September 1, 2017
  • Crested Butte Film Festival
    Crested Butte
    United States
    September 28, 2017
  • Nevada City Film Festival
    Nevada City
    United States
    September 8, 2017
  • The Short Cinema
    Leicester
    United Kingdom
    August 23, 2017
  • Hong Kong Art House Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    September 22, 2017
    Hong Kong Premiere
  • El Dorado Film Festival
    El Dorado
    United States
    November 9, 2017
Director Biography - Patrick Biesemans

As a filmmaker, Patrick gravitates towards small melancholic moments and finds the fantastical within them. Creating an emotional hook with visually arresting imagery. For Patrick, short films serve as postcards from another time and place; a beautiful story told in a constricted space and told briefly.

Patrick Biesemans has directed two previous short films and an independent feature film, that was released through Sony & The Orchard in 2016. This will be Patrick’s first short film written, produced, and directed by him.

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Director Statement

Creating Embers & Dust was worth the wait. The moment we stepped on set, on the first day, everything felt right - everything from the impossibly perfect casting (shepherded by an outstanding up-and-coming casting director, Susanne Scheel) to the impeccable art department (ran by my wife, Charmaine Choi).

Despite our encounters with black bears, the torrential summer downpours, and late night schedules, we all walked out with an incredible experience and a film that each of us is extremely proud of.

Embers & Dust serves as a "thank you card" to Orson Welles, imagination, and the importance of mass media communications. Pushing the limits of our imaginations with clever storytelling, important themes, and deep messages. I believe we captured those elements here within our film.