ACID TEST

Jenny (16) drops acid and comes home to her parents, sparking a hallucinogenic parental meltdown that unravels the family dynamic.

  • Jennifer Waldo
    Director
    SISTERS, SEARCHING FOR ANGELS, THIS STUPID STUFF
  • Jennifer Waldo
    Writer
    SISTERS, SEARCHING FOR ANGELS
  • Jennifer Waldo
    Producer
    MEGGAN'S JOURNEY, NEXT EXIT, SISTERS, SEARCHING FOR ANGELS
  • Jason A. Raschen
    Producer
    THE NINTH LEVEL, TO BEARD OR NOT TO BEARD
  • Sharad Kant Patel
    Producer
    SOMEBODY'S DARLING
  • Patrick Sane
    Key Cast
    BREAKING BAD, SIN CITY 2
  • Juliana DeStefano
    Key Cast
    HELEN ALONE, SECRET DIARY OF AN AMERICAN CHEERLEADER
  • Mia Ruiz
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 27, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Stock Island Film Festival
    Key West, FL
    United States
    June 9, 2018
    Florida
    Special Jury Prize
  • Austin Film Festival
    Austin, TX
    United States
    October 27, 2017
  • BendFilm Festival
    Bend, OR
    United States
    October 13, 2017
    Oregon
  • Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival
    Jim Thorpe, PA
    United States
    April 15, 2018
    Pennsylvania
    Best Actress in a Short Film nomination
  • Literally Short Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    June 18, 2017
    World
  • Snowdance Film Festival
    Landsberg am Lech
    Germany
    January 23, 2018
    European
  • Bechdel Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    February 17, 2018
  • WIFTI Short Film Showcase, WIF Dallas
    Dallas, TX
    United States
    March 8, 2018
  • WIFTI Short Film Showcase, WIFT Houston
    Houston, TX
    United States
    March 27, 2018
  • Victoria TX Indie Film Festival
    Victoria, Texas
    United States
    April 6, 2018
Director Biography - Jennifer Waldo

A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where she earned her MFA in Film Production and won a coveted directing scholarship, Jennifer is a writer, director, and producer of documentary and scripted films and teaches both documentary and scripted filmmaking at Houston Community College. Originally from the Washington, DC area, where she graduated from Sidwell Friends, Jennifer earned her BA with honors in English from Oberlin College. While at USC, she produced the documentary thesis film UNSYNCABLES AT ANY AGE, the scripted martial arts thesis FIST OF IRON CHEF, and wrote and directed her own scripted thesis film SEARCHING FOR ANGELS, which screened at the DGA’s First Look Festival.

Recent credits include directing the short film SISTERS which was selected for WIFTI’s Short-Case 2016, producing the short film NEXT EXIT, selected for the 2017 Maryland and Literally Short Film Festivals, as well as MEGGAN’S JOURNEY, selected for the 2016 Houston Latino and 2017 Boomtown Festivals. Previous credits include producing on THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER, an independent feature which sold to Lifetime, and THE CUTTING EDGE: THE MAGIC OF MOVIE EDITING, a documentary on the art of editing.

Dedicated to developing the Houston filmmaking community, Jennifer served as the Program Coordinator for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) organizing film workshops, screenings, and networking events.

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Director Statement

ACID TEST is a short film based on a moment in my life as a teenager where I come home and told my parents I was on acid and then spent the rest of the evening in a hallucinogenic family drama. A dark comedy at its core, the film explores the pain, the beauty, the laughter, and the fear of growing up.