Private Project

A Little Dead

Hailey and her brother Kevin visit their grandpa’s farm for the weekend. They discover that the caretaker has vanished, and Grandpa has a new nightly ritual of sharing a drink with his deceased wife and another unseen entity.

  • Ben Richardson
    The Fisherman, Repercussion, Marshmallows
  • Ben Richardson
    The Fisherman, Repercussion, Marshmallows
  • Mike McDonald
    Remember Me, Garden Spells, I Wish Tonight
  • Jack C. Hays
    Key Cast
    Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer, Crazy Enough,
  • Eden McGuire
    Key Cast
    Neuroblast, Corona Corps: Generation Zebulon, FantasyLand
  • Ben Richardson
    Key Cast
    Lord Finn, The Fisherman, Iapetus
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  • Genres:
    Suspense, Horror, Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 3, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque, IA
    United States
    April 21, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Worldfest Houston - International Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    April 21, 2022
    Southern Premiere
    Remi Award Winner
  • deadCenter Film Festival
    Oklahoma City, OK
    United States
    June 10, 2022
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Audience Award - Best Short Film
  • Dances With Films: Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    June 16, 2022
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Fransisco Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
    San Fransisco, CA
    United States
    December 1, 2021
    Virtual Only
    Official Selection
  • Deep in the Heart Film Festival
    Waco, TX
    United States
    July 23, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Fly Film Festival
    Enid, OK
    United States
    August 6, 2022
    Winner: Best Oklahoma Film
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    United States
    August 11, 2022
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Norman Film Fest
    Norman, OK
    United States
    September 9, 2022
    Official Selection
  • AdaFest Film Festival
    Ada, OK
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Winner: Best Narrative Film
  • Great Plains Film Festival
    United States
    September 18, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Highland Park Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 7, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Red Brick Road Film Festival
    Pauls Valley
    United States
    October 15, 2022
    Best Oklahoma Short Film
  • Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival
    United States
    November 3, 2022
    Best of Fest (The Big Crinoline), Best Oklahoma Short Film
Director Biography - Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson – Is an award-winning actor, director, and writer-with over 10 years of experience in the film industry. His acting credits include the festival winning, 'All Roads to Pearla' (which premiered at the prestigious Austin Film Festival), 'Lord Finn', 'What People Are', 'Iapetus', as well as in projects he also wrote and directed including, 'Repercussion', 'The Fisherman', 'Preservation', and now 'A Little Dead'.

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Director Statement

The mind is the single most powerful attribute that any of us has, but occasionally when we advance in age it can begin to slip. Sometimes it can slip by what it interprets as reality, sometimes we lose our memory, and sometimes we see what we want (or don’t want) to see.

A Little Dead is a suspense wrapped drama that, at its core, is a metaphor for the monster that is dementia. Sometimes advancing more quickly because of life events, it usually starts with the memories on the edge of the mind and works its way inward until it’s gone altogether.

Birthed from the viewpoint of actual events that transpired, I set out to make a story that explored the uncertainty of what elderly people go through when they advance in age, but with a supernatural twist.

Is the monster real, or is it all in Grandpa’s mind? The answer is: it is exactly what you want it to be, and that’s the beauty of this film. You can leave telling your friends you just watched a horror film, or a drama; it’s all in the eye of the beholder.