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A Strange Calm

When 12-year-old Rosie and Miles encounter a strange man on the 4th of July, their journey to watch the fireworks on the outskirts of town becomes an unexpected fight for survival.

  • Austin Rourke
    Soon Comes Night, The Call of the Void
  • Austin Rourke
    Soon Comes Night, The Call of the Void
  • Jai Marquel Pellerin
    Soon Comes Night
  • Giovanna Bush
    Key Cast
    Jimmy the Hall Monitor, The Lottery Game
  • Jacob Sandler
    Key Cast
    Ad Astra, Skyman
  • Price Carson
    Key Cast
    Nightcrawler, Mad Men, JFK
  • Joel E. Schaeffer
    Feeder, Feral State
  • Vanessa Plaza Lazo
    Production Designer
    Dirty Diamond, The Skimmer
  • Maria Freire
    Louise, Vibrations
  • Makeup & Vanity Set
    Up & Vanished, Atlanta Monster, To Live and Die in LA
  • Alejandra Madrigal–Aviña
    Costume Designer
    La Leyenda Negra, Louise
  • Gianna Butler
    Casting Director
    Grown-ish, Black-ish, Real Bros of Simi Valley
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thiller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 25, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    48,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4.5k Anamorphic RED Raw
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Austin Rourke

Austin Rourke is a Los Angeles-based writer/director currently in pre-production on his sixth short film, WITHOUT ADDRESS. His AFI thesis film, A STRANGE CALM, is an official selection at a number of festivals around the world, including Fantasia International, Sitges International and Dances with Films. Most recently, Austin was hired as 2nd Unit Director for Palme d’Or-nominated director, Michael Spiccia, based on the strength of his work. A Boston-area native, Austin holds a BA in Journalism & Cinema Studies from Rutgers University and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute.

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