Private Project


A determined woman attempts to hike a mountain, but an incident leads to the emergence of a threatening entity.

  • Andrew Nolan
  • Andrew Nolan
  • Lanea Ritrovato
  • Andrew Nolan
  • Molly Kaplan
  • Mackenzie Woodcock
  • Jennifer Jones Rodriguez
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Mystery
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Andrew Nolan

Andrew Nolan currently works as a writer/producer/editor at The CW, creating trailers and promos for various shows such as Batwoman and iZombie. But his true passion has always been filmmaking.

Ever since directing short films while attending Emerson College, he has always had the drive to continue to hone his craft. But upon graduating, he believed that instead of directing as many films as possible, he wanted to take the time to develop a voice true to himself while telling original stories that were worth exploring.

These ideals led to a heightened appreciation for the genres of sci-fi and horror, mediums that allow for endless creative and fantastical possibilities while simultaneously exploring the emotions and fears we face in every day life.

After several years of attempting to balance this exploration with the demands of his day job, the fusion of these inspirations eventually led to the creation of his most recent short film, "Acclivity".

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Director Statement

The idea for "Acclivity" originated from my fiancé and I wanting to create a film that utilized the visionary aspects of the sci-fi genre to give voice to a very real personal struggle. Hoping to achieve a result that could be experienced on multiple levels, I found the balance between these aspects shifting over the course of various drafts of the script, and then again through various cuts when editing.

In order to keep the sci-fi components grounded we drew on specific realities of our own, whether it’s how the physical incident that occurs to the main character is something that happened to myself, or how certain thoughts vocalized by the main character came directly from thoughts my fiancé has experienced.

Even if a viewer has never encountered the experiences we depict themselves, or if they have but they don’t make a direct connection, the goal was to have a story that stands on its own - a journey for the character on screen that the audience can become a part of during their own personal viewing experience.