Almost Living

In the neighborhood park, Dave tries to help others, make friends, and play with a dog. Only one problem-
Dave is dead...

  • Ben Bishop
    Kin-Dread; A Little Friendly Murder; Broken; Fat Friend, Magic Sword
  • Ben Bishop
    Kin-Dread; A Little Friendly Murder; Broken; Fat Friend, Magic Sword
  • Rachel Van
    Kin-Dread; A Little Friendly Murder; Broken; Fat Friend, Magic Sword
  • Ben Bishop
    Key Cast
    Greg Loves A Human; A Little Friendly Murder; Fat Friend, Magic Sword
  • Rachel Van
    Key Cast
    Collection Day; 72 Seconds; Fat Friend, Magic Sword
  • William Rowland
    Key Cast
  • Josh Cantrell
  • Jose Rousseau
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Honor Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    September 15, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Genre Celebration Festival
    December 15, 2018
    Best Director Nominee
  • Chicago International Genre Film Festival
    Chicago, Il
    United States
    November 16, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Independent Talents International Film Festival
    Bloomington, IN
    United States
    October 30, 2018
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    Dumbo Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    March 7, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop is a Chicago filmmaker that acts, writes, directs, and edits most of his films. During his training to be an actor, Ben learned the value and joy of telling stories. He found directing actors to not be natural, after all the times he had been directed. Ben learned how to edit along the way, and learns new things with each project.

Ben finds a different type of artistic fulfillment with each of the four jobs. Each is a different interpretation and each has to be performed from a different standpoint in order to create the best possible story.

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Director Statement

This film came from a late night conversation with my wife (who is in the film, as well). We heard a noise and made jokes about how we had a ghost in our apartment who is trying to make friends with us.
This film is about loneliness. I wanted it in the park because the park has so many fun things happening all around you. But you can always find people who are completely alone at the park. That's Dave. A ghost with no ghost friends, who just wants companionship.
We've all been to a party where we are surrounded by dozens of people, but no one is talking to us. So Dave does what we do in that situation, he plays with the dog.