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Along Came Ruby

In a post-apocalyptic world, Ruby, a determined young woman, embarks on a treacherous journey west in search of her older brother Henry. Along the way, she encounters an enigmatic old woman who holds secrets of the past. As they both struggle with their own grief and memories, their paths converge, revealing a connection that transcends time and space. Together, they confront the harsh realities of their shattered world.

  • Riccardo Suriano
    Long Pig
  • Joe Katches
  • Walter Volpatto
    Dunkirk, Interstellar, The Hateful Eight, Star Wars Episode VIII,
  • Alexandra Boulas
    Key Cast
  • Liz Kastner
    Key Cast
    "Mystery Old Woman"
  • Nicole Renee Richter
    Key Cast
    "Ruby's Mom"
  • Tyler Zepp
    Key Cast
    "Ruby's Dad"
  • Maya Bello
    Key Cast
  • Riccardo Suriano
    Long Pig
  • Antonio Salerno
  • Kelton Arcado
  • Miranda Angeli
    Long Pig
  • Riccardo Suriano
    Long Pig
  • Joe Katches
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ArriRaw
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • FilmShortage

    Daily Pick
  • Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival
    United States
    October 7, 2023
    North America
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Riccardo Suriano

Allow me to introduce myself as Riccardo, an accomplished Italian filmmaker driven by a profound passion for storytelling that illuminates the human experience. With a rich cultural upbringing in the captivating city of Rome, I have cultivated a deep love for the art of cinema and a burning desire to share my unique perspective with the world.

Upon completing my studies in the heart of Rome, I embarked on a transformative journey sixteen years ago, crossing the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean to the United States, where endless opportunities awaited me. This bold leap was fueled by my unwavering aspiration to establish myself as a distinguished film director.

Since my arrival in the United States, I have diligently honed my craft, pouring my heart and soul into the creation of captivating short films that have resonated with audiences far and wide. These projects have served as stepping stones on my creative path, leading me towards the realization of my ultimate goal—a compelling feature film that explores themes of hope, resilience, and the human capacity for transformation.

Through my works, I have had the privilege of receiving recognition from esteemed film festivals around the world, earning a multitude of awards that validate the impact of my thought-provoking storytelling. As an artist, I am committed to utilizing my talents to shed light on the intricate tapestry of our world, inspiring conversations that foster understanding, empathy, and positive change.

Within the film industry and among discerning audiences, my work is celebrated for its depth, artistry, and ability to captivate hearts and minds. I am truly humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of cinema, utilizing the medium as a powerful tool to showcase the beauty of the human spirit and unveil the shared threads of our collective humanity.

Together, let us embark on this remarkable journey as we explore the rich tapestry of emotions, celebrate the triumphs of the human spirit, and embrace the power of storytelling to inspire, uplift, and ignite a spark of imagination within each viewer.

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Director Statement

Allow me to share my heartfelt director's statement for my short film, "Along Came Ruby." This film holds a special place in my creative journey as it explores the depths of human resilience, the power of hope, and the enduring bonds that connect us across time and space.

From the outset, I have been determined to challenge the usual short film rules and break new ground in storytelling. Instead of adhering to the conventional approach of diving right into the center of the action, I set out to experiment and push the boundaries of the medium. Embracing the audacious vision of creating a feature film's three-act structure within the confines of a 20-minute film, I embarked on a creative journey filled with great difficulties and uncertainties. Yet, it is with immense pride that I can confidently say I have accomplished what I have been tirelessly striving for.

With "Along Came Ruby," I aimed to craft a narrative that not only entertains but also invites reflection on the human experience in the face of adversity. I sought to play with space and time, weaving together different timelines and working around time paradoxes to create a rich and thought-provoking narrative that challenges the preconceived notions of short films.

Set in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world, where survival is a constant struggle, Ruby emerges as a beacon of determination, embodying the indomitable spirit that resides within each of us. Her unwavering quest to find her brother Henry represents the resilience and love that drives us to overcome the most daunting challenges. In this world ravaged by time and chaos, the exploration of different timelines and the manipulation of time paradoxes allow us to delve into the complexities of Ruby's journey, adding layers of intrigue and existential contemplation.

In the midst of Ruby's journey, she encounters an enigmatic old woman who holds the key to understanding the past. Through their shared experiences and the convergence of their paths, we witness a powerful connection that defies conventional notions of time and space. The interplay between different timelines serves as a metaphor for the fluidity and interconnectedness of human existence. It is through this exploration of time and its paradoxes that we are able to unveil the deeper layers of the characters' struggles, memories, and hopes.

Thematically, "Along Came Ruby" explores the weight of grief and memory, the significance of human connection, and the profound impact of hope. By delving into these universal themes and using the manipulation of time as a narrative tool, I aimed to create a film that challenges our perceptions of reality, sparks contemplation about the nature of existence, and invites audiences to question the boundaries of time and space in their own lives.

Drawing inspiration from my cultural upbringing in Rome, a city steeped in history and artistic expression, I sought to infuse "Along Came Ruby" with a visual and emotional depth that transports viewers into a world both hauntingly familiar and strikingly unfamiliar. The juxtaposition of the desolate post-apocalyptic landscape and the flickering glimmers of humanity serve as a visual representation of the fluidity of time and the echoes of the past that reverberate in the present.

Throughout my creative journey, I have strived to leverage the power of cinema to shed light on the intricate tapestry of our world. With "Along Came Ruby," I continue to pursue this goal, delving into the human condition, capturing moments of raw emotion, and encouraging dialogue that fosters understanding, empathy, and positive change.

I am humbled by the recognition my work has received at esteemed film festivals, which has further affirmed my dedication to storytelling and the pursuit of excellence in the art of filmmaking. As a filmmaker, I believe in the transformative power of cinema, its ability to touch hearts, provoke thoughts, and inspire collective action.

With "Along Came Ruby," I invite viewers to join me on a remarkable journey—a journey that transcends the confines of time and space, challenges our perceptions, and celebrates the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. Together, let us explore the depths of our emotions, find solace in shared connections, and embrace the transformative power of storytelling.

Thank you for embarking on this cinematic adventure with me.


Riccardo Suriano
Director of "Along Came Ruby"