Private Project

Antique Failure

Collin (Joel Sena) lives a simple, disillusioned life as a small-town’s only mechanic. However, his world completely shifts when Roman (Rickard Claeson), the lead singer of touring punk group ‘Antique Failure,’ comes to Collin for help on his broken-down van. The attraction is instant, but in fear of his small, conservative community, Collin must decide between keeping safe, or taking his only chance at love.

  • Carter Cavanaugh
  • Carter Cavanaugh
  • Joel Sena
    Key Cast
  • Rickard Claeson
    Key Cast
  • Addie Guidry
    Key Cast
  • Tim Regan
    Key Cast
  • Ethan Lynch
    Key Cast
    "Disc Jockey"
  • Jacob Wenger
    Key Cast
  • Jess Rickmers
    Key Cast
  • Jake Mangan
  • Megan Rickmers
  • Ryan Rizzuti
  • Kasia Sierant
  • Karrington Wheeler
  • Harrison Kraft
    Director of Photography
  • Megan Rickmers
    Art Director
  • Alex Centeno
  • Carter Cavanaugh
  • Allison Davidoff
    1st AD
  • Karrington Wheeler
    2nd AD
  • Yvonne Payne
    Script Supervisor
  • Devon Lorencovitz
  • Jacob Wenger
    Production Designer
  • Kasia Sierant
    Art Department PA
  • Jess Rickmers
    Makeup Artist
  • Charlee Rieff
  • Charles Storck
  • Evan Bradley
    Key Grip
  • Ronin Ruste
  • Mason Blair
    Key PA
  • Chuck Cavanaugh
    Mix and Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance, LGBT, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 23, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Montclair State University
  • Script Awards Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
  • Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
  • The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival NYC
    New York, New York
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Carter Cavanaugh

Carter Cavanaugh is a filmmaker, artist, and production designer based in Brooklyn, NY. They graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Filmmaking in 2020, receiving "Best Director" and "Best Screenwriter" awards at their graduation ceremony for their work on "Antique Failure."
As a nonbinary creative, Carter’s mission statement is to create space for marginalized representation both on and off-screen.

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Director Statement

"Antique Failure" is the most important piece I've ever worked on. I finished production just days before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. I've never had a challenge quite like trying to edit, graduate, and get work in my industry, all while uncertainty and death loomed above my head. For my main character, his life is also filled with doubt, depression, and insecurity. It took months to find him again, to find myself again, to see my characters and my world and remember how important this story is for me, how important it is for my community.

As a queer filmmaker, queer characters and queer film mean everything to me. For years, in my program, I was told to look at film and see myself in it, in these characters and these stories. How could I, when every story was a straight man's fantasy? How could I see myself when I didn't exist at all? My statement as a filmmaker is to create LGBT+ characters with depth so that while anyone can relate to their experiences, they explicitly give queer audiences the space to truly see themselves and their struggles reflected back at them.

Antique Failure is a story about being true to yourself.

This film is dedicated to every LGBT powerhouse I've ever met - I love you, thank you.