Experiencing Interruptions?


A man, Elijah, living alone in the woods is caught off guard by a mysterious visitor who ends up in his cabin after crashing her car nearby. The man's purpose is now to take care of this woman to the best of his abilities. The woman teaches him how to mourn the loss of his dead wife who we was not able to save by taking care of her instead. After realizing that the mysterious woman was never there in the first place Elijah is able to overcome his guilt and head back into reality.

  • Hannah Roebuck
  • MacKenzie Pinkerton
  • Hannah Roebuck
  • MacKenzie Pinkerton
  • Nick Smith
    Director of Photography
  • Ashley Brittain
    Production Designer
  • Daniel Beltram
    Key Cast
  • Rylee Bolls
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Mystery
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic RAW
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • UCA Film Festival
    Conway, Arkansas
    United States
    April 26, 2019
    Festival Premiere
    Best Producing
  • Made in Arkansas Film Festival
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    United States
    May 16, 2019
    Best Student Film Finalist
  • El Dorado Film Festival
    El Dorado, Arkansas
    United States
    October 12, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Hannah Roebuck

Hannah Roebuck is a Senior in the film program at the University of Central Arkansas. She has directed three short films: "Happily Never After", "Joy", and "Avaline". She currently works as an in-house videographer for Dave Creek Media and runs her own freelance videography business called WanderBloom Films. Hannah was also awarded the film scholarship for the year of 2018. She has also worked in production design on short films like "Abby's Kitchen" and "Mario's Journal".

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Director Statement

This story was written by me
and my co-writer MacKenzie Pinkerton in
honor of our fathers. Both MacKenzie
and I have lost our fathers in the past
and though it happened in different
ways, at different times in our lives,
and we both had different ways of
coping, the common theme that we
have both experienced is the hopeful
hopelessness that comes with losing a
loved one. That feeling is exactly what
birthed Avaline.
My father died in a motorcycle
wreck when I was 10 years old and I
can vividly remember laying in my bed
and imagining my dad coming home
from work and singing the same little
silly song he used to sing every time he
would come home. This image would
become so vivid to me that I would
sometimes have to get up from my
room to check and see if he really did
come back this time, maybe this was
all some cruel joke. I was hopefully
hopeless for the longest of times.
It took me a while to come to
terms with my father’s death and
move on with my life, even as a child. That is why we wrote Avaline. This is the story of a
man who is still hopefully hopeless and lets his mind run so wild that he actually convinces
himself that his dead wife is there with him. It may seem like a morbid thought but this is
what it takes for him to recover, to move on.
The process of moving on from something so traumatic looks different for everyone
and that’s okay. Through this film, my goal is to portray this process in a way that I relate so
deeply to and have a hope that others may relate to it as well.