Private Project

Belton County

When a serial killer strikes in Belton County, Franny Cooke, the daughter of the legendary late sheriff, steps outside the law to hunt the perpetrator down. As her investigation crosses paths with some of Florida's most bizarre residents, it becomes clear that the panhandle is a lot more dangerous than it seems.

  • Nicholas Markart
    AV Club, Peacekeeper
  • Nicholas Markart
    AV Club, Peacekeeper
  • Scott Marino
  • Ryland Carlin
  • Rebecca Blair
    Key Cast
    "Franny Cooke"
  • Travis Herndon
    Key Cast
    "Sheriff Melvin Donahue"
  • Gerry Z. Dragun
    Key Cast
    "Bob Crocker"
  • David Raizor
    Key Cast
    "Sterling Millard"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Nicholas Markart

Nicholas Markart's filmography lives somewhere between straight-faced political activism and genre-bending absurdity. Whether its a documentary chronicling the Standing Rock movement or a horror-comedy about a high-school AV Club, Nicholas believes in exploring all extremes to tell a story. At the Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts, his education included formal training in all positions on a film set, but his focus lies in writing and directing. He created an advertising agency at sixteen years old, and since then his work has been featured not only at the Cannes International Film Festival, but also trash cans across the globe.

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Director Statement

“It would be easy, at first glance, to think that Belton County is a story about a small town trying to deal with a serial killer, but its really a story about a small town trying to deal with the absence of their once-great sheriff. Despite dying long before the film begins, Franny’s father has a consistent presence, and the relationships that he once shared with characters like Franny and Donahue is what Belton County is all about.”