Three longtime friends decide to flee their crippled town in an attempt to escape their miserable lives. Now, out of luck and stranded in the desert, they come across a decaying bar which gives them new life. With a new outlook, they ask themselves if this is really the road they want to go down.

  • Michael Ashton
    Midnight Texas, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Night Shift
  • Michael Ashton
  • Erick Castillo, Michael Ashton Kuhn
  • Michael Ashton Kuhn, Andres Segura, Josh Bowen, Sofia Embid, Clint Obenchain, Robyn Reede
    Key Cast
    "Mike, Andres, Josh, Young Wife, Young Husband, Betty"
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  • Genres:
    Psychological Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Adventure
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Michael Ashton

With the excitement of a successful day on set as a co-star, coupled with coming home and the desire to tell stories exactly how I've envisioned them, Is something very unique, and equally as powerful. Betty's is the first short film I have directed.

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Director Statement

I first stood on a stage in 9th grade, in Prattville, Alabama. It makes sense I wanted to recite a Forrest Gump monologue for my first at bat as an actor. When writing Betty's, I had all the visuals playing on repeat as I penciled in the words. Every detail, from the type of booze the priest was drinking,, to the mechanics of a blood gag. How this would be put this to film? I realized to make this the best thing I could, something I want to watch, I needed a support system. With each member of the cast and crew reaching their hands into the pot, we were able to execute the best we could on a vision. That vision was singular with pen and pad, and now, a steaming locomotive and nothing but prairie. It was a beautiful collaboration. it became something others like me could be apart of. That was when I felt the most euphoric. Just like the first time I stepped onto a stage, probably, maybe ... not far from Greenbo.