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Billy Ghost

An inexperienced young medium helps a bumbling ghost and his grieving widow find closure.

  • Timothy Burnham
    The Couple Upstairs
  • Timothy Burnham
  • Jasmine Sankaran
    The Couple Upstairs
  • Timothy Burnham
  • Rey Marz
    Key Cast
    "Billy / Ghost"
    Straw Man
  • Rachel Damiani
    Key Cast
  • Claire Haller
    Key Cast
    "The Medium"
    Monday Mourning
  • Marv L. Roussan
    Key Cast
    "The Afterlife Bouncer"
    Artist’s Lament
  • Ben Hoskin
    Director of Cinematography
    My Own
  • Mark Hartzog
    Silver Dreams
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  • Genres:
    Supernatural, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Helium 6k
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • South Coast Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 26, 2022
    Official Selection
  • The Amazing Stoner Movie Festival
    November 10, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Fortean Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 2, 2022
    Official Selection - Best Ghost Film
  • Cannabis Culture Film Festival
    United States
    April 24, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Timothy Burnham

Timothy Burnham was raised by wolves in the Australian desert town. His love of storytelling sustained him and now he makes off-beat, handmade genre films about his past lives while also working at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

In my life I have had many experiences with ghosts, whether in the form of spooky sounds heard late at night in empty rooms or in the form of unbidden memories, which are much scarier. My first childhood home in the Australian outback was the former house of a child killer who my mother claimed I would talk to when left alone. When I was ten, I moved to America and learned, through firsthand experience, all about the ghosts that haunt this troubled land. And when I was twenty-five, my father, still in Australia, passed away. That one haunts me more than the others.

During November 2020, just as we were starting to lose our minds in Covid isolation, my co-producer and partner Jasmine and myself, sent out the bat signal to our friends and collaborators and brought together old and new friends, all eager for a chance to be creative again. We were all feeling the worldwide grief and we all wanted to return to the dream of creating. All our unresolved relationships were taking on a new importance and weight. We pooled our resources, took our collective anxiety about the times, and channeled it into this handmade project about the messy, funny, and unsettling nature of grief and closure. I took a lot of inspiration from Miranda July, Anna Biller, Pixar, and that uncomfortable feeling that slips up the spine when someone asks me how close I am to my family and I already know how quiet it’s about to get when I answer. It was a strange project that required an impossible amount of trust and vulnerability for everyone involved.

In the time since making Billy Ghost, our growing collective has made three additional short films and each one has taught us more about ourselves as friends and artists.

Thank you for reading this and giving our film a chance. I look forward to attending your festival should we be so fortunate as to be accepted.

- Tim Burnham (writer/director)