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Upon returning home to help his brother with the family farm, a catholic priest comes to find that the reason for their failing crops is something sinister.

  • Olivia Dinman
  • Olivia Dinman
  • Mackenzie Nolan
  • Katie Kemp
  • Gabriel Kelly
  • Thomas Morris
    Key Cast
  • Dave Polgar
    Key Cast
  • Emily Gerber
    Key Cast
    "The Spirit"
  • Nellie
    Key Cast
    "Spirit Dog"
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  • Genres:
    agri-horror, drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,660 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C300
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Director Biography - Olivia Dinman

Olivia Dinman (but everyone calls her OD) is a writer and director whose work focuses primarily on emotionally stunted individuals forced to reconcile with themselves and those closest to them. Her screenplays have been produced both on 35mm film and digitally on Canon C300. While writing and directing is her primary focus, she also loves being hands on in the camera, grip and electric departments and working as a production assistant on independent projects and multi-million dollar productions in the Richmond area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Cinema, with minors in history and creative writing.

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Director Statement

I grew up in the Catholic church and I've always been fascinated with the idea and critique of priesthood and the pursuit of pureness in a world that is ruled by toxic masculinity. This interest paired with my love for dysfunctional family dynamics in film and horror that feels both unreal yet eerily plausible is what helped shape this narrative that was crafted in the time of Covid-19, in which I was stuck in a townhouse with my five other family members lacking much needed control in a world that felt unreal. To feel a total lack of control in one's environment and use avoidance as a coping mechanism against otherworldly forces is something that was compelling to me. I wanted to explore what it would look like for a priest to return home, to the brother and the life he wanted to escape, and for him to slowly transform into someone he never wanted to become, but who he always has been.