Call the Sandman

Izumi Ishimoto and Alex Morales were once in love and now cannot forget each other twenty years later. As time passed they have moved on with their lives, but so has the world. Set in a boring and bureaucratic version of NYC, Izumi and Alex go about their mundane existences while quietly refusing to give in to mandates the new dystopian culture. A mysterious company called the Sandman Corp., led by the equally mysterious Dr. Esperanza Haddid, boldly claims to have the technology to create alternate realities or dreams by scanning peoples' memories. The opportunity to reconnect with each other is a temptation the two haven't felt in years.

  • Lou Blackmon
    A Través de la Oscuridad
  • Lou Blackmon
    A Través de la Oscuridad
  • Nathan Liu
    Maggie (stage play)
  • Zachary Grullon
    Director of Photography
    The Fish
  • Momo Judy Ave
    Key Cast
    "Izumi Ishimoto"
  • Lenny Thomas
    Key Cast
    "Alex Morales"
    The Fish
  • Silvana Gonzalez
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Esperanza Haddid"
    Now What?!
  • Sam Stuart
    Key Cast
    "Yoko Ishimoto"
    Mono No Aware
  • Nathan Liu
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Ling"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Romance, drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Blue Planet Science Fiction Film Festival
    December 1, 2020
    Chinese Premiere
    Star Award
  • Berlin Sci-fi Film Festival
    November 20, 2020
    Berlin Preimere
    Official Selection
  • Vesuvius International Monthly Film Festival
    February 28, 2021
    Italian Premiere
    Best Short Drama
  • New Filmmakers New York
    New York
    United States
    January 6, 2021
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Film Shortage

    May 14, 2020
    Online Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Alter & Dust

    November 5, 2021
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • OddOneOut Productions
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Lou Blackmon

Lou Blackmon is the Owner and founder of OddOneOut Productions. He has been working in the film industry since 2010 as a freelance Director, producer and cinematographer. Lou has demonstrated his versatility as a rising filmmaker in shooting and producing feature and short films, documentaries, music videos, commercials and content for brands like Nike, HBO, NBC Peacock, General Motors, RGA and Global Citizen.

Lou currently divides his time between New York and Atlanta.

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Director Statement

When I first read Call the Sandman I was immediately intrigued by how well the story and characters captured the sense of loneliness when living in a major city. As people there is no greater comfort than our shared intimacy and it is through these collective experiences that we create the fabric of our dreams. Izumi and Alex’s intimacy is what grounds this unusual story and the world they inhabit. I am happy to bring this unique little gem of a story into reality the way Izumi and Alex make us believe it can. - Lou Blackmon (Director, Producer)