Experiencing Interruptions?


Haunted by visions of his recently deceased mother, Peter believes that she is sending him a message from beyond the grave, awakening violent urges within him.

  • Todd Densmore
  • Todd Densmore
  • Brittany Gray
  • Andrew Bryce
    Key Cast
  • Anne Glenn
    Key Cast
  • Emma Norville
    Key Cast
  • Samantha Pearl Weller
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Horror, thriller
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Digital, 4K
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Director Biography - Todd Densmore

Although his love and passion for films showed no end, the contents of his wallet certainly did. So after graduating high school in central Maine, Todd enrolled in the closest thing he could to a film school that he could afford--the Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. It was there where he graduated with an Associates Degree in digital video production and began his career in television news while making films on the side.

Working in southern Maine, he met film director Jim Comas Cole, and worked as an assistant director on two of Cole’s award winning feature films--Sundowning, and Three Priests. Soon after, Todd wrote and directed his first feature film, Damaged Goods which went on to play in a number of film festivals in New England.

Life eventually found Todd south of the Mason-Dixon line in Virginia, where he and his old college friend Raymond Wallace, began to work on productions together, eventually leading to the award winning Lost In Buffalo City, which Todd co-wrote and produced.

In 2018 Todd co-wrote and co-directed the short film Clean which won a number of awards at the 2018 Richmond 48 Hour Film Project, including best film runner up. To this day Todd continues to work in local tv news while making films on his own time.

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Director Statement

We all have grieved over the loss of someone important to us at some point in our lives. How we mourn their loss says a lot about ourselves. When my Nana Florence passed away a few years back--I watched how it affected my mother, my aunts and uncles, taking little time to focus on how it affected me.

While living alone in Richmond, Virginia--a new city to me--I started writing the story of a lonely man going through a state of self-isolation. There were a lot of similar emotions and characteristics that we shared, this character and I. Except this fictional character had a dark and violent trait. He was a serial killer.

As I wrote this character and later mourned my Nana, I thought--what if grief manifested itself in the form of violence. Life creates life, death creates more death. What if this character, Peter, could grieve his mother the only way he knew how--through creating the loss of another human being. And what if these emotions and this characteristic he built for himself was in a way planted inside of him by his mother before she passed?

I wanted to create an interesting story filled with realized characters and study the idea of overcoming grief. From this, Cardinal was born. Through this psychological thriller with elements of horror, I wanted to create a new horror antagonist who not only felt real, but played with whether or not you want to root for or not.

They say when you see a cardinal, it is someone sending a message from the spirit world--maybe the idea of this story was the message my Nana was sending me?