Experiencing Interruptions?


Following a violent incident, a young woman isolates herself in a cottage, hoping to find peace. However, past traumas and insecurities resurface and haunt her with each passing day.

  • Spencer Ryerson
    Unannounced, Farewell
  • Spencer Ryerson
  • Jessica Reis
  • Maddie Zekkou
  • Jessica Allen
    Key Cast
    March Family Letters, ABCs of Death
  • Biden Hall
    Key Cast
  • Lawrene Denkers
    Key Cast
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    Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2016
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  • Lost Episode Fest Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
    August 7, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Hamilton Film Festival
    Hamilton, Ontario
Director Biography - Spencer Ryerson

Spencer Ryerson is a Toronto-based director and cinematographer. Ever since Spencer was a young boy, he has been interested in telling stories visually, whether that be by painting, drawing, or his grandmother’s webcam. Since graduating Humber College's Film and Media Production program, Spencer directed the short films, "Farewell" and "Unannounced". Last Christmas, he served as director of photography on the mumblecore musical, "Cold Season", which has screened at festivals internationally.

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Director Statement

Since I was little, I've always loved horror. I would always watch and read "Goosebumps" or "Are You Afraid of the Dark?", despite it resulting in many childhood nightmares. As I got older and was allowed to watch things I shouldn't have watched, my love for horror grew, as did my passion for filmmaking. My problem was that I didn't just want to make the usual slasher flick or haunted house throwback, so I decided to bring in some more personal elements into my script(s). Sprouting from my experiences with anxiety over the years, as well as observing the increasingly popular culture of selfies and obsession with physical appearances, I came up with the base for my film and my character, Danielle. Although there has been a growing awareness towards removing the stigmas people have with mental illness and one's physical appearance, these issues and pressures people deal with are still out there. Now, the trick was making something that touched on these feelings and experiences, while still entertaining the audience. So, throw in some blood, a ghost, and some very sharp objects... And that's how "Cover-Up" was born.