DAYS END

A disillusioned young man’s self-loathing is interrupted by a cataclysmic event with life altering consequences.

Even with news of a massive solar flare threatening electronics and communications, Dylan’s mind is elsewhere wondering about the status of his relationship with his girlfriend (Liz). Best friend and co-worker Nate, listens attempting to put an end to Dylan’s self-loathing. However, his incessant worrying is rendered meaningless when an abrupt power outage leads to a horrifying chain of events, thrusting Dylan and Nate into a fight for their lives. In his darkest moments of fear and desperation, Dylan is about to discover an unforeseen clarity to put things in perspective.

  • Thomas Gaunt
    Director
    A PLACE CALLED HOME: AN ADOPTION STORY
  • Thomas Gaunt
    Writer
    THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, A PLACE CALLED HOME: AN ADOPTION STORY
  • Thomas Gaunt
    Producer
    THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, A PLACE CALLED HOME: AN ADOPTION STORY, ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
  • Gary Czowiecki
    Producer
    THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES
  • H. Joshua Gaunt
    Producer
    THE SIGNAL
  • Jason Bryant
    Producer
    LAPTOP
  • Trisha List
    Producer
  • Brian Gruesbeck
    Producer
  • Soni Sinha
    Producer
  • Andrew Carl
    Key Cast
  • Arque Springfield
    Key Cast
  • Ray Baker
    Key Cast
  • Nancy Johansen
    Key Cast
  • Jason Bryant
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Kane
    Key Cast
  • Joe Burton
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Indianapolis International Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    World Premiere / Indiana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The From Beyond Online Film Fest
    San Diego, California
    August 23, 2015
    San Diego Premiere
    Finalist
  • Highway 61 Film Festival
    Pine City, Minnesota
    October 2, 2014
    Minnesota Premiere
    Semi-finalist
  • Viewster Online Film Festival
    Zurich, Switzerland
    March 12, 2014
    Online Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Rendezvous Film Festival
    Fernandina Beach, Florida
    June 5, 2015
    Florida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Online Film Festival
    Online
    November 1, 2014
    Online Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Freedom Film Festival
    Online
    January 14, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Silver Dollar Film Festival
    Online
    December 11, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Wasteland Film Festival
    California City, California
    September 25, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Armageddon Expo Film Festival
    Auckland, New Zealand
    October 23, 2015
    New Zealand Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Indie Film Festival
    Switzerland
    October 4, 2015
    Switzerland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, California
    October 4, 2015
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Chicago Paranormal Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    December 5, 2015
    Chicago Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Northern Frights Festival
    Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada
    October 24, 2015
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Rhode Island Comic-Con Film Festival
    Providence, Rhode Island
    November 6, 2015
    Rhode Island Premiere
    Official Selection
  • MAC Horror Film Festival
    Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
    November 22, 2015
    Brazil Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Blackbird Film Festival
    Cortland, New York
    April 29, 2016
    New York State Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Broken Knuckle Film Festival
    Online
    October 20, 2016
    Official Selection
  • The Strange Film Awards

    Official Selection
  • IndiePossible International Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Southway Film Festival

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Thomas Gaunt

Thomas C. Gaunt is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter whose work has been recognized by film festivals and competitions (CineStory, ScreenCraft, Austin, Heartland, Nashville, Nicholl, and Slated) and has aired on television and streaming networks (PBS, El Rey Network, Netflix, PIVOT TV (Participant Media), The Documentary Channel and The Sundance Channel).

The eldest son in a large family, Thomas spent his first ten years in northern Indiana farm country before moving to downtown Indianapolis. This rural/urban duality has informed his writing immeasurably, allowing him to imbue stories with a wide range of characters from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Thomas is also influenced by his parents fostering dozens of special needs children over the years (adopting twelve), all with unique personalities and character traits. It took a big imagination, artistic ability, and captivating storytelling to stand out in a family so large. As a result, his talents won him acceptance to the School of The Art Institute of Chicago where he received a BFA in filmmaking. He won a highly coveted internship spending three years learning the craft of documentary filmmaking from Kartemquin Films (HOOP DREAMS, MINDING THE GAP). After stints producing a public affairs program for Chicago’s Public Access TV Station (CAN TV) and teaching production classes at a local alternative high school, it wasn’t long before he set out to write and direct his own films.

Drawing from his vast interests and life experiences, Thomas has written many feature screenplays and TV pilots – placing in the Finals, Semifinals, or Quarterfinals of over 30 screenwriting competitions. His crime thriller THE NIGHT WATCHMAN has received recognition from all major competitions/platforms (a Finalist in the upcoming Nashville Film Festival, a recent Austin Film Festival Quarterfinalist, and rated in the Top 1% of screenplays on Coverfly). Thomas' social justice heist drama, CIRCLE OF THIEVES, was a Semifinalist in the 2021 CineStory Foundation Retreat & Fellowship and his Sci-fi Adventure Pilot, WORLDS APART, was a 2021 ScreenCraft Drama Competition Semifinalist and rated in the Top 3% of screenplays on Coverfly.

Thomas’ first feature documentary A PLACE CALLED HOME: AN ADOPTION STORY, about his parent’s adoption of nine siblings, won a ‘Crystal Heart Award’ at the 2004 Heartland Film Festival and the ‘Audience Award’ for Best Documentary Feature at the Indianapolis International Film Festival before premiering on PBS in 2005. Thomas went on to write, direct, and produce many more shorts and docs including the 2017 short thriller RED MAZE which premiered on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network – winning six festival awards including a ‘Silver Remi’ in the suspense/thriller category at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. In 2012, Thomas produced, photographed, and edited the PBS Illinois Arts Council-funded documentary ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, about five aging artist families navigating the rocky path to first-time home ownership. He has also contributed cinematography to the Sundance Channel / Netflix documentary HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN’T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN (narrated by Matt Damon) and the Slamdance Film Festival premiering documentary CORRECTIONS about the business of privatizing prisons and profiting from prison labor.

For more information, go to Thomas’ production company website (http://gauntfilms.com).

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