Dealing with his pill addiction, Jinn suffers from vivid nightmares, featuring a monster that plagues his everyday life.

  • Ross Mendigorin
    A Thousand Words
  • Sanjay Singh
  • EyeCandy Studios
  • Ross Mendigorin
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Mikla
    Key Cast
  • Ross Mendigorin
  • Sanjay Singh
  • Ross Mendigorin
  • George Tan
    Best Boy - Grip
  • Kyla May Penaranda
    Grip & Electric
  • Weibo Liu
    Grip & Electric
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror, psychological thriller, Trippy, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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    Digital - Black Magic 6k Pro
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    Yes - Ross Mendigorin
Director Biography - Ross Mendigorin

Ross Mendigorin is a Media Arts alumni at York University in Toronto. He has always been a fan of film and filmmaking. Since he was a kid, he would take his mother's pocket camera and make skits and videos for his own entertainment.

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Director Statement

Dizzy is about someone who learns to live with his illness, instead of trying to cure it, but sometimes it gets too much to bare and it becomes a problem.

I've dealt with this myself, thinking for a while that I had to act differently or be something I'm not in order to hide what I am truly going through, it wasn't until I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy that I fully understood why I act the way I do.

I had countless sleep paralysis episodes and suddenly felt the urge to sleep all the time, anywhere possible. I had to go through numerous tests and sleep at a night clinic. When I was told, it was like a switch flipping in my head, telling me that this is normal. I stopped compensating, and I saw the world how I am meant to see it.

The pills in the film are similar to the ones I had to take. It made me more awake, and more focused. However, when I ran out of them I was not allowed to get refills unless I retake more tests and go back to the sleep clinic. I very much did not enjoy it. So I did not get refills. This caused my narcolepsy to spike harder and reminded me of how dependent I am on pills.

I began writing the film to cope with how I felt. This film started as a rendition of how a typical exaggerated day would go but evolved into something more related to the withdrawal aspect.

Overall, this film is about dependency on medicine, and the consequence of what happens when that dependency is met with a shortage. It is also about the importance of mental health and knowing when things go too far, not to leave it to help itself. It also involves the consequence of pacifism, seeing someone struggle and not doing anything to help.

All of these ideas, were put into a creative blender to make a film that speaks to me, which in turn I hope speaks to others.