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Saul begins a journey to overcome his depression and take the first steps to start his life anew. The film opens with Saul during his darkest hour - on the verge of becoming addicted to heroin. However, a mysterious spirit shows him memories of his late mother before her suicide, guiding him to ultimately reach out for help. By understanding the suffering of his past, he can seek a better future.

  • Emily Banach
  • Emily Banach
  • Danielle Jones
  • Maggie Kisor
  • Austin Rethwisch
  • Shelly Gertan
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Spiritual, Urban
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 27, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Scad Senior Showcase
    United States
    May 29, 2019
    Scad Senior Showcase
Director Biography - Emily Banach

Having always found inspiration in film, I took my first job
on a movie set in 2014 when I was just 16 years old. There I
began to fuel a fire in creating entertaining stories for film
and animation. I continued to seek out experience through
SCAD where I learned a wide swathe of skills to work
proficiently on several projects; taking up such roles as
animator, texture artist, and character/environment modeler.

I would eventually go on to conceptualize DUST and direct
it through the entire production progress with a talented
and dedicated crew. My plan is to continue making films
that I hope will be remembered forever.

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Director Statement

Dust is a film that was created through the culmination of several lives and life experiences. I wrote the film as a tribute to the strength it takes to believe that there is a better day— as tribute to my sisters and all of my friends who have experienced those days where faith is an abstract concept. This film is about those we have loved and some that we have lost along the way. Our main character, Saul, is a character who has gone through a terrible experience in his life and this experience continues to lead him in a downwards spiral. However, that is not where we cast our focus. Instead this film is meant to embody the recovery —the act of finding hope when all seems lost.