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Desert Rats

When death stares you in the face and all hope is lost - what is it that keeps a person going? When an ensured and painful end can be avoided by ones own hand, what stops a person from pulling the trigger?
This is the breaking point at which we find Commander David Righter. The Sahara Desert, 1942. Stranded in the infinite desert with nothing but his sidearm, Righter must choose between ending his hopeless situation by his own hand or giving himself up to fate. Desert Rats seeks to show that keeping hope alive - even in the most grim of circumstances - can be the only chance at victory.

  • William Kresch
    Writer, Director
  • Jay Oh
    Director of Photography
  • Matthew Kresch
  • Adam French
    Set Construction and Practical Effects
  • William Kresch
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  • Genres:
    War, Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The Wythe Hotel
    Brooklyn NY
    United States
    October 1, 2016
  • London GoldenScout International Film Fest
    United Kingdom
    Best Actor
  • Shorts On Tap - London
    United Kingdom
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Director Statement

Desert Rats seeks to explore the fear and madness that comes with isolation and hopeless situations. Weather trapped in a cell, the infinite expanse of the desert or even Mars - when a man is alone, it effects his mind. We find our lead charachter stranded, facing a certain and painful death. However, he has a pistol. He can end his suffering any time he chooses. I find this moment, when one can choose a way out but does not, incredibly facinating. How humans somehow manage to keep lit the tiny flame of hope - even in the face of impossible circumstances - is what makes us so amazing and resilient as a species. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to explore these terrifying psychological themes amid the backdrop of World War Two.