Dirty Laundry

For young Sam the world is a sad and frightening place. His father is gone. His mother is entirely consumed by depression. He has no one. No parent to clean his clothes. No ally to ward off the bullies at school, and no hero to defeat the terrifying Laundry Monster that dwells in his basement. As the mountain of dirty laundry grows larger, the insults at school grow meaner and the roars of the Monster grow louder. Sam fails to find someone to aid him and is left with no other choice: He must brave the Laundry Monster... Alone.

  • Aaron Martinez
  • Guy Pooles
    The Light and the LIttle Girl
  • Ian M. Drazen
  • Zander Faden
    Key Cast
  • Jeff Blumberg
    Key Cast
  • Nicole Haddad
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Children, Horror, Coming of age
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    46,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD (Sony F65)
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • DGA Student Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    November 7, 2013
    Private Screening
    Outstanding Directorial Achievement
  • The Student Academy Awards (west Regional Finals)
    Portland, OR
    April 22, 2014
    World Premiere
  • Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
    Oberhausen, Germany
    May 3, 2014
    European Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • American Society of Cinematography Linwood Dunn Heritage Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    June 13, 2014
    Graduate School Heritage Award Winner
  • DC Shorts Film Festival
    Washington DC
    September 13, 2014
  • LA Shorts
    Los Angeles CA
    July 31, 2014
    Xining, China
    July 24, 2014
    Asian Premiere
  • BUSTER Children's Film Festival
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    September 6, 2014
  • Hollywood Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 18, 2014
  • Hampton's International Film Festival
    East Hampton, NY
    October 12, 2014
    Golden Starfish (Student)
  • Heartland Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    October 16, 2014
  • Curta Cinema 2014
    Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
    October 24, 2014
    South American Premiere
Director Biography - Aaron Martinez

Aaron grew up with paper and pen in hand, spending much of his childhood drawing up treacherous scenarios, alter egos and devilish foes. As a teen he recognized his resonance with the arts and began what is now a lifelong obsession with filmmaking. After absorbing the unapologetically experimental aesthetics of Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon at the University of Colorado, he left the Zen of the Rocky Mountains to live in Madrid, Paris, and eventually Berlin where he worked as a commercial editor and motion designer in one of Europe’s most artistically driven industries. At the AFI Conservatory Aaron has added a keen understanding of narrative storytelling to his strong sense of the cinematic language.

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