Disarray Days

A dejected man battles with a cruel universe while he inadvertently robs a store with an enigmatic hitchhiker.

  • Karl Ryan Erikson
    Director
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity, Poor Earl, I Don't Need Her
  • Karl Ryan Erikson
    Writer
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity, Poor Earl, I Don't Need Her
  • Evan Dickerson
    Writer
  • Karl Ryan Erikson
    Producer
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity, Poor Earl, I Don't Need Her
  • Mustafah Williams
    Producer
    Devour Me, Making It to Mass
  • Nicholas Pietroniro
    Producer
  • Merritt Reid
    Key Cast
    "Travis"
    Beef Impact, The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
  • Michael Jacobson
    Key Cast
    "Pepper"
    Beef Impact,
  • Renee Harrison
    Key Cast
  • Jose A. Diaz
    Key Cast
    Luke Cage
  • Theresa Copeland
    Key Cast
    Poor Earl
  • Caroline Erikson
    Executive Producer
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity, Poor Earl, I Don't Need Her
  • Karl Ryan Erikson
    Executive Producer
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity, Poor Earl, I Don't Need Her
  • Alan Glucksman
    Assistant Director
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity
  • Joshua Echevarria
    cinematographer
    Addle Strife
  • Mario Melara
    Key Grip
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity
  • Nicholas Pietroniro
    Assistant camera operator
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity
  • Nicolas J. Capra
    Gaffer
    Paul
  • Kelly Harnett
    Sound Design
  • Omar Portilla
    Production Coordinator
    Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity
  • Steven Lopez
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 12, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.89:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Venice Shorts
    Venice
    Italy
    October 12, 2020
    Finalist
  • Anatolian Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    September 23, 2020
    Finalist
  • Sweden Film Awards

    Sweden
    October 18, 2020
    Finalist
  • New Jersey Film Awards
    New Jersey
    April 1, 2021
    Best Short Film - WINNER
Director Biography - Karl Ryan Erikson

New Jersey filmmaker. Inspired by films and filmmakers from the lates 70's, 80's and early 90s. Karl has a BFA in Filmmaking from MSU where he was awarded "Excellence in Filmmaking".
Not tied to any one particular genre, Karl has written and directed comedies, dramas, WW2 period piece, and science fiction.
In 2015 he started a small independent production company Lucky Elephant Films where he has produced award winning short films - Addle Strife, Freeman Velocity, and Poor Earl.

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Director Statement

Years ago, while watching a news story about a bank robbery, I had a thought - One of these guys had the idea to rob the bank, but why did the second guy join him?

Disarray Days is a dark comedic story about shunning accountability and responsibility for the sense of belonging, being needed, and being understood.