When lightning hits a person, it sends 300m volts of electricity across the entire body in three milliseconds. It’s more than a jolt. For many, it’s life-ending. And even for those that do survive, the effects are lifelong and unrelenting.

Sharon Apple is a young woman who in a matter of minutes is struck dead and miraculously brought back to life by one single lightning bolt.

As she picks herself up and returns to her life, she’s very obviously not the same. On a daily basis, she struggles with survivor’s guilt, wondering why her life was spared? As she seeks to answer those questions, her friend has questions of her own. Mostly pertaining to the afterlife.

  • Matthew Peter Rojas
    The Altar, The Name That Separates, Always on Time, Indivisible
  • Taylor Moore
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  • Matthew Peter Rojas
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  • Hailey Rojas
    The Altar, The Name That Separates, Always on Time, Indivisible
  • Wilson Lemieux
  • Manda Mae Emery
    Key Cast
    "Sharon Apple"
  • Skyler McIntosh
    Key Cast
  • Earl Browning III
    Key Cast
  • M Serrano
    Key Cast
  • John Carrington
    Director of Photography
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  • Bradford Nyght
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    August 9, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Vision 3 35mm Kodak, ARRIRAW
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Director Biography - Matthew Peter Rojas

Matthew Rojas allows his visuals and sound to reveal the truth and hope to audiences all over. He focuses on creating in-depth characters, whose internal struggles are conveyed through an invoking dark cinematic style.

Seeking to create authentic performances and visual metaphors, he challenges viewers to reminisce about the topics in his films genuinely.

Matthew Rojas is based out of Texas and works as a Freelance Director creating narrative and commercial content.

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Director Statement

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of life and death and the fact that what we do here on Earth impacts our afterlife. I wanted to push that idea further and explore what happens when you survive a life-altering event. One where you should have died. It brings up a lot of questions for the survivor like why did I live when so many don’t, what does it mean and what should I be doing with this second shot at a life well-lived. That’s what lead me to the exploration I call DIVA.