EGRESS

A young Swiss couple, eager to buy their first house, learn that the prior owners might not be ready to sell.

Meanwhile, the homeowners, Sophia (Christina Behnke) and Ai (Dan Chen), go on a hiking trip, and split up during an argument in the woods after getting lost. Sophia makes it back to their car to wait for Ai and to warm up from the dropping temperatures, but the car won’t start, her phone is dead, and the temperature keeps dropping. She fears the worst and that their last words to each other would be about splitting up and that they would each die alone. She ultimately succumbs to hypothermia, but she still needs to bring love into her house before she can rest in peace.

A real estate agent, unsure about how much of this to disclose to the new buyers (and perhaps with a nudge from Sophia's spirit) uses the idea of hope to close the deal in the end.

  • Dan Chen
    Writer
    Entropy
  • Dan Chen
    Producer
    Entropy
  • Andy Lee
    Director
  • Amil Dave
    Cinematographer
  • Christina Behnke
    Key Cast
    "Sophia"
  • Paula Reumer
    Key Cast
    "Anna"
  • Steven J. Harris
    Key Cast
    "Roger"
  • Isabel Julazadeh
    Key Cast
    "Julia"
  • Dan Chen
    Key Cast
    "Ai"
    Russian Doll, Girls5eva
  • Dan Chen
    Film Editor
  • Isabel Pierone
    Script Supervisor
  • Cristina Aguirre
    Location Manager
  • Phoebe Lai
    Sound PA
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 17, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Swiss German
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Brooklyn Art Haus Short Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    October 31, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Bloody Hats Film Festival
    Stuttgart
    Germany
    June 9, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Andy Lee

Andy is a filmmaker and video editor who recently graduated from
UC Berkeley with a BA in Film and a BA in Global Studies. She grew up in New York City where she was greatly influenced by the local art and culture. She has always had a strong passion for the visual arts and often spent her time drawing and painting.

She began to take interest in film and media when she arrived in California and discovered her love for creating stories and inspiring the masses. She was involved in CalTV and the Cinematic Arts Production Club, where she mainly served as a production assistant, video editor, and cinematographer.

This is Andy's first collaboration with Dan Chen, the Writer and Executive Producer of EGRESS.

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