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Pursuing closure after the death of his fiancée in Beijing, a globetrotting stringer discovers a secret war over stolen U.S. military nanotech poised to revolutionize the international illicit narcotics trade.

  • Shannon Frady
  • Diånna Martin
  • Shannon Frady
  • Shannon Frady
  • Yurika Foster
    Key Cast
    "Naomi MacKenna"
  • Alfred E. Rutherford
    Key Cast
    "Marco Davis"
  • Maxime Bailleul
    Key Cast
    "Alexis Jouvenel"
  • Thompson Newkirk
    Key Cast
    "The Stringer"
  • Joe Chan
    Key Cast
    "Lawrence Lui"
  • Chris Young
    Key Cast
  • Skyler Wang
    Key Cast
  • Dianna Martin
    Key Cast
    "Police psychologist"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama, Nanopunk
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    422 ProRes HQ Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
    United States
    September 22, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 14, 2020
    Platinum: Shannon Frady for Best Cinematography; Joe Ginsberg, Paul Suepat, and Clara Fairbanks for Best Production Design Silver: Best Thriller Short; Best Sci Fi Short; Best Web Series/TV Pilot Bronze: Shannon Frady for Best Original Story Honorable Mention: Yurika Foster, Alfred E. Rutherford, Maxime Bailleul, Thompson Newkirk, Joe Chan, Chris Young, Skyler Wang, and Dianna Martin for Best Acting Ensemble; Tony Verderosa for Best Original Score
Director Biography - Shannon Frady, Diånna Martin

Son of civil rights journalist and Pulitzer-nominated author Marshall Frady, Shannon was born in Atlanta, grew up in New York City, and also lived in Beijing for seven years before returning to the U.S. in 2008. Following 3 years in the U.S. Army he subsequently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School, and is currently Executive Producer for a documentary covering the 2003 U.S - Chinese collaboration that took down Asia’s biggest heroin cartel. Shannon also works in advertising as a photographer and producer. Past clients include: IBM / Shell Oil / Olay / Microsoft / Swarovski / Malaysia Airlines / Coca Cola / Nestle / U.S. Army / Elle / Cosmopolitan / Harper's Bazaar / The Economist / Esquire

Diánna Martin has been teaching acting for over ten years, having grown up in an entertainment family and been involved in the business primarily as an theatre actor and director for nearly 20 years. Having studied, apprenticed, and then taught for Ernie Martin, her father, she began her own classes for several years when Mr. Martin retired. She has taught at New York Film Academy, Hunter College and has privately coached students when not working on theatrical projects with several theatre companies in NYC. Diánna works with actors to develop a well-rounded technique focusing on scene study, character analysis, monologue study and exercises to help actors to get out of their own way and move forward in their craft.

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Director Statement

The medium of film is the most engaging opportunity to communicate something that can't be said in a single medium -- verbally, musically, visually, or otherwise. While a combination of so many disciplines, it also affords perhaps the most powerful direct line to our most important asset, the human heart.