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Far Remote

A forthright, female professor must protect her students against an obsessed colleague who has jeopardized the lives of all in order to seek revenge on a white vampire that murdered her sister many years before.

  • Peter Sham
    Writer
    Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical (book & Lyrics); Killer Kane (adapted with William Peter Blatty), Sherlock Holmes and the Great Royal Goose Chase! (book & lyrics); A Christmas Carol: On the Air (play & lyrics); Frankenstein: On the Air (play & lyrics); Blue Collar Revival (book, music & lyrics); It's A Dog's Life: Man's Best Musical; The Playhouse (screenplay); Hag (screenplay); After the Wizard (screenplay).
  • Peter Sham
    Director
    None
  • SUU TDAA & Richard Schulman
    Producer
    None
  • Hannah McKinnon
    Key Cast
    "Charlotte Buck"
  • Elise Thayn
    Key Cast
    "Anna Hayben"
  • Kendra Pugmire
    Key Cast
    "Mikaela"
  • Geneva Williams
    Key Cast
    "Queenie"
  • Roi LeFevre
    Key Cast
    "Coffey"
  • Finley Caciola
    Key Cast
    "Piper"
  • Lillian VanDaam
    Key Cast
    "Goobs"
  • Emma Jones
    Key Cast
    "Manksy"
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Horror, Pandemic, Vampire, moby dick
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cedar City, UT
    United States
    April 23, 2021
Director Biography - Peter Sham

Peter Sham (writer/director) is an actor, author and educator. Far Remote marks his film debut! Peter is most known as bookwriter/lyricist for Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical which celebrated a successful run on London's West End. He is the author of the musicals Sherlock Holmes and the Great Royal Goose Chase!, Labor of Love: The Blue-Collar Musical, It’s a Dog’s Life: Man’s Best Musical, and Toyland; the plays A Christmas Carol: On The Air, its sequel, Frankenstein: On The Air, Shakespeare’s Moby Dick, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane, written with William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist), from Mr. Blatty’s Golden Globe award-winning Best Screenplay; and the screenplays, The Playhouse, Hag, and After the Wizard. A native of Buffalo, NY, Peter has been a veteran regional and off-Broadway actor for over 35 years, performing at such places as the Asolo Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Perry Street Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Artpark, and others. He now makes his home in Southern Utah, where he's served as an associate professor of theatre at Southern Utah University for the past 15 years. Peter has garnered several awards over that time, including Professor of the Year (twice), Scholar of the Year, and the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Excellence in Education Award.

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Director Statement

I made this film as part of the 2020-21 season for Southern Utah University's Department of Theatre, Dance, & Arts Administration. It was a labor of love for my students. In the most challenging and difficult year of the pandemic, I felt it important that they be a part of something that could rekindle their imaginations and give them hope for a brighter future. But most importantly, I wanted them to have the time of their lives, they deserved it. During the year, while teaching various directing courses, I noticed that the claustrophobic nature of the Zoom platform could be a powerful element in the telling of stories of horror and suspense. And so with a strong handful of extraordinary female actors, and with inspiration from Moby Dick, I began to develop a vision and screenplay for Far Remote, which concerns a study abroad trip that gets hijacked by an obsessed, rogue professor hellbent on getting her revenge on a "white vampire;" and I believe we crush The Bechdel Test, several times over! It was actually cast before a single word was written. The treatment was developed over Christmas break 2020, it was written in 13 days beginning on February 8, began filming on March 15, began post-production on April 16, and premiered for the university and community audiences on Friday, April 23, 2021. Far Remote, to everyone's surprise and delight was a great success. It seemed to strike a nerve; its timeliness and relevance resonated in our community. I believe this was because it's a work that marks this moment in history. A moment the world will never forget. Needless to say, we ALL had the time of our times, so much so that we now desire to tell more stories on film in the future. Therefore, given the academic landscape in which we work, any validation of our work would go a long way towards helping to make that dream a reality. Thank you for watching!