Father Time

Casey and her father share a love for science fiction; a love for time travel in particular. Her father is a scientist and engineer after all. After his untimely death, Casey decides to follow in his footsteps and try to build a time machine to reverse history and save her loving father's life. Unfortunately, it does not go quite as planned.

  • Steven Jared Mangurten
  • Steven Jared Mangurten
  • Laze Huang
  • Nemi Brooks
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Randolph
    Key Cast
  • Steven Jared Mangurten
  • Zane Stein
    Production Designer
  • Patrick Devaney
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Other
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 39 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - American Film Institute
Director Biography - Steven Jared Mangurten

Born and raised in Chicago, Steve moved out to LA after high school to pursue a career in film and subsequently graduated from Columbia College Hollywood with a BFA in film production and later the AFI Conservatory where he earned his MFA in cinematography. He spent the last decade working as a cinematographer shooting various projects including feature films, branded content, documentaries, and short films. His most recently released feature film, RING RING (starring Lou Ferrigno, Malcolm Goodwin, Kirby Bliss Blanton), completely a limited theatrical run and is currently available on Amazon Prime along with his earlier film, PAINT IT RED (starring Martin Kove, Sally Kirkland, Cassie Steele, Jack McGee). He also shot the feature documentary A FATHERLESS GENERATION which screened at multiple international film festivals. His third feature film, FOR THE HITS, is currently enjoying success on a strong festival run and will be released later this year.

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Director Statement

I was interested in trying to capture the idea of loneliness and isolation on camera and to juxtapose it with a sense of love and human connection to see how the conflicting themes would play off each other. I really wanted to explore conveying a wild emotional arc that takes a character through excitement, joy, mystery, depression, loneliness, and isolation purely visually. I wanted to achieve that through composition as well as lighting and color. I also wanted to try to create and combine multiple time periods and visual styles. The most personal themes are also the most universal. Everyone has felt love and loss. Everyone has wanted something so badly but just couldn't have it. Everyone has felt lonely or isolated at some point in their lives. While the plot might not be a common experience, the story certainly is.