Private Project

For Roger

After receiving word of his partner Clara’s passing, Roger travels to the desolate family cabin where they would often vacation together. As he pours over the home videos recorded during their trips, Roger begins to realize that someone has been watching them from the woods for years.

  • Michael Andrusiewicz
    Key Cast
    "Roger"
  • Jenna Gibilisco
    Key Cast
    "Clara"
  • Nicholas Paparo
    Key Cast
    "The Watcher"
  • Russell Ranere
    Key Cast
    "Clara's Dad"
  • Aaron Bartuska
    Director
  • Aaron Bartuska
    Writer
  • Gwyn Cutler
    Writer
  • Derek Pinchot
    Writer
  • David Sholom
    Producer
  • Gwyn Cutler
    Editor
  • Joshua Peffley
    Director of Photography
  • Gwyn Cutler
    Production Designer
  • Sarah Drepaul
    Production Designer
  • Will Dinola
    Score
  • Nicholas Edinger
    Stunts
  • Drew Ferraro
    Stunts
  • Jonah Shortall
    Stunts
  • Nicholas Edinger
    Production Supervisor
  • Sarah Drepaul
    Art Director
  • Gwyn Cutler
    Set Decorator
  • Joshua Peffley
    Camera Operator
  • Kristen Troise
    Camera First Assistant
  • Marjorie Shaw
    Camera Second Assistant
  • Jonah Shortall
    Camera Second Assistant
  • Cameron DeStefano
    Camera Production Assistant
  • Drew Ferraro
    Still/BTS Photographer
  • Bobby Decker
    Gaffer
  • Matthew Herzog
    Key Grip
  • Jeffrey Paulukinas
    Sound Mixer/Boom Operator
  • Derek Pinchot
    Script Supervisor
  • Carly Jennion
    Key Production Assistant
  • Kelly Jaccarino
    Production Assistants
  • Ashley Ranere
    Production Assistants
  • Sarah Drepaul
    Makeup Department Head
  • Gwyn Cutler
    Makeup Artist
  • Ashley Ranere
    Costume Designer
  • Jenna Gibilisco
    Key Hair
  • Ashley Ranere
    Locations Manager
  • Russell Ranere
    Locations Manager
  • Joshua Peffley
    Craft Services
  • Brian Peffley
    Catering
  • Nicholas Edinger
    Post Production Supervisor
  • Jonah Shortall
    Assistant Editor
  • Nicholas Edinger
    Supervising Sound Editor
  • Jeffrey Paulukinas
    ADR Editor
  • Jeffrey Paulukinas
    Re-recording Mixer
  • Aaron Bartuska
    Colorist
  • Derek Pinchot
    Colorist
  • David Deneen
    Practical Effects Consultant
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Student
  • Genres:
    Horror
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Drexel University
  • Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    October 2, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    Greensboro, NC
    United States
    October 2, 2021
    Honorable Mention
  • Highlands Horror Film Festival
    Highlands, NJ
    United States
    October 8, 2021
    "Jersey Night" Premiere
    Official Selection; Best Debut Feature Film
  • Grimmfest
    Manchester, England
    United Kingdom
    October 14, 2021
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection; Special Mention for Creative Achievement
  • Sleepy Hollow Film Festival
    Sleepy Hollow, NY
    United States
    October 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • New York Long Island Film Festival
    Long Island, NY
    United States
    October 21, 2021
    Official Selection; Best Cinematography - Feature (Winner); Best Sound and Lighting - Feature (Winner); Best F/X - Feature (Winner); Best Feature (Nominee); Best Feature - Drama/Horror (Nominee)
  • Thrills and Chills Film Awards
    Virtual
    October 31, 2021
    Official Selection; Best Costume/Production Design (Nominee); Best Sound Design (Nominee); Best Producer (Nominee); Best First Time Director (Nominee); Best Villain (Nominee)
  • The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest
    Virtual
    November 10, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • Videodrunk Film Festival
    Whitby, Ontario
    Canada
    November 18, 2021
    Official Selection; Feature Film Prize - Winner
  • Shockfest Film Festival
    Virtual
    United States
    December 10, 2021
    Official Selection; Silver Bullet Virtual Screening
  • Monmouth Film Festival
    Monmouth, New Jersey
    United States
    December 17, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Aaron Bartuska

Aaron Bartuska is a 23-year-old filmmaker and graduate of Drexel University's film program. He has been making short horror films since he was in sixth grade, when his parents finally let him watch 'Halloween' and 'The Exorcist.' Since then, he has made multiple short films and a low-budget 2017 hang-out movie, Epilogue, funded by a grant received on behalf of Drexel University's STAR Scholars Program. His debut feature, 'For Roger,' was made with a slightly higher budget and a much larger crew, and is currently looking for distribution. While his dream has always been directing, Aaron also hopes to begin producing and funding the projects of his peers in the near future.

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Director Statement

'For Roger' is a horror/drama set in the early aughts that mixes elements of found footage and '80's slashers to deliver a unique horror experience. With $4,000 and the help of nearly thirty Drexel students, we set out to make a film that implements familiar genre tactics to convey the confusion, desperation and isolation felt within a toxic relationship. The various home videos seen in the film, shot on real MiniDV tape, are comprised of improvised conversations between first-time actors Michael Andrusiewicz (Roger) and Jenna Gibilisco (Clara) that reveal the life stories of each character. The over-arching narrative takes place in Roger's vacation home, a desolate cabin that becomes a lot less comfortable when he realizes someone could be watching from outside.

This film is a labor of love, shot over the course of four weekends from July 2019 to February 2020. The cast and crew all stayed in the cabin during production, leading to some of the best memories and conversations I've had in my entire life. All efforts went toward maintaining a safe and professional set at all times, while allowing enough free time to ensure everyone enjoyed their time working on the film. Though the pandemic set us back a bit, as it did most people, we were still committed to working remotely to finalize our vision. We have no studio backing, just our own determination to get our hard work seen. We are all very proud of the finished product, but personally I am most proud to have had the opportunity to make a movie with the people in my life I care about the most. We hope you enjoy our film 'For Roger.'