Gut Punch

Sometimes even unintentional slights pack a powerful punch. In this short film laced with magical realism and empathy, a wife seeks connection but finds her husband preoccupied.

  • Elysia Van Deusen
  • Elysia Van Deusen
  • Javier Bonafont
  • Chiara McCarty
    Key Cast
  • Billy Barkhurst
    Key Cast
  • Mario Mattei
    Director of Photography
  • Kris Afflerbaugh
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    5 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 3, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Elysia Van Deusen

Elysia Van Deusen was shocked by 220 volts of electricity and sent to the ER her first day crewing a film. Undeterred, she returned to set the next day. In the intervening years she has worked on full-fledged studio pictures, micro-budget indies, commercials, documentaries, sales videos, reality TV, and live broadcast news in a wide range of roles. "Gut Punch" is her directorial debut.

An empath and a problem solver, creative but with a respectable spreadsheet habit, Elysia believes that people need stories and art. Ask to read her feature screenplay "Painterly," in which art speaks to a single mom -- literally. Or invite her to collaborate or day-play on your projects. She's always eager to get back on set.

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Director Statement

I believe that art, empathy, and imagination can help people live richer, more connected lives. I'm interested in the way magical realism can expand our understanding of reality.