Katrina, a naive young woman, travels to the home of Phil, her mentor/father figure, to kill him before he can divulge incriminating information to the police. However, Katrina hesitates to pull the trigger before Phil notices her, resulting in an existential confrontation that forces Phil to come to terms with his own death and Katrina to take responsibility for her actions and confront the faults in her worldview.

  • Hayden Rhodes
  • Hayden Rhodes
  • Julia Kennedy Hunt
    No Need to Worry, Brenda
  • Guinevere Govea
    Key Cast
    Summa Culpa Laude
  • Amado DeHoyos
    Key Cast
  • Hayden Rhodes
    Director of Photography
  • Estela Riera-Vales
    Production Designer
  • Luke Landreth
  • Duncan Cook
    Get Hired, Midnight Lobbies, How to Take Care of a Plant
  • Santiago Pacheco
    Assistant Director
  • Agustin Rodriguez
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Hayden Swanson
    2nd Assistant Camera
  • Ashley Do
  • Noah Brummett
  • Adrian Pitts
  • Sophia Rossetti
  • Lauren Ferro
    Production Sound Mixer
  • Logan Kelly
    Boom Operator
  • Samantha Hussey
    Makeup Artist
  • Whitney Williams
    Script Supervisor
  • Olivia Carter
    Production Assistant
  • Samantha Hussey
    Special Effects
  • Issayana Gavino
  • Abby Pryor
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 9, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Texas at Austin
  • Munich New Wave Short Film Festival
    February 3, 2023
    Best Drama
  • Texas Union Film Festival
    Austin, TX
    United States
    February 23, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Achievement in Cinematography
Director Biography - Hayden Rhodes

Born in 2001 and raised in Wylie, Texas, Hayden Rhodes is a photographer and cinematographer of narrative short films
and documentaries. He's been enthralled by visual storytelling ever since his mom and grandmother took him to see The
Polar Express at the age of 3. Through film, he seeks to explore the moral consequences of violence and its relationship to
humanity. HIT is his directorial debut.

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Director Statement

I wrote HIT shortly after one of my friends passed away in a car accident. In the days after I received that heartbreaking news, I couldn’t stop wondering if it was instantaneous or if she knew she was dying and had enough time to make peace with that. I wrote HIT as a means to explore what it feels like to confront such an inevitable force as death and what the process of coming to terms with one’s own death might look like and the existential horrors that come with it; how your death affects those around you, and what happens to your psyche after you die.
There is surprisingly little nuance to how death and violence are depicted in media. Exceptions like Michael Haneke’s Funny Games are difficult to come by. For a long time, I have been greatly concerned with the moral and spiritual consequences of violence. As important as Phil’s process of acceptance is, the toll the act of murder takes on Katrina’s psyche in the moments leading up to it and the moments following is equally if not more important. Audiences take film and television violence for granted, and it’s important to shock that state of mind with a grim reminder of the spiritual implications that violence holds.