I Walk With Ghosts

In this short poetic film, a man follows ghosts, witnessing the subtle beauty of their journeys and their desires. Through his wanderings with them, he comes to realize what they're looking for in their brief, inexplicable lives -- as the physical and supernatural worlds collide.

  • Grant Clover
    Director
    Anonymous
  • Michael Metzler Jr.
    Director
    Simon Says, Anonymous, Sometimes I Feel Sad
  • Grant Clover
    Writer
    Anonymous
  • Grant Clover
    Producer
    Anonymous
  • Michael Metzler Jr.
    Producer
    Simon Says, Anonymous, Sometimes I Feel Sad
  • Jimmy Thornton
    Key Cast
    "Man"
  • Ava Mae Seidensticker
    Key Cast
    "Girl"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    950 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • IndieFEST Film Festival
    La Jolla
    United States
    September 1, 2023
    Award of Merit for Film Short & Award of Merit for Dramatic Impact
  • Cannes World Film Festival
    Cannes
    France
    September 27, 2023
    Nominated for Best Young Filmmaker, Finalist for Best Indie Short
  • Reale Film Festival
    Milano
    Italy
    November 10, 2023
    Best Film
  • Golden Lion International Film Festival
    West Bengal
    India
    August 20, 2023
    Best International Short Film
  • Monza Film Fest
    Lombardia
    Italy
    August 30, 2023
    Italian Premiere
    Best Actor
  • Uruvatti International Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    August 28, 2023
    Best International Short Film, Best Producer, & Best Cinematography
  • The Bay International Film Festival
    Morecambe
    United Kingdom
    October 7, 2023
    European Premiere
    Semi-Finalist
  • IndieX Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 30, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Indie Short Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 30, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Golden Sparrow International Film Festival
    Sirkali
    India
    September 17, 2023
    Best International Short Film
  • Paradise Film Festival
    Budapest
    Hungary
    September 3, 2023
    Hungary Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 14, 2023
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Thilsri International Film Festival
    Karaikudi
    India
    August 18, 2023
    Best International Short Film
  • Navy International Film Festival
    Perai
    Malaysia
    August 23, 2023
    Malaysian Premiere
    Best US Short Film
  • Athvikvaruni International Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    August 22, 2023
    Outstanding Achievement Award for Best International Short Film
  • Santa Dev International Film Festival
    Thenkarai
    India
    August 18, 2023
    Best US Short Film
  • Rohip International FIlm Festival
    Chennai
    India
    August 17, 2023
    Special Jury Award for Best US Short Film
  • Sittannavasal International Film Festival
    Tamil Nadu
    India
    August 23, 2023
    Best US Short Film
  • Taj Mahal International Film Festival

    India
    August 30, 2023
    Best International Short Film
  • Makizhmithran International Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    September 7, 2023
    Best International Short Film, Best Writer, & Best Child Actress
  • Nitiin International Film Festival
    BUKIT MERTAJAM
    Malaysia
    September 7, 2023
    Best US Short Film, Best Writer, & Best Poster
  • Madras Independent Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    September 4, 2023
    Semi-Finalist
  • Los Angeles Cinematography Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 15, 2023
    Semi-Finalist
  • Iconic Images Film Festival

    September 20, 2023
    Semi-Finalist for Best Creative Scenario, Official Selection for Best Short Film
  • San Diego Movie Awards
    San Diego
    United States
    September 22, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Youngstown Film Festival
    Youngstown
    United States
    October 21, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kollywood International Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    September 11, 2023
    Best International Short Film
  • Cinema World Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 30, 2023
    Official Selection
  • iDeal International Film Festival
    Sillod
    India
    October 8, 2023
    Nomination
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    October 8, 2023
    Nomination
  • France USA International Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    November 4, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Macaw International Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    September 3, 2023
    Best US Short Film, Best Director, Best Original Score, & Best Cinematography
  • Dubai Film Awards
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    September 3, 2023
    United Arab Emirates Premiere
    Best US Short Film & Best Writing
  • Keezhadi International Film Festival

    September 15, 2023
    Best US Short Film, Best Director, & Best Cinematography
  • Kino Film Festival

    Canada
    August 30, 2023
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Grant Clover, Michael Metzler Jr.

Grant and Michael are aspiring filmmakers located in San Diego. They watch way too many movies and find way too much beauty in everyday things. Storytelling is a central part of both of their lives, and they find it difficult to remain bound to the restrictions of reality as their imaginations are quite unruly. Michael is an award-winning filmmaker and the director of six short films. Grant is an award-winning writer and the author of two books and hundreds of poems. They have both been making films since they were wee little lads.

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Director Statement

With practically no budget, no film crew, no fancy lights, and no expensive cameras, it wouldn't be too far off to say that we made I Walk With Ghosts with our own bare hands. It's a film about simplicity, and we used minimalism to our advantage. The film speaks to everyday human experiences through the medium of ghosts; they are creatures of longing and loneliness. Through the journey that The Man sets off on, he discovers a very simple beauty in the ephemeral lives of these ghosts. They long for the same thing that humans do, except they are even more unseen, more invisible to the human eye. But The Man sees them. He realizes their plight, observes it carefully, and comes to the epiphany that... they want to be known. As we all do. This film tells a universally relatable tale of wanting to be known, wanting your story to be told, to be felt, to be watched. So, that's what we did. We told the story.

Grant Clover: grant.clover@yahoo.com
Michael Metzler Jr.: metzlerwritingpress@gmail.com