Experiencing Interruptions?


In early 90s Los Angeles, a young woman named Isabel claims to have teleported from the past. Authorities remain skeptical of her narrative and later whisk her off to a mental asylum where she confronts her primary doctor, Dr. Phares. While Phares's preliminary diagnosis matches up with the police's speculation, he soon becomes convinced that the enigmatic "Isabel" might have been telling the truth throughout her time in the asylum. As Phares stumbles upon a clue from a mysterious letter along with Isabel's other belongings, a shocking discovery about Isabel's disappearance spurs him to take the case into his own hands.  

  • Jacky Song
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Jordan Dotson
  • Zack Zhang
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Jacky Song
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Katie Anne Moy
    I Still Believe, Jacqueline
  • Jacky Song
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Jackson Casimiro
  • Tom Wade
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Phares"
    Law & Order, Keith
  • Autumn Harrison
    Key Cast
    "Isabel Courtney"
  • Jodi Bianca Wise
    Key Cast
    "Dorothy Laurent"
    NCIS, Jenny; The Prestige, Glamorous Assistant
  • Greg Kriek
    Key Cast
    "Francis Laurent"
    Maze Runner, Co-Conductor; Black Mirror 2019, Todd
  • Logan Fulton
    Director of Photography
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Vlad Aksenov
    Production Designer
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Kevin Tan
    Music Composer
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Camiille Liim
    Costume Designer
    13 Reasons Why
  • Mengfang Yang
    Lonely In The Dusk
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Suspense, Drama
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35 : 1
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Loyola Marymount University
  • The 47th Student Academy Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
    United States
Director Biography - Jacky Song

Jacky Song earned his BA in Film Production & Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. He’s also a recent graduate of UCLA’s School of TFT Professional Producing Program and a first-year MBA student at Chapman University with a concentration in Entertainment Management. His most recent film, Incognito, won the Remi Award at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival and was nominated for the 47th Student Academy Awards and the NFFTY Audience Choice Award along with his other projects The Last Silence and Lonely In the Dusk to be screened at the LA Shorts, Dances With Films, Beverly Hills, and Newport Beach Film Festivals. Fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, Jacky infuses each project with his multi-cultural background and is devoted to using the power of film to connect disparate cultures by bringing untold, authentic stories to international audiences.

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Director Statement

As a boy growing up in China, I was obsessed with strange tales and mysterious bedtime stories. Especially those paranormal mysteries which left the reader with as many questions as answers. My father, a mathematics teacher, encouraged me to focus on science, astronomology specifically. As a scientist, he believed that any phenomenon could be explained through the acquisition of knowledge. In his mind, if I didn’t know the answer to a question, I simply hadn’t read enough books. However, the older I got, the more convinced I became that not everything could be easily explained, and sometimes we have to use our imagination to quiet our fervent “need to know.”

Several years ago, my own imagination shifted into high gear when I discovered an anthology entitled World’s Unsolved Mysteries. Inside was the story of Sergey Ponomarenko, a Russian man who claimed he teleported from the past. I soon found similar stories of time travelers who had been transported unwittingly into the future. Even strangers were those stories in which the time-traveler could provide circumstantial evidence that they were from the past. In rare cases, the psychiatrist working the case was provided with photographic evidence. After my first round of research, I wanted to make a film using this subject matter.

I shared the concept with my usual collaborators, and their enthusiasm encouraged me to begin working on the first draft. After two drafts, I began to think I’d made a mistake. Where was the momentum? What exactly was the conflict? I knew the film couldn’t survive on spectacle alone. It was only when I began to investigate the moral differences between the past and the future that my narrative came into focus, and the romance began to form. This romance would reflect both eras the film took place in. In the 1950s, it would be forbidden, in 1995, it would be accepted, yet judged.

I wanted to externalize what happens to those individuals who feel their society won’t allow them to be themselves, and love who they want. They find ways to cope, and in some cases, the space-time continuum assists them. In this way, I’ve attempted to explain the unexplainable through the overwhelming emotions of my characters. If our feelings are strong enough, we can change lives. Perhaps we cannot alter time and space, but we can alter perceptions, and that’s what Incognito, and all my films aspire to achieve.