Interitus Adfectus

A graduate student cultivates a new species of mushroom that overtakes her apartment and sanity.

Interitus Adfectus is that which destroys you from within. It's the unrealized dream that becomes a fear which rots and festers until the dreamer is a husk.

Mary's mushrooms will take you on a journey to uncomfortable places. Or, at the very least, gross you out.

  • Ella Clover
  • Joey Povinelli
  • Joey Povinelli
  • Ella Clover
  • Joey Povinelli
  • Conor Dowling
  • Charlie Munn
  • Ella Clover
    Key Cast
  • Julia Lopriore
    Key Cast
  • Alex Lizotte
    Key Cast
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    Horror, SciFi, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 59 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Ella Clover, Joey Povinelli

Ella Clover is an actress/director/producer currently residing in Los Angeles.

While studying acting at Marymount Manhattan College, she started attending midnight screenings and immersive theatre productions, which inspired her to create work for herself as an actress.

With Joey Povinelli, she founded jpeg Productions - a production company interested in the bizarre and anachronistic.

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Ella is inspired by nature - uncomfortable weather, stars from a million years ago, the harmony and chaos of it all. Most of her time is spent pondering the incomprehensible nature of what it means to be here. Art is our sacred opportunity to communicate and empathize.

In addition to her film and TV acting work, Ella has produced for multiple high profile acts. Most recently, she went on tour of the UK with Revenge Wife in support of Kate Nash. Her producing work has been featured in Rolling Stone, i-D Magazine, and Paper Mag.

She is committed to learning more about herself and others through the arts.


Joey Povinelli is a writer/director who was born the son of a knife sharpener in Cave Creek, Arizona.

He is the co-founder of jpeg Productions, a company that produces theatre like Watching Paint Dry which debuted at The Bootleg Theater; and a variety of short films, including the public access airing, "Delos Reyes," in which he also stars.

In addition to his work with jpeg, Joey has collaborated with other filmmakers to create award-winning short films. He recently co-wrote "The Wrong God" with Conor Dowling, which was selected by Straight 8 film festival, as well as co-writing Sarah Ritter's "Hyde". He is currently pitching his feature comedy script, "Modern Art".

Joey is a contributor to The Luna Collective magazine, where he writes about psychedelic rock and takes concert photos on 35mm film.

Through his work, Joey seeks to portray uncompromising emotions with gorgeous aesthetics.

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Director Statement

The unspoken glue to horror is empathy. It may lie with a traumatized mother or even a masked maniac killing unruly teenagers. Outside of the carnage, is your personal dread or satisfaction at witnessing extreme events. Interitus Adfectus is about a girl who chose a checklist of academics over her hidden desire. This denial of her true self eventually destroys her.

We believe this message is universal and that everyone reading right now has undisputed brilliance in their soul. With this project, we hope to awaken the next great chef, or dancer, or butcher, or mechanic, or whatever dream has gnawed at you and never went away.

This project was adapted from our episode of The Hidden Station Podcast by the same title. The short film was made possible by crowdfunding. We hope to keep making movies with our friends forever.