Karma's Shadow

LOGLINE: Titanic forces clash in an epic Take-all battle for control of illicit trade in New York City.

"Karma's Shadow is really fu#%ing good!!!"
—SEBASTIAN TWARDOSZ, Professor @ USC Cinema, Partner @ Circus Road Films, Host of THE INSIDERS on YouTube

Won *BEST FILM* and *BEST DIRECTOR*, world premiering at the 13th Tupelo Film Festival, April 16th, 2016.

Iowa premiere with 3 screenings held at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (JDIFF) in Dubuque, IA, April 21 - 23, 2016. Only 22 short-films from over 400 entries were selected. JDIFF was voted one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine; JDIFF in 2016 awarded over $40,000 in cash prizes.

THE STORY
John "JW" Walker (played by R. Keith Harris) serves a tour in Vietnam, forging what will be lifelong bonds with fellow US soldier, Billy Preston (played by Michael Rosander). Here too he discovers both love and tragedy: the beautiful, young Vietnamese woman, Lan, filled his dreams, and her young son, Vu, lifted the weight of war from his shoulders. But when a mortar blast removes JW from the fight, he is forced to leave both behind to a cruel fate.

Years pass. It is 1982, and the now 'Agent' John Walker chances upon the trail of a master criminal recently arrived in New York's Vietnamese community. Vu, having been raised as a son by the ruthless gangster, Tien, has come to settle business. John and Vu, once nearly father and son, cross paths and bring the past full circle to the present, just as titanic forces, criminal and governmental, foreign and domestic, clash in an epic take-all battle for control of illicit trade in New York City.

  • Rob Underhill
    Director
  • Allen Gies
    Writer
  • Shawn Nguyen
    Writer
  • Rob Underhill
    Producer
  • Aravind Ragupathi
    Producer
  • Shawn Nguyen
    Producer
  • R. Keith Harris
    Key Cast
    Walking Dead, A Walk in the Woods, Big Fish
  • Michael Rosander
    Key Cast
    Adrenalin
  • Logan Curtis
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Action
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    24,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Foothills Film Festival
    Shelby, North Carolina
    United States
    March 6, 2021
    BEST DRAMA & CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION
  • 13th Tupelo Film Festival
    Tupelo, Mississippi
    United States
    April 16, 2016
    World Premiere
    BEST FILM & BEST DIRECTOR
  • The Best Film Fest

    United States
    May 13, 2017
    BEST ACTION SHORT FILM
  • AM Egypt Film Festival
    Cairo
    Egypt
    August 28, 2017
    BEST SHORT FILM
  • Madhouse Movies Film Festival

    United States
    January 23, 2017
    BEST ACTION SHORT FILM
  • Real to Reel International Film Festival
    King's Mountain, North Carolina
    United States
    July 23, 2021
    Winner BEST ACTOR ENSEMBLE
  • 5th Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque, Iowa
    United States
    April 23, 2016
    Iowa Premiere
  • Rivne International Film Festival
    Rivne
    Ukraine
    August 26, 2016
    European Premiere
  • Shortpole London International Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 30, 2016
  • Lancaster International Short Film Festival
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    United States
    October 22, 2016
  • 6th Tryon International Film Festival
    Tryon, North Carolina
    United States
    October 10, 2020
Director Biography - Rob Underhill

ROB UNDERHILL is a film and TV director, producer, writer and editor. His films have been in competition at over 200 film festivals worldwide, including ST. LOUIS and SEATTLE (both *Academy Award-qualifying* film festivals), OAXACA (Mexico), SUNSCREEN (Academy-sponsored) and CANNES (France), have received over 100 awards including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and have scored rave reviews from top film critics like Mark Bell of FILM THREAT and Anne Brodie in CRITICIZE THIS! Featured on the National Public Radio shows, THE STATE OF THINGS with Frank Stasio and THE STORY with Dick Gordon, Rob’s work is regularly subject in newspapers, radio, TV-news and more. His work has received endorsements from major public figures such as US UN Ambassador Andrew Young, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and former North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue. Carolina STYLE Magazine recognized Rob as one of 25 "Most Stylish People" influencing positive change in the Carolinas through his films. He is a RAWards Indie Art Award recipient for Best Regional Filmmaker. He was the featured Speaker at the 2015 graduation commencement exercises for the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His work has aired on the ASPiRE network and other national US and European TV outlets. Visit his website at www.RobUnderhill.com; *like* his Facebook for regular updates at www.facebook.com/RobUnderhillProductions.

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