Experiencing Interruptions?


Melody is a young adult, struggling with her mental health. She comes to a place where she feels like she's going to end it all, but finds herself in a void of her own creation. Here she encounters another version of herself. Shadow, the embodiment of all her self-destructive tendencies. As they dance, Shadow’s destruction seeps into Melody, and her inner demons emerge. But Melody fights against the darkness and is able to accept herself entirely.

  • Brea Ingram
    Not Pictured, Wake Word
  • Molly Bocim
    Wake Word
  • Kristine Bachicha
    Key Cast
  • Cassie Eron
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Bishop
    Key Cast
    "Figure #1"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dance, Mental Health, Art, Experimental, Psychological
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Colorado Denver
Director Biography - Brea Ingram

Brea Ingram started college at Auburn University as a broadcast journalism major, and it wasn’t until she produced a no-budget short film sophomore year that she realized her true passion was in writing for the screen. Since transferring to University of Colorado Denver she has directed several short films including [Not Pictured] in partnership with Whistling Woods International in Mumbai, which was selected for multiple festivals internationally. Recently her short script Phobos has placed in several script competitions. She has taken workshops with writers Maggie Stiefvater and Emily Andras, and worked in media operations at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2020 Lausanne Youth Olympics.

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Director Statement

Midnight is a short experimental dance film that deals with the struggles of mental health and fighting off your inner demons and insecurities. This script spent many years in development and went through many style changes, from music video to dialogue-heavy drama, to the dance-based film finally produced. Director, Brea Ingram, danced for nearly a decade growing up and has a lot of love for the work and artistry in the medium. For a dialogue-free film, dance was the perfect way to convey the complex emotions and constant struggle of the main character. Working with a choreographer in the early stages of a film, and a composer in final stages, shaped the initial idea into a collaborative project that captured the film’s message of conflict and triumph. It is our hopes that audiences will connect with Midnight, regardless of their own struggles, and will be inspired to break away from their own Shadows.