Nebraska's Calling

Three friends returning from a post-college road trip drive in a comfortable haze until they stop for gas. At the gas station they’re confronted by two men. The women frankly weren’t expecting visitors, and the situation goes from unsettling to worse when the men try to get the women to return to their campsite with them.

This film explores the power dynamic between the sexes, and the uncomfortable position women are put in when men don't consider their presence may make for something more frightening than they mean it to be.

  • Kathryn Ferentchak
    Director
  • Joanna Monfreda
    Writer
  • Joanna Monfreda
    Producer
  • Sarineh Garapetian
    Producer
  • Marcel Toorians
    Producer
  • Sarineh Garapetian
    Key Cast
    "Sandy"
  • Maria Reltien
    Key Cast
    "Margaret"
  • Jill Galbraith
    Key Cast
    "Aly"
  • Erich Jakob
    Key Cast
    "Scott"
  • Ethan Mikael
    Key Cast
    "Fred"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Feminist
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,850 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Kathryn Ferentchak

Raised in Colorado, Kat will always carry the dynamic scenery of the Rocky Mountains with her. She began working on independent films at 16 and from there her passion led her to a film BFA from Syracuse University and into an exciting entertainment industry career. Her directorial debut, OSIRIS, was well received by festivals garnering several awards. Her most recent film, I WISH, received a $40K grant through the State of New York’s CNY Arts Innovation Group and her third short film, Pussy Pussy Bling Bling, was recently awarded finishing funds through Creative Armenia’s Spark Grant. A science fanatic, Kat’s ultimate goal is to colonize Mars.

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Director Statement

Nebraska’s Calling is a short film grounded in genuine experience. Joanna’s script delves into the confusion of intentions, misunderstandings and the line between menace and mistake. In the words of Margaret Atwood, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” This film invites the viewer, woman or man, to exam the dichotomy of intention, power, and perception.