Patient Zero

A university student fakes a disease epidemic on Twitter and engulfs the campus in chaos.

  • Alex Mancuso
  • Julia Walter
  • Cameron Wolfslayer
  • Cassi Waciega
    Director of Photography
  • Jesse Newman
    Assistant Camera
  • Hannah Garfield
    Production Designer
  • Lillian Engel
  • Alex Mancuso
  • Luke Buck
    Sound Designer
  • Carson Brennan
    Sound Recordist
  • Zach Skillings
    Sound Recordist
  • Luke Buck
  • Alex Mancuso
  • Jess Rapfogel
    Graphic Designer
  • Jared Mayerson
    Festival Manager
  • Jared Mayerson
    Title Designer
  • Dominique Hayes
    Key Cast
  • Claire Lord
    Key Cast
    "Professor Ryan"
  • Jackson Campbell
    Key Cast
  • Hayden Palmer
    Key Cast
  • Lee Woodcliffe
    Key Cast
    "Victor's Mom"
  • Michaela Jacobs
    Key Cast
    "Scared Library Student"
  • Grace Morris
    Key Cast
    "Female News Anchor"
  • Brian Rae
    Key Cast
    "Male News Anchor"
  • Brendan Warner
    Key Cast
  • Maya Eaglin
    Key Cast
    "Madeline Vinson"
  • Alexander Hager
    Key Cast
    "Edward Scott"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    750 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Alex Mancuso

Born from an American father and a Japanese mother, Alex Mancuso is always looking to tell a story through visuals. His cinematic appetite has consumed all flavors of cinema from foreign spectacles like Memories of Murder and Metropolis, groundbreaking science-fiction like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Akira, brewing horrors like Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs, and seasoned gems like The Goonies and It’s a Wonderful Life. Mancuso graduated in May 2019 from Elon University in North Carolina double majoring in Cinema/TV Arts and International Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and currently pursues a filmmaking career back in his hometown of Atlanta. Spurred by his international background Mancuso has also traveled across the globe and experienced eating ramen in Japan, hiking Machu Picchu in Peru, riding camels in Morocco, smoking hookah in Jordan, drinking wine in Greece and scuba diving in Mexico. And now he uses all these experiences and more to fuel his storytelling.

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Director Statement

To the viewer(s),

I want to thank you for taking the time to watch an to consider our film, Patient Zero. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.