Peripherals

Jessica doesn't know if the monster is in the house or in her head. Isolated from the outside world due to her own selfish behaviour, Jessica tries to get an answer from the last people who will talk to her – her therapist and her ex-girlfriend Emily. Threatened by the ominous presence, Jessica is determined to find out whether the monster she sees in her peripheral vision is real or only a manifestation of her own dark imagination.

  • Erin Lee Brown
    Director
    Living in Flow
  • Erin Lee Brown
    Writer
    Living in Flow
  • Blossom Mendoza
    Producer
    Dear Dad, F*@# You!, Maid
  • Erin Lee Brown
    Producer
    Living in Flow
  • Britney Marie Canzi
    Producer
    The Mask of Leia, Presents, Creepy Crawling
  • Niamh Wilson
    Key Cast
    "Jessica"
    Saw III, Maps to the Stars, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
  • Ivy Abbott-Charles
    Key Cast
    "Emily/Monster"
    Chapelwaite, The Alaska Triangle
  • Britney Marie Canzi
    Key Cast
    "Dr. LeBlanc"
    The Mask of Leia, Presents, Creepy Crawling
  • Devon Pennick-Reilly
    Director of Photography
    Surface Tension, Broken, Take Out
  • Brendon Wilson
    Editor / Colourist
    Surface Tension, 12 Dogs Drive (The Run Home), Le Sens du Punch
  • Josh Owen
    Location Sound
    Billy’s Behemoth Blast
  • Jordan Beck Crouse
    Post Sound
    Sleeping With the Fishes, Mob Mentality, From
  • Adam Yorke
    Executive Producer
    See for Me, Bunker Burger
  • Blossom Mendoza
    Assistant Director
    Dear Dad, F*@# You!, Maid
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 14, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,986 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Erin Lee Brown

Erin Lee Brown is a queer Canadian female filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Erin’s career in film and theatre began at eight-years old when she started acting in local productions. Since then, she has attended the University of Birmingham UK for film and media, the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for screenwriting, and worked on film projects as a writer, assistant director, associate producer, researcher and production assistant.

In 2021, she was the lead writer and researcher on the six-episode doc-series Living in Flow, funded by Telus Fund and distributed by Vice Media.

Most recently, Erin wrote, directed and produced her original short film Peripherals. A horror-thriller about a woman paranoid that the figure she can only see in her peripheral vision is real. Peripherals is proudly a majority woman-identifying project as the director, screenwriter, producers, director of photography and cast were all women.

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Director Statement

"Peripherals" was a story born out of isolation – physically and emotionally. But the production was defined by inclusivity.

I began writing the script in April 2020, we shot the short in one-day in July 2021 with a small budget, and we finished the final edit in January 2022. When we went to shoot, I was proud we had created a majority woman-identifying cast and crew. "Peripherals" is my first short film as a director, screenwriter, and producer, but it was also the first time I was on a film set with a woman producer, woman director of photography, and all women cast. Because this film features a queer love story between two women, I wanted to make sure we had a crew that could come together and give life to this story with great care.

I'm proud our short film had both gender and racial diversity on-set. From our amazing Director of Photography, Devon Pennick-Reilly (she/her), to our superstar producers Blossom Mendoza (she/her) and Britney Marie Canzi (she/they), all demonstrating top skill in traditionally male-dominated positions. Our production also would not have been as successful without our stellar cast of three amazing woman-identifying actors: Niamh Wilson (any/all pronouns), Ivy Abbott-Charles (she/her), and Britney Marie Canzi. All members of the cast and crew worked hard to bring this script to life and I am delighted to present to you our short film.

I hope to have "Peripherals" exhibited in film festivals to showcase their talents, and to continue to display the talents of a diverse film industry.