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Set in the backdrop of a rotting 19th-century world, a mother's worst nightmare comes to life as her daughter falls into the clutches of Pestilence.

  • Christopher Riggs
  • Christopher Riggs
  • Joana Gomez
    Liminal, The Twisted Three, Tipsy Talk, Thicker Than Water, Dogmen
  • Monique Salas
    Key Cast
    The Twisted Three, Plucked Early
  • Christopher Riggs
    Director of Photography
    Liminal, Wasteland, Death of a Family, Accountability, Not Pictured, On Strange Soil, Shitbag, The Twisted Three, Thicker than Water
  • Project Type:
    Student, Short Script
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Horror
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Writer Biography - Christopher Riggs

Christopher Riggs is an award-winning filmmaker with an Associate of Applied Science in video production currently finishing his Bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado Denver. He is currently the lead editor at Traverse Image crafting together the story behind the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments for the feature documentary On Strange Soil. Riggs has cut his teeth with skills as an editor and cinematographer for over four years professionally working with multiple commercial based projects, short films, features, and documentaries. The cinema has always inspired Riggs and its profound ability to create stories that reach and affect the human condition in ways that can challenge the world to be better. Films encompass the bonds that tie us all together through culture, art, religion, nature, and the values that manifest themselves through lifestyles passed onto future generations.

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Writer Statement

Pestilent envisions the style of an expressionistic 1920s silent film, following the story of Jade as her daughter, Emma, becomes ill. She must confront not only the fear of losing Emma but the guilt she feels in her failure to protect the one thing that brings her joy. As Emma's sickness worsens, Jade must face the idea of control and the insecurity of what life may bring from that loss.