Experiencing Interruptions?


A young Jack, is trapped in a safe house where his past mistakes continue to haunt him. His boss, Rick, shows up and interrogates him about the events that lead to him killing a man. Rick tells him it was actually a journalist. Jack is distraught but convinced he did everything correctly but sometimes "by the book" doesn't mean you were in the right.

  • Alec Patchin
  • Cameron A Tubbs
    Key Cast
  • Alec Patchin
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Canada
    Director of Photography
  • Alec Patchin
  • Alec Patchin
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama, Crime, Magical Realism
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 25, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Katra Film Series
    New York
    United States
    April 27, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Marina Del Rey Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 8, 2023
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Alec Patchin

Alec Patchin is an actor/director based in NYC. Alec grew up in North Carolina and moved to New York on an overnight bus because he felt like being a walking cliché. Alec is a passionate member of the indie film community in NYC. Recent credits include directing his second short film "The Bargain" as well as a Co-star appearance on "SNL" in a sketch with Please Don't Destroy.

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Director Statement

For my first short film I wanted to explore the idea of fate. Pitting two ideologically opposed forces against each other, Purgatory explores what agency means in the grand scheme of our lives. Are we suffering the consequences of our actions or the consequences of where fate dropped us? Is there anything we could have done differently? Only time will tell, and we don't always have time.