Resurgent

A mercenary (John) must painstakingly recall the memory of a botched mission in which he led his fellow soldier (Max) into battle while ignoring all intel that deemed the operation unsafe. When approached by his eye-in-the- sky Jessie, John must reconsider his culpability and bring himself back into the battlefield.

  • Loren Herbert
    Director
  • Kevin Bui
    Writer
  • Loren Herbert
    Writer
  • Alen Pljesa
    Producer
  • Brian Bell
    Producer
  • Wolfgang Weber
    Key Cast
  • Ashley Diane Currie
    Key Cast
  • Jeff Schine
    Key Cast
  • Nina Rausch
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 16, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    65,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Loren Herbert

Loren Herbert was born and raised in New York City. HIs love for action films started at an early age when his father brought home True Lies and Die Hard for them to watch together when Loren was just 6 years old. Although Loren didn’t pick up a camera till he was 17, he was always enthralled with film, coming up with his first treatment at age 8 which centered around Batman and Robin rescuing Arielle from the little mermaid. Needless to say, he was a creative kid.
After attending two summers at the Oxford Media School, Loren was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for film production, graduating with his first action movie in hand. Operative — Loren’s undergraduate thesis film — depicted a sensei protecting his student’s family for a home invasion, satirizing the martial arts action sub-genre of the 80s and early 90s. The film went on to be nominated for Best Short Film - Drama at the Central Florida Film Festival.
Before attending the American Film Institute, Loren worked as a production assistant on major motion pictures such as Sherlock Holmes, Cop Out, and Winters Tale. He also served as an assistant to Director James Toback on the mocumentary Seduced and Abandoned. Inspired by Wes Craven and John Carpenter, Loren is currently writing his first feature — a horror film — but continues to draw inspiration action greats such as James Cameron, Michael Bay, and John Woo.

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Director Statement

My fascination with action films started at an early age when my father – an elderly gentleman now who had me at 59 – brought home True Lies for us to watch on Lasderdisc, foregoing the standard films a 6 year old should be exposed to like Aladdin and the Little Mermaid.
The tradition of my young self and my father watching action films together — which became our bonding time — was one that brings back the best memories of a blissful childhood. Whether it was Terminator 2, Die Hard, or one of the several Van Damme flicks, my love for the action genre began to take form over the several viewings in our country house basement. A projector screen would descend from the ceiling, the light would flicker, and I was immersed in a full fledged world of explosions and white-knuckle adeventure. I wanted to stay in that basement room forever.
As my teenage years carried on — through a fairly peculiar and painful high school period — I realized the things I held most dear in my heart were my father, my friends, and the joy of escapism. Around this time, buddy action films started to take hold in my life, with films such as Lethal Weapon and Tango and Cash coming into my top tier of films; simply enough, I was just obssessed with the 80s, and the action films it spawned.
However, when I ventured into adulthood, and the years after college, I began to explore the themes behind my own life; my fear of losing my father, now in his 80s, and the dependence I had on earlier established friendships. Investigating my inner demons, I found that losing someone you love and the rarity of true friendships were also themes that ran through Lethal Weapon and other buddy-cop action films. So, I decided to try making one of my own. Resurgent is the child of that attempt.