Private Project


It's Penny's first night stripping at an underground club. Will she go all the way? And what happens to her if she doesn't?

  • Craig Ouellette
  • Craig Ouellette
  • Max Solomon
  • Craig Ouellette
  • Yuwi Kim
    Key Cast
  • Jenna Macari
    Key Cast
  • Trevor Roach
    Director Of Photography
  • Rachael Wagner
    Key Make-Up
  • Kevin Flint - Dystopian Studios
    Production Designers
  • Willa Segar-Ried
    Production Designers
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Dances With Films
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    August 28, 2020
    Official Selection, Midnight Shorts
  • New Orleans Horror Film Festival
    New Orleans
    United States
    October 27, 2020
    New Orleans Premiere
    Nominated for Best Special FX Makeup
  • Atlanta Horror Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    October 17, 2020
    Atlanta Premiere
    WINNER Best Horror Short Film
  • Sin City Horror Fest
    Las Vegas, NV
    United States
    October 24, 2020
    Las Vegas Premiere
    WINNER Best Special FX
  • FilmQuest
    Provo, UT
    United States
    May 28, 2021
    Nominee, Best Special FX
  • Grimmfest Easter Weekend of Horror
    United Kingdom
    April 2, 2021
    UK online premiere
  • Hollyshorts Monthly Screening
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Grossman Fantastic Film and Wine Festival
    July 22, 2021
    Eastern European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Indie Horror Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    July 24, 2021
    WINNER Director's Choice Award, NOMINEE Best Actress - Yuwi Kim, NOMINEE Best Special FX, NOMINEE Best Music, NOMINEE Best Sound
  • Portland Horror Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    United States
    July 28, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Chicago Horror Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    September 18, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Craig Ouellette

Craig grew up in Denver, Colorado and Dallas, Texas. He graduated with honors from the University of Iowa. He also studied directing with Judith Weston.

Craig is the writer/director of the independent feature “All The Days Undone” and more than 25 short films, most in the horror, thriller and action genres. They have over 70,000,000 views online, have played numerous festivals and won multiple awards.

He also co-produced the award winning feature “Ball of Wax”. And was director of photography and editor on the feature “I Was A Teenage Wereskunk”, available on Amazon.

When his Mom was diagnosed with Cancer, Craig captured much of her year-long ordeal on video. The resulting feature “The Closer She Gets” was accepted into Slamdance, won best documentary feature at the Zero Film festival and has been used by hospice care professionals to help families cope with their own cancer journeys.

In addition to film, Craig is an avid traveler. He has been to 44 countries, all 50 United States and always finds inspiration in the uniqueness of other places and cultures. He blogs about it at

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Director Statement

When an artist bares all as the lead character Penny Preciou$ does in $TRIP, I think the point is how that act connects to the audience. Does it make them angry, make them sad, turn them on, all three at once? If $TRIP works as I hope, it will take the viewer on a journey that makes them question their own role in the process of what happens to girls like Penny and make them ask “What makes people go as far as they do?”