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Frustrated lovers duel to outwit each other but face life-or-death consequences triggered by suppressed fantasies and unexpressed desires.

  • Elizabeth Yoder
    Ansiedad, Sanvean, Art Imitates
  • Elizabeth Yoder
    Sanvean, The Long Wait, Art Imitates, Ansiedad, Emerging
  • Nick Denicola
    Schmuck Brothers, The Showdown, Art Imitates
  • Left Coast Entertainment
  • @YoderCine
    The Long Wait, Sanvean, Art Imitates
  • Hazel Calderon
    Key Cast
    "Jen, Wife-Monster"
    General Hospital, Blood Bank, Back in the No
  • Garrison Oliver Gross
    Key Cast
    "Jack, Husband-Monster"
    How to Hack Birth Control, Torn from the Headlines: New York Post Reports, People Magazine Investigates
  • Enrique Oseguera
    Key Cast
    The Scheme of Things, Yucca Fest, Bonbonniere, '71
  • Joel Slabo
    Key Cast
    "Monster in the Garden"
    Potatoes, Joys of Pregnancy, What Brings You in
  • Reine Chelsea Cunningham
    Key Cast
  • Fabrice Uzan
    Key Cast
    "Window Washer"
  • Hank Moen Fisher
    Key Cast
    "Hardware Store Employee 1"
  • Donald Bowen
    Key Cast
    "Hardware Store Employee 2"
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
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Director Biography - Elizabeth Yoder

Recipient of 25 awards including Excellence in Directing, Storytelling Achievement and Critics Choice, my career spans 30+ years in independent film making, television commercials, and new media. I’m a collaborative Director and team builder with a decisive, creative problem-solving approach to inclusive leadership. While leading local and international teams, I've created with high-level executives and celebrities alike and maintained impeccable professionalism and confidentiality. Growing up in the industry, my previous roles now inform my choices as a Director. They include producer, editor, writer, actor, hair, makeup artistic team member, and platform educator. As a former farm girl, I learned the value of rolling up my sleeves and pitching in until the job is complete.

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Director Statement

SURPRISE is a female-led film: director, writer, producer, and editor, and was produced during the pandemic to keep our minds engaged, our creativity ignited, and to have some fun while uncertainty was affecting all our lives. It's a horror/monster story (not meant to take itself too seriously) about the deadly consequences triggered by living with unexpressed desires and unfulfilled dreams. We hope you enjoy our film with as much fun as we had to make it.