Private Project


A solitary twenty-something gets the news that her estranged mom is dying. Haunted by their troubled past, she must find the courage to let go of her resentment and call her one last time.

  • Karlos Kuan
  • Karlos Kuan
  • Karlos Kuan
  • Olivia Francis
    Key Cast
  • Annika Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Hiro Ortiz
    Key Cast
    Under The Influence, Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • Yuuki Shimizu
    Director of Photography
    Just Jacob, The Tempest, Cigarettes
  • Ken Misaki
    Production Designers
    The Tempest
  • Tess Tarses
    Production Designers
  • Madeliene Lathrop
    Camera Department
  • Fenn David
    Camera Department
  • Phạm Lê Uyên Nghi
    Camera Department
  • Olivia Graff
    Camera Department
  • Caylie Reily
    Art Department
  • Julianne Cantwell
    Art Department
  • Jon Deckard
    Radio Silence
  • Holly Jorgensen
    Production Audio & Sound Designer
  • Luc Piquette
    Casting Director
  • Ari Young Sang
    Hair & Makeup
  • Avril Niemann
    Script Supervisor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
Director Biography - Karlos Kuan

Karlos Kuan is a comics creator, editor, and aspiring writer-director originally from Manila, Philippines and is now currently based in Los Angeles, California.

Karlos is a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, with a B.F.A in Sequential Art. He also works as the Associate Editor and Head of Social Media for Level Ground Comics, a grassroots comics publisher in Savannah, GA. Karlos is a passionate visual storyteller driven to use his collaborative and creative skills to make narratives that resonates with audiences.

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Director Statement

"Honestly, I was hesitant to make this film at first. Filmmaking was outside my wheelhouse and I've never written something so confrontational. However, sharing the script with friends and seeing how deeply the story touched them showed me that it had to be made. I am so glad I endeavored to create this project and so grateful to share it with the best cast and crew I could have possibly asked for. Specter is a brutally honest story, but I hope it inspires people to hold onto their loved ones closer."