The Anomaly

Noelle Stertzbach, a young and eager Environmental Science graduate student, gets her shot when she is hired by Earthwood Environmental---a government hired research collection company. Tasked with research of an area within a national forest alleged to have strange effects, she is introduced to a new drug that is claimed to be essential to her health while on her assignment. As Noelle studies further, she makes grave mistakes that unfold the true horror within the testing site, as well as reveal her own internal struggles.

  • Blake Kinsey
    Word Association, Knox, Whisper, Gridlock
  • Dawson Bryant
  • Blake Kinsey
    Knox, Whisper
  • Dawson Bryant
    Word Association, Kristof's, Holiday Cheer with Bryan
  • Blake Kinsey
  • Dawson Bryant
    Word Association
  • Hailey Suzanne Smith
    Unhinged, Do The Robot, Pillow Talk, Crave
  • Kate McCosh
    Key Cast
    "Noelle Stertzbach"
    A Streetcar Named Desire (2020), STNJ Acting Apprentice (2019), The Wolves (2019)
  • Jared Draney
    Director of Photography
    Static (2019)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Dragon 6K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Western Carolina University
  • Controlled Chaos Film Festival
    United States
    May 8, 2020
    Western Carolina University
    Best Cinematography
  • Cannes World Film Festival

    Best Student Film - Finalist
  • OTB Film Awards

    Best Student Film - Winner
  • Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Blake Kinsey, Dawson Bryant

Blake Kinsey & Dawson Bryant are two friends and collaborating filmmakers hailing from the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. As both share healthy obsessions with music & movies, they have put their skills to the test this year--taking new precautions and altering the filmmaking process to work in a pandemic. Combining a love for the outdoors and a desire to reach new heights in their filmmaking careers, Blake Kinsey and Dawson Bryant are working to finalize their brain child---The Anomaly.

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Director Statement

We strive to make art during the toughest times in the world, such as a pandemic, to prove to ourselves and to the world that art and self expression are some of the most important aspects of American society and should be something to strive for.

The Anomaly contains metaphors for the opioid crisis. Noelle takes an ominous drug because she thinks it can help her. In turn, she ends up becoming addicted, only to benefit the corrupt drug company, Earthwood Environmental.

Although it is an extreme example, our hope is that through this film, others will empathize with the struggles of addiction and overdose that as many as 128 Americans and their families go through everyday.

Film is a beautiful way to address things that are hard to address. We hope that our movie will resonate with the audience in a meaningful way, while also finding its voice in the most thrilling moments.