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The Clog

A seasoned plumber named Ralph arrives at a home to eliminate a stubborn clog in a sink drain, only to find that the clog is trying to eliminate him. Summoning every tool at his command, his fifteen years of experience, and his unerring sense of plumbing responsibility, Ralph engages in deadly warfare with the monster in the pipes.

  • Caleb Porto
    Writer and Director
    A Tap Dancer Murders Her Father, A Prank Too Far
  • Ted Watts
    Key Cast
    "Ralph"
    Last Flag Flying (2017), The Haunting Of (2015), Help Me Help You (2009)
  • Christina Wren
    Key Cast
    "Ellen"
    Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Sequestered (2014), Hicksters (2019-2020)
  • Andrew Gorell
    Key Cast
    "Charles"
    Downward Dog (2017), My Friend Dahmer (2017), The Bye Bye Man (2017)
  • Anne McEvoy
    Key Cast
    "Mrs. Marshall"
  • Cassidy Fischer
    Assistand Director
  • Anh Vu
    Director of Photography
  • Samantha McCoy
    Camera Operator
  • Max Bruce-Rudge
    Sound Recordist
  • Hayley Ulmer
    Production Designer
  • Caleb Porto
    Practical Effects Designer
  • Caleb Goss
    Set Construction
  • Danica Depenhart
    Set Construction
  • Nino Ronsivalle
    Executive Producer
  • Christina Gonzalez
    Sound Design
  • Domenic Orsi
    Sound Design
  • Alex Winkler
    Music Composer
  • Paul Dekams
    Color Grading
  • Samuel Gursky
    Color Grading
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    19,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.9:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography

Caleb grew up north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the small town of Center Township. His passion for film was sparked the way it is for many: in the long aisles of the video rental store and in the darkened space of a theater. Early on, he began to write and direct his own work. In the ten years since then, he hasn't slackened the pace. He's made over twenty short films and written one feature film. His last two short films have gone on to festivals and had multiple screenings. Caleb now lives in the city of Pittsburgh, continuing the long and exciting journey of making films, and loving every minute of it. The Clog marks his first post-college film, and his first foray into higher budget filmmaking.

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Director Statement

The Clog holds a special place in my heart. It exists as part homage and part reinvention of the B-Movie monster films of my youth. As a director, what attracted me to the film was it’s inherent challenge. The idea of crafting a cinematic language in the 5’x14’ bathroom, of using only practical effects, and the inherent need for sound design that’s baked into the script, all this and more pulled me deeper into this crazy story. As a writer, I hope the audience falls in love with these characters as I have. I was endeared to them by their humor, eccentricity, and in Ralph’s case, his near-philosophical approach to plumbing. This film is the product of a hard work, love, and more than a little movie magic. I hope you enjoy the ride.