The Devil Will Run

A young boy is convinced that the Devil lives in a hole in his backyard. Can he find the courage to face down his fear?  

  • Noah Glenn
    Director
    Electromatic, Life After Death
  • Noah Glenn
    Writer
    Electromatic, Life After Death
  • James Dukes
    Writer
  • James Dukes
    Producer
  • Bryce Christian Thompson
    Key Cast
    "Shah"
    Bluff City Law
  • Caleb Alexander Thompson
    Key Cast
    "Cory"
    Women of the Movement, Bluff City Law
  • Princeton James
    Key Cast
    "Father"
    Bluff City Law, Uncorked
  • Posie Steinmetz
    Key Cast
    "Nella"
  • Andrew Trent Fleming
    Director of Photography
    Soul Man, Life After Death
  • Catherine Elizabeth Patton
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Coming-of-Age
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    17:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    October 25, 2021
    Premiere
    Winner Best Hometowner Narrative Short + Winner Audience Award for Best Hometowner Narrative Short
  • San Francisco Independent Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    February 5, 2022
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Children's Film Festival Seattle
    Seattle, WA
    United States
    Washington Premiere
    Winner Best Short Live-Action Film
  • New York International Children's Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    March 12, 2022
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kansas City International Film Festival
    Kansas City, MO
    United States
    April 25, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Made in Arkansas Film Festival
    Little Rock, AR
    United States
    May 14, 2022
    Best Regional Short Film, Audience Favorite
  • WKNO Indie TV
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    May 13, 2022
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Woods Hole, MA
    United States
    August 4, 2022
    Massachusetts Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    August 27, 2022
    Alabama Premiere
    Best Black Lens Narrative Short & Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Short
  • Nashville Film Festival
    Nashville, TN
    United States
    October 1, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    Wichita, KS
    United States
    October 1, 2022
    Kansas Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Noah Glenn

Noah Glenn is a director, producer, and writer who enjoys working at the intersection of creative media and children's mental and emotional well-being. He is the creator and host of a podcast called Like You: Mindfulness for Kids, which gives kids tools to understand themselves and manage difficult emotions.

His films have won awards from the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Children's Film Festival Seattle, Sidewalk Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and the Made in Arkansas Film Festival. He is also a recipient of the 2019 Indie Grant from Indie Memphis Film Festival. Noah lives in Midtown Memphis with his wife, designer Lindsey Glenn, and their two daughters.

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Director Statement

This film was inspired by a conversation about childhood memories with my friend, music producer James "IMAKEMADBEATS" Dukes. I've always been fascinated with how we are shaped by the experiences of our childhoods. His haunting memory of a hole in the yard of his childhood home stuck with me. As a boy, he feared it was where the Devil lived; he was afraid to tell anyone, feeling he had to shoulder the burden himself. I didn't know yet that this conversation would lead to a film.

Then during the protests following the death of George Floyd in 2020, I was reflecting on the nature of evil and how we learn to stand up against it, and my mind returned to this story of a child's inner anxiety about the Devil.

This is a film for anyone who has found the courage to stand up for themselves and others, whether that means facing down a childhood bully, or fighting against a system of oppression. It is also a celebration of friendship and community, of feeling loved and respected when we discover that someone else understands us and has our back.