The Guitarist

A washed-up guitarist reluctantly gives a lesson to a new student with ulterior motives.

  • Michael Rogan
  • Michael Rogan
  • Mike Lindenmayer
  • Tom Von Dohlen
  • Ryan Link
    Key Cast
    "Charlie Winters "
  • Eli Hannon
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 2, 2023
  • 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 - Michael Rogan

Michael is a Writer/Director currently pursuing his MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. He recently directed a commercial for Kanga Coolers, which was posted on their instagram page of 58K followers. He has a keen eye for story and character, often writing about people that feel alone, or have difficulty connecting with others. He is thrilled to enter the festival circuit and share this story with others.

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Director Statement

It's a cruel feeling when you feel alone in this world but are unable to truly connect with others. That feeling is what propelled me to write this story about past traumas coming to your front door.

One of the many reasons I love film and storytelling is we get to see human psychology and how people might behave in certain situations. When I put these two characters together in the same room, with one secretly wanting to form a connection and the other wanting to fall back into his cocoon of loneliness, it was thrilling to see their psychology come to life and dictate the rest of the story.

I connect with Charlie on a deep level. He let the regrets and trauma of his past dictate his future - but there's hope for him yet.