Private Project

The Inside Outside

Confronted with ancestral ghosts and demons of her own making, poor Trenton is having a very, very bad day. Avoid that bubbling water and find some damn shoes alongside a sarcastic heroine who overcomes monsters of land, water and maybe even her own self-doubt in the comically inspired The Inside Outside.

  • Nazlah Black
  • Adrienne Mackey
  • Erin McMillon
  • Melody Tash
    Hallow Gate, Soul Catcher, Beyond Celiac
  • Adrienne Mackey
  • Vanessa Ogbuehi
    Key Cast
    "Trail Walker"
  • Danielle Leneé
    Key Cast
  • Melanye Finister
    Key Cast
    "Harriet, The Air"
  • Brian Anthony Wilson
    Key Cast
    "George, The Land"
  • Damon Core, Jr.
    Key Cast
  • Tyrah Odoms
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Nazlah Black, Adrienne Mackey

Nazlah Black is an Administrative Associate at Swim Pony and theatre artist whose most recent credits include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Little Flame); Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest (Encounters Theatre); Malcolm, Witch 2, and Lady Macduff in Macbeth (New York Shakespeare Company); and Juliet in a New York City educational tour of Romeo and Juliet.
They have worked as an actor, director, and arts administrator on both coasts. Nazlah Black received their BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts.

Adrienne Mackey is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the potential of performance and play. With her company, Swim Pony, she’s created works including SURVIVE! - a 22,000 sq-ft interactive science installation;The Ballad of Joe Hill at Eastern State Penitentiary; War of the Worlds, with Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio; and The End – a month-long mixed reality game exploring fears about mortality. She’s the originator of Cross Pollination, a residency program in which 32 artists took part in documented interdisciplinary collaborations and also writes for Swim Pony’s blog, boasting 50,000 views. She’s now developing Water Logged!, a wildlife card game with the Alliance for Watershed Education, and an ecological table-top role-play for Fairmount Waterworks. Mackey holds an MFA in game/theater from Goddard, has received an Independence Fellowship and two Knight Arts Challenges. She is also a classically trained soprano, former chemistry major, and teaches acting, directing and devising for University of Washington’s School of Drama.

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Director Statement

TrailOff began as a wild idea in the mind of lead artist Adrienne Mackey back in 2017 to bring technology, storytelling and nature together in a single place. Using her background in game design and immersive theater, she dreamt of creating an experience where audiences feel like characters in a story happening all around them. Through her company, Swim Pony, Mackey partnered with the PA Environmental Council (PEC) to bring interactive stories to the region’s trail systems using responsive technology and design. An incredible team of writers, actors and musicians spent two years with Mackey and sound designer/composer Michael Kiley creating the audio-dramas you hear in TrailOff.

In 2019, Melody Tash joined the project to make a trailer for the app. In 2020, Mackey and Tash decided to craft a short film for each of the 10 trails, and for the next two years they visited each trail and filmed an abridged version of each story. The film before you today, is the story from one of those 10 trails.