Private Project

The Man Upstairs

The Man Upstairs follows Roger Scott, a landlord and modern day hermit, as he searches for a new tenant and reflects upon his life.

As the quirky building manager of an old yoga sanctuary, Roger uses meditation and dialectic techniques in order to redefine his world and commonly accepted definitions of success. Through his train of thought thinking, he shares his views of the world, troubles with tenants, doubts, and his faith to overcome those obstacles.

  • Miguel A. Brañas
    Stones, Hourglass
  • Miguel A. Brañas
    Camera Operator
  • Toby Smith
    Location Sound
  • Ethan Lachman
  • Thomas Kukucka
    1st AD
  • Roger Scott
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Spiritual
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    250 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Miguel A. Brañas

Miguel Alejandro Brañas is a Cuban-American filmmaker from Miami, FL.

As a veteran and first generation American, Miguel uses his the rich backdrop of his Afro-Cuban upbringing and his time in the military, to explore human themes on film. He views film as a vehicle to explore nuanced concepts and feelings that lose meaning when translated otherwise.

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Director Statement

I made The Man Upstairs as a way for people to question normally held definitions of success.