The Moon Smells Like Gunpowder

A surveillance and intelligence specialist who is under suspicion by his employer, finds both his personal and professional worlds on an unstoppable collision course. On his final international assignment, his decisions will come under question, his movements will be tracked and ultimately retribution dispatched.

  • Mark Solter
    Director
    Tin Matchbox Empty, Twins and Wives, Populations, Mangrove, Boxharp: Fan Fin, Boxharp: Rainbirds, Merde
  • Mark Solter
    Writer
    Tin Matchbox Empty, Twins and Wives, Populations, Mangrove, Boxharp: Fan Fin, Boxharp: Rainbirds, Merde
  • Jeffrey Gane
    Writer
    Tin Matchbox Empty, 45rpm, Treasure Island Kids: The Monster of Treasure Island, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Four Funerals and a Wedding, Life is for Living
  • Mark Solter
    Producer
    Tin Matchbox Empty, Twins and Wives, Populations, Mangrove, Boxharp: Fan Fin, Boxharp: Rainbirds, Merde
  • Jeffrey Gane
    Key Cast
    “Henry”
    Tin Matchbox Empty, 45rpm, Treasure Island Kids: The Monster of Treasure Island, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Four Funerals and a Wedding, Life is for Living
  • James Highfill
    Key Cast
    “Tur”
  • Marian Tomas Griffin
    Key Cast
    “Blaire”
    The Devil's Own, Sax and Violins, Dirt, Days of Darkness, 3 PM, Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear, As the World Turns
  • Mark Solter
    Cinematographer
    Tin Matchbox Empty, Twins and Wives, Populations, Mangrove, Boxharp: Fan Fin, Boxharp: Rainbirds, Merde
  • Mark Solter
    Editor
    Tin Matchbox Empty, Twins and Wives, Populations, Mangrove, Boxharp: Fan Fin, Boxharp: Rainbirds, Merde
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Mystery
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9 (1.78:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 19, 2019
    Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Golden State Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Winner - Best Sound Design (short)
  • Olympus Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 10, 2019
    Winner - Best Mystery Short (Mark Solter)
  • Eurasia International
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    January 25, 2019
    Finalist
  • Indie Short Fest LAIFF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Winner - Best Mystery Short (Mark Solter)
  • Indie Short Fest LAIFF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Winner - Best Cinematography (Mark Solter)
  • Indie Short Fest LAIFF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Winner - Best Original Score (Norm Skipp)
  • Indie Short Fest LAIFF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Nominated - Best Short (Overall)
  • Indie Short Fest LAIFF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Nominated - Best Drama Short
  • Indie Short Fest LAIFF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Nominated - Best Sound Mixing (Bret Mazur)
  • Indie Short Fest LAIFF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Nominated - Best Sound Editing (Mark Solter)
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 25, 2019
    Winner - Best Indie Film (Mark Solter)
  • Top Shorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 27, 2019
    Winner - Best Mystery Film (Mark Solter)
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 28, 2019
    Winner - Best Actor In An Indie Film (Jeffrey Gane)
  • New York Film Awards
    New York
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Winner - Best Mystery Film (Mark Solter)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Platinum Award Winner - Best Mystery Film (Mark Solter)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Platinum Award Winner - Best Cinematography (Mark Solter)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Platinum Award Winner - Best Original Score (Norm Skipp)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Gold Award Winner - Best Indie Short (Mark Solter)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 10, 2019
    Silver Award Winner - Best Director (Male) (Mark Solter)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 8, 2019
    Nominated: Best Film of the Month - March 2019
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    April 9, 2019
    Nominated: Best Cinematography - short film (Mark Solter)
  • Global Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 27, 2019
    Award of Excellence Winner
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    April 22, 2019
    Nominated: Best Music - short film (Norman Skipp)
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    April 22, 2019
    BRONZE WINNER Best Short Film - Mystery / Thriller
  • London International Motion Picture Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 24, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 16, 2019
    Winner - Best Cinematography short film (Mark Solter)
  • West Europe International Film Festival
    Brussels
    Belgium
    August 17, 2019
    Nominated: Best Director Short Film
  • West Europe International Film Festival
    Brussels
    Belgium
    August 17, 2019
    Nominated: Best Lead Actor Short Film
  • West Europe International Film Festival
    Brussles
    Belgium
    August 17, 2019
    Nominated: Best Original Screenplay Short Film
  • West Europe International Film Festival
    Brussels
    Belgium
    September 28, 2019
    Winner: Best Cinematography in a Short Film
  • West Europe International Film Festival
    Brussels
    Belgium
    September 28, 2019
    Winner: Best Sound Design
  • JellyFEST
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 1, 2019
    Semi-Finalist
  • World of Film International Festival Glasgow
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    August 29, 2019
    Semi-Finalist
  • Marina del Rey Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 18, 2019
    Winner: Best Sound Design Short 2019
  • BLOW-UP International Arthouse FILM FEST Chicago
    Chicago
    United States
    November 9, 2019
    Official Selection
  • East Europe International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 29, 2019
    Nominated: Best Lead Actor In A Short Film (Jeffrey Gane)
  • East Europe International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 29, 2019
    Nominated: Best Cinematography In A Short Film
  • East Europe International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 29, 2019
    Nominated: Best Director Of A Short Film
  • East Europe International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 29, 2019
    Nominated: Best Editing Of A Short Film
  • East Europe International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 29, 2019
    Nominated: Best Original Screenplay Of A Short Film
  • East Europe International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 29, 2019
    Nominated: Best Sound Design
Director Biography - Mark Solter

Mark Solter is an American cinematographer, director, screenwriter working in feature, commercial, and branded content. Mark has collaborated on a number of autonomous films worldwide, including The Moon Smells Like Gunpowder, Tin Matchbox Empty, Twins And Wives, Mangrove, 45rpm, and An Empty Bliss Beyond This Point. An mca-i silver reel and film festival award winner, he is currently developing several scripted properties including A Pen for the Blind in the Knife Drawer, Gentleman Crook, Or Current Resident, and Total State Machine.

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Director Statement

(brief)
I wanted to make a film that was challenging to watch. Not impenetrable, but tricky; a Chapel Perilous for viewers to think about later.

(continued)
I believe that at some point you have to trust your instincts. That, the intent to act and the subsequent act itself become the same. Though this is inevitably limited to our specific perceptual frame, I wanted to avoid the usual tropes and expectations surrounding the structure of a filmed mystery; consequently, it was important to experiment with a layering of time frames, shuffled timelines, shifting continuity, and metaphor play to get at the heart of Henry’s moral and existential odyssey. A slower, hidden kind of cinema. A puzzle that, in as much I hope it will be enjoyed, will leave the viewer wondering.