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The Next Day

The Next Day tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project, as he struggles to sleep the night before the testing of the first atomic bomb. It is a character study of one of the most enigmatic and sometimes misunderstood minds of the 20th century.

  • Josette DeTour
    Director
  • Josette DeTour
    Writer
  • Kez McGlone
    Producer
  • Josette DeTour
    Producer
  • Timothy Huls
    Producer
  • Timothy Huls
    Key Cast
    "J.Robert Oppenheimer"
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  • Michael Ray Wisely
    Key Cast
    "General Leslie Groves"
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  • Adam Long
    Key Cast
    "Frank Oppenheimer"
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  • Kenny Beers
    Key Cast
    "Lieutenant Nali"
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  • Sam Delaware
    Cinematography
  • Geoffrey Fralick
    Prodction Design
  • Cory Colombini
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Historical, Biography
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Pacific Union College
  • Sonscreen Film Festival
    Online
    United States
    April 9, 2021
    North American Premier
    Best Drama Short
Director Biography - Josette DeTour

Josette is a writer and director based in Napa, California. She is a storyteller through and through. Whether it be her own stories or someone else's: she is dedicated to creating art that engages the heart and mind.

Josette previously hosted the podcast Get Trekked on KBOO Portland in her spare time. She won Audience Choice Award at the Diogenes Film Festival for her film Cultus Confirmed in 2019. She finished production on her short film, 'The Next Day' in March of 2020.

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Director Statement

I've been fascinated with J.Robert Oppenheimer not just as a historical figure but as a human being for some time. He sits in a unique place in history as the "father of the atomic bomb", while bearing the immense responsibility that a title such as that conveys. He is a haunting figure in a American history that is seldom talked about, and, even more rarely, depicted on screen.
In making this film, I wanted to capture what might have been going through this legendary figures head the night before the Trinity test, before the world changed forever.
I think Oppenheimer's story is not only compelling but relevant to the world of today. And I believe it is prudent that we look back at figures such as Oppenheimer, how they impacted history and how we can learn from them as we move into a future where every decision we make is a vital one.