The Present Mind

Fur trappers ROBERT and MURPHY flee after killing men of the Blackfeet tribe for their fur, in the hopes of staying warm enough to survive the harsh winter of the early 1800s. Robert, a blind man, teaches Murphy how his lack of sight can be his greatest strength and how Murphy can tap into a new perspective of living. Murphy, a stubborn and arrogant man, teaches Robert a trick or two about living as well. Despite many differences, the two men form a bond by leaning on each other’s strengths in order to help them survive, at least until the Blackfeet catch up to them.

  • Chris Shaw
    Director
  • Chris Shaw
    Writer
  • TJ Shaw
    Writer
  • Chris Shaw
    Producer
  • TJ Shaw
    Producer
  • Rob Regpala
    Producer
  • Stephen Enloe
    Producer
  • TJ Shaw
    Key Cast
    "Robert"
    All-American
  • Daniel Novick
    Key Cast
    "Murphy"
    Murder Book
  • Rob Regpala
    Key Cast
    "Blackfoot Warrior"
    All-American
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2021
  • 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:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw is a writer and director who founded the production company, Calico Rock Films which focuses on stories that bring a deeper understanding of life and the truth behind it.

Chris' professional journey started when he was the 2nd Assistant Director on the TV Pilot, 9Realms: Angel of Death. He would then go on to be the 1st Assistant Director on several feature films including A Wrestling Christmas Miracle which stars Martin Kove, Gilbert Gottfried, and Michael Winslow. Chris has also worked with artists such as Offset and Kiana Ledé.

Chris has written and directed numerous short films within the past few years that have or will be premiering within the major film festival circuit.

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