Trunk Show

Three teens contemplate life and. . . what to do with the body in the trunk of their car.

  • Will Chase
    Director
    Dagger, I'm Right Here, Lawrence Of Arabia (Music Video), Today Show, Ingrid Michaelson's 14th Annual Holiday Hop
  • Will Chase
    Writer
    Dagger, I'm Right Here
  • We'll See Productions
    Producer
    Dagger, I'm Right Here
  • Daisy Chase
    Key Cast
    "Charlie"
  • Gracie Chase
    Key Cast
    "Isabelle"
  • Bernard Scudder
    Key Cast
    "Rayne"
  • Spencer Muhlstock
    Director of Photography
    The Woods, Chipped, Ovid, Dinner, Shutterflies
  • Mick Lynch
    Composers
  • Chris Kuffner
    Composers
  • Will Chase
    Composers
  • Ingrid Michaelson
    Additional Musical Performance
  • Ethan Gustavson
    Sound Editor
  • Ashley Riley
    Makeup Designer
  • Jeff Muhlstock
    Steadicam Operator
    The Get Down, Mr. Robot, Captain America: The First Avenger, Julie & Julia
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Komodo, 6K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Ridgewood International Film Festival
    Ridgewood NJ
    United States
    April 28, 2022
    Winner-Best Short Film
  • New York Shorts International Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    October 31, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Shockfest Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    December 10, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 27, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • Santa Monica Film Festival
    Santa Monica, California
    United States
    January 14, 2022
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Asbury Park
    United States
    March 25, 2022
    New Jersey
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Will Chase

Will Chase is an award-winning director, producer, and Tony-Nominated actor best known for his television and stage appearances including "Dopesick", "Nashville", "Sharp Objects", "The Deuce", "Stranger Things", "American Crime Story", "Time After Time", "After The Wedding", "Smash" and "Rescue Me" among others.

His debut short film “Dagger”, which he also directed, won Best Score at the 2021 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and was featured at the 2021 Manhattan Film Festival. Other directing credits: “I’m Right Here”, “Ingrid Michaelson’s 14th Annual Holiday Hop: Live” and the Tiger King parody music video “Tigers and Young Men”.

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Director Statement

What to do about actors you’ve always wanted to work with, who are constantly busy but are finally available, and who also happen to be your children? Write a film for them and hope they all sign on. And thankfully, they did! I wanted to give them something heavy to play around with but also a bit cheeky which they ran with and in turn, created something really nuanced, disturbing, and fun. Getting to finally collaborate with Daisy and Gracie, and another wonderful actor, Bernard Scudder (who’s been part of my family for years), was definitely a highlight in my career. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.

—Will Chase

“TRUNK SHOW is a lot of fun and very cool. There’s a punk rock edge to it that I particularly liked. The actors are great and the camera has a really nice feel: unsettling just enough without making you feel self-conscious of it. The music is perfect, and the ending is a blast!”
--Danny Strong, Emmy Award-Winning Writer of "The Butler", "Empire", "Dopesick"

“It ROCKS: from the STUNNING opening shot, to the beautiful music, to the actors who are all terrific (I love their moral dubiousness)! Spencer Muhlstock (Director of Photography) does a fantastic job. And that ending...just when we let our guard down...the whole thing is terrific!
--Eric Stoltz, Director/Golden Globe-Nominated Actor of "Mask", "Pulp Fiction", "Grey’s Anatomy"

“OMG: Comedy Horror! I bought in. TRUNK SHOW is fun and very well executed. The actors are fantastic: kept it real and I believed every single minute of it.”
--Jane Bartelme, Producer of "Fun With Dick and Jane", "Along Came Polly", "13 Reasons Why"

“I loved TRUNK SHOW: loved the shooting style, the writing, the twist(s), and the kids...all three are incredible actors! It’s a whole lot of fun and expertly done!”
--Don Scardino, Emmy Award-Winning Director/Producer of "30 Rock", "Kimmy Schmidt"