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Universe 25

A mysterious entity. A bizarre psychological experiment. Imprisoned in “The Room,” a woman can’t know anyone longer than 30 days. It’s difficult to say what’s worse: knowing that anyone she cares about will disappear, or that they might be replaced by someone worse. With no hope of escape, she must confront the absurdity of her new existence.

Universe 25 is an allegory for a universal human dilemma: how can you find happiness when everything (and everyone) in life is transient? Where is hope in the face of relentless adversity? A must-watch for fans of sci-fi, psychological horror, and character-driven dramas alike.

  • David Tappan
    Director
  • Kelly Tappan
    Writer
  • David Tappan
    Writer
  • Andrew Reisfeld
    Producer
  • Juan Herrera
    Producer
  • David Tappan
    Producer
  • Victor Lord
    Producer
  • Kelly Tappan
    Key Cast
    "Mel"
  • Kalen Parrot
    Key Cast
    "Antonio"
  • Josephine Valentina Clark
    Key Cast
    "Manon"
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama, Horror
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    37,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • ScreamFest Horror Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 15, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Lund Fantastic Film Festival
    Lund
    Sweden
    November 1, 2023
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Boston SciFi Film Fest
    Boston, MA
    United States
    February 15, 2024
    Boston Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Int'l Horror & Sci Fi Film Festival (Phoenix Film Festival)
    Phoenix, AZ
    United States
    April 14, 2024
    Arizona Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Juggernaut Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    April 20, 2024
    Illinois Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Indy Film Fest
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    April 25, 2024
    Indiana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • PopCon International Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    April 26, 2024
    WINNER - Best Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
  • Chicago Horror Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    May 4, 2024
    NOMINEE - Best Editing, Best Sci-Fi Horror Short
  • First Contact Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival
    Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
    United States
    May 18, 2024
    New Jersey Premiere
    NOMINEE -- Best Live Action Film, Best "First Contact" Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Cinematography
  • Comic Con International Independent Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    July 26, 2024
    San Diego Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Gen Con Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    August 1, 2024
    Official Selection
  • Ravenheart International Film Festival
    Oslo
    Norway
    August 21, 2024
    Norway Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - David Tappan

David Tappan is an award-winning director with a distinct eye for merging character-driven and high-concept storytelling. His inventive, boldly visual aesthetic is at once intimate and epic, bending genre conventions while keeping emotions grounded in nuanced characters.

His work spans the commercial, music video, documentary, and narrative film worlds. His work has screened at and won awards from film festivals internationally, including the Oscar-qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival. His films have been celebrated by premiere genre fests such as ScreamFest, Lund Fantastic, Boston Sci-Fi, and Comic-Con.

Tappan co-founded Level 11 Films with his sister and writing partner, Kelly Tappan. Universe 25, their flagship project, is currently winning awards on the festival circuit and has been well-reviewed by critics. It has been described as “an awe-inspiring cinematic feat” by Overly Honest Reviews (4.5/5) and “about as good as a Sci-Fi short gets” by Film Threat (9.5/10). They are currently working on the full-length feature film adaptation.

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Director Statement

We made this film with the belief that genre audiences crave thought-provoking cinema. We want to be removed from our familiar world not only to be entertained, but because it can more vividly capture the human experience. Our Sci-Fi/ Thriller is an allegory for a universal human dilemma: how can you find happiness when everything in life is transient? Where is hope in the face of relentless adversity?

With anxiety and depression defining our generation, my hope is to help audiences find the power that lies on the other side of pain. This film has been a labor of love for nearly two years and I’m excited to share it with the world.

"If we do not learn to perceive the mystery and beauty of our present life, our present hour, we shall not perceive the worth of any life, any hour.” - Philip Kapleau