Waypoints

When pushed to their limit, can they find a way back to themselves? Can they make an escape?

Could you?

Would you?

LGBTQ+ short thriller about trying to escape intimate partner violence and silent abuse featuring an indigenous genderqueer main character.

  • Cas Taylor
    Director
    Waypoints, Hiraeth (The Longing)
  • Cas Taylor
    Producer
    The Souls of Black Pebbles, Beautified, Waypoints, Hireath, Turkey, The Woman In the Room, Submergent, Invasion of the Not Quite Dead
  • Cas Taylor
    Key Cast
  • Cas Taylor
    Production Design
    The Souls of Black Pebbles, Submergent, The Woman In The Room
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    drama, lgbtq, experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Big Sur Film Festival

    Best Thriller Short, Best LGBTQ Short
  • Imagine Rain Independent Film Awards
    Silicon Valley
    June 7, 2021
    Best LGBTQ Short, Grand Jury Prize Best Female Filmmaker
  • New Wave Film Festival
    Munich
    Germany
    May 31, 2021
    Finalist
  • Smyrna International Film Festival
    Izmir
    Turkey
    June 20, 2021
    Honorable Mention Best LGBT Shor Film
  • Vesuvius International Film Fest
    Napoli
    Italy
    June 30, 2021
    Best LGBT Short Movie
Director Biography - Cas Taylor

Hi, my name is Cas Taylor (she/her, they/them) and I am a Pacific Northwest-based queer indigenous creator with familial ties to the Nisqually valley and the Alaskan north slope. I am creating a series of short films which are becoming a larger vision of which Waypoints is the soul.

I grew up in Olympia, WA, where long soggy weekends meant days spent inside watching old films on a small television that only received three channels. This meant I quickly acquired an appreciation and interest for movies, especially foreign films and obscure 70s films which were on near-constant rotation. As I came to understand my own story through those I experienced on the page and onscreen, I developed a passion for LGBTQI+ stories. It became my goal to empower and amplify character-driven narratives and independent creators whose stories seemed few and far between.

My only true vice is fair trade coffee. And pie. And getting lost on back roads, exploring local coffee shops across the US, and discovering gazebos of historical significance. When I’m not creating, I do my level best to chase mindfulness. I enjoy giving back to my community, running 5ks for charity, trawling vintage stores for props, and (more frequently than I’d care to admit) fall asleep in savasana pose.

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Director Statement

I was drawn to explore and depict the themes of Post Traumatic Stress and trauma presented in Waypoints because while complex and difficult to confront, I believe healing is rooted in tough conversations, accountability, personal responsibility, forgiveness, and letting go.