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Without Regret

What do you regret? The things you did, or the things you didn’t do...

Three seconds. That’s how long Ezra Hudson spent gazing at the girl of his dreams. She was a beautiful hitchhiker and her indelible face has plagued his conscious mind for decades. He doesn’t understand why such a brief encounter could haunt him to this day. That one morning, in his youth, he almost stopped to offer her a ride, yet that single hesitation started a pattern in a life defined by missed opportunities.

After making all the right choices, the safe choices, perhaps Ezra wants to believe that a love at first sight holds the answer to what’s missing in his life. But how much can a person really know about another person, especially in three seconds?

  • Dustin Curtis Murphy
    Happy Hour Sketch Comedy
  • Dustin Curtis Murphy
  • Dustin Curtis Murphy
  • Brandon Riley Miller
  • Steve Gaghagen
    Key Cast
    High, Happy Hour Sketch Comedy
  • Julisa L. Wright
    Key Cast
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Stephanie Lee
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Pennock
    Key Cast
    Dark Shadows
  • Matt Gardner
    Key Cast
  • Simon Menkes
    Key Cast
  • Sarah Grace Wright
    Key Cast
  • Eric J. Wright
    Key Cast
  • Brian Adams
    Key Cast
  • Samantha Luis
    Key Cast
  • Brandon Riley Miller
    Director of Photography
  • David Paul Dorn
    Original Score
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Dustin Curtis Murphy

As an artist and filmmaker, Murphy has always been drawn to two polar opposite styles: comedy & tragedy. “With my films I want to leave you crying. Either with laughter or with heartfelt empathy for the character’s plight. But either way I want my films to affect you, stick with you, relate to your own human experience.”

Without Regret marks Murphy’s return to drama after 4 successful seasons Happy Hour Sketch Comedy. In the later two seasons of this web series, he found himself less and less making traditional style sketches, as his artistic expression morphed into a style that more resembled short film. Relying heavily on his favorite comedy influences, these “web shorts” would find humor in topics that were usually considered too deep or intellectual for traditional sketch comedy. Highlights include topics ranging from modern politics, poking fun at the arts and entertainment industry, and the hazards of modern romance.

At the age of 5, he started acting in theater, eventually winning an Inland Empire Theater League Award for his portrayal as the title role in "Tom Sawyer”. With puberty approaching, film captured his attention and turned into a lifelong passion. During this period it would stretch his ability as a guerrilla filmmaker with each new project being evermore ambitious. Twenty student film later, his last film made while still in High School, “Repossessed" won Best Under 18 Film at Shriekfest Hollywood. These years would solidify his confidence on set and behind the camera.

Post High School, Murphy moved to Colorado. There he became involved with the local film festival and also became a four year regular performer, writer, director & choreographer at the Backstage Theater of Breckenridge, Colorado (Winner: Colorado Theater League's 2010 Outstanding Regional Theater; a season where Murphy wrote, directed & starred in his first original play).

In 2010, Murphy then moved back to California to pursue a career in film. While continually pushing his own artistic vision forward with his writing and directing, Murphy has also acted in the independent feature Hysperia, been a Director of Photography on several sets run by other directors, and helped to produce the first season of High the web series. He has written 10 feature screenplays, some of which have been produced, some have been optioned awaiting production, while others are available to read upon request. Currently, he has two shorts and feature in pre-production.

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Director Statement

It's not often, while making a micro-budget passion project, that you are so fortunate to assemble such a great team, both in front of and behind the camera.

Our cast includes such heavy hitting talent as Steve Gaghagen, who trained as a method actor under Lee Strasberg in the same class as Marlon Brando; Christopher Pennock, who is most well-known for Dark Shadows and an active member of the Actor's Studio; Stephanie Lee, currently working on the Refugee Project with the Actor's Gang in Studio City run by Tim Robbins; and Julisa L. Wright, most well known for her work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Behind the camera we assembled a talented team who collectively has worked on such a range of projects as Marvel's Thor, Salinger, The Voice, Bullet to the Head and various projects for Vice Magazine's music division.

Without Regret was a story that stewed in my head for many years, but it wasn't until after my first marriage ended at the age of 26, that the time seemed right to make a statement about the regrets we all live with. It's easy to point out what you wish you would have done differently, but the reality is you don't know. While your path might temporarily turn towards pain, sometimes you need that pain to work through who you are meant to be, and in my case it pushed me to dive deeper into a life of artistic endeavors.

In any given situation, you can only know your own version of reality as is played out by your experiences, so at any given time it's damn near impossible to know if you're on the right life path or if in your old age you'll end up riddled with regret. Regret can be a powerful tool for change, but it can also be crippling. In bringing this story to life, it is my hope that it provides a space for audience's to question their own lives and the regrets they live with and that perhaps in doing so it will bring them peace.