Blood Letting

Set deep in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, filmed on grainy 16mm film and lit entirely by torches and lanterns, this dark tale follows a mob of angry torchbearers in pursuit of an unfortunate man through the rural countryside.

  • William S. Davis
  • William S. Davis
  • William S. Davis
  • Aaron Hodges
    Key Cast
  • Erik Murphy
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Indie Grits
    Columbia, SC
    United States
    April 14, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Sherman Oaks, California
    United States
    August 10, 2017
  • PUSH! Film Festival
    Bristol, TN/VA
    United States
    October 21, 2016
  • RAW Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    June 4, 2017
    West Coast Premiere
  • Cardiff Mini Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 23, 2017
  • Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
    Muskogee, Oklahoma
    United States
    April 18, 2017
  • Lisbon International Film Festival
    December 22, 2016
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    December 22, 2016
    Asian Premiere
  • Bucharest ShortCut CineFest
    December 15, 2016
    European Premiere
Director Biography - William S. Davis

William S. Davis was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He grew up in a small town surrounded on all sides by rolling foothills and soaked in an outsider history of moonshine, murder, outlaws, and entrepreneurs. His self-taught filmmaking began with borrowed cameras and VCRs. It continued in college while studying photography and a new world of possibilities with storytelling and artistic logic awakened after seeing Aguirre, The Wrath of God, and other medium-challenging films. His short film work has shown at festivals and galleries worldwide and focuses on unique connections that both build and destroy individuals and communities. Davis has served on a variety of community-based film boards and projects and is currently Program Director of the Joedance Film Festival. He is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Film Studies Program at UNC Charlotte and works full-time as CEO of production company Small Creatures. In addition to film work, Davis is an Eagle Scout, fine artist, and musician. For him, art exists to challenge, inform, and reinforce shared and individual belief systems. He believes the role of great art is to resonate beyond its reception through thought, discussion, destruction, and creation.

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Director Statement

I made 'Blood Letting' as a nightmare ode to my homeland. In the darkness of the woods and hills at night, I always found it to be comforting, inspiring and fearful. This is a film about that darkness, and the darkness we all keep at bay inside ourselves burning wild. I hope that in some way it will do for you what the mountains have always done for me.