Private Project


Inspired by the bizarre actual life events of Dutch librarian and medical student, Hugo Bart Huges, BRAINBLOODVOLUME is a stylistic interpretation of the essential moments at which Huges went forward with an operation he theorized would lead to a permanent high and state of higher consciousness. Shot without dialogue in high-contrast black and white, the film approximates the style of photographs taken of Bart Huges during and after his operation, while utilizing a surreal tone and imagery throughout the story.

  • John M. Carter
    Writer / Director / Producer
  • Konstantinos Nireas
    Key Cast
  • Marcus Jaeger
    Director of Photography
  • Brittany-Renée Quinn
    Assistant Producer
  • Evan Golde
    1st AD
  • Robert Piel
    2nd AD
  • Jonas Thielke
    2nd AD
  • Norman Möhler
  • Ricardo Rojstaczer
    Sound Design
  • Leana Salvet
    Wardrobe / Costume Design
  • Gabrielė Sergejevaitė
    Assistant Wardrobe
  • Iryna Suniaieva
    Makeup / Special Effects
  • Johanne Lykke Poulsen
    Production Assistant
  • Rose Johansen
    Artistic Consultant
  • Marcus Jaeger
    Additional Cast
    Library Clerk
  • Waltraud Jaeger
    Additional Cast
    Neighbor Woman
  • Gea Quinto
    Additional Cast
    Shrouded Figure 1
  • Alena Heyn
    Additional Cast
    Shrouded Figure 2
  • Ariadna del Carmen Kott
    Additional Cast
    Shrouded Figure 3
  • Linda Gegusch
    Additional Cast
    Shrouded Figure 4
  • Mateo Ward
    Additional Cast
    Stunt Double
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 21 seconds
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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  • Student Project:
  • Speechless Film Festival
    Mankato, MN
    United States
    March 16, 2017
    Best of Show, Speechless Shorts (Professional)
  • Berlin Experimental Film Festival
    December 16, 2017
    German Premiere
  • Berlin Independent Film Festival
    February 15, 2018
    Award Winner, Best Sci-Fi Short Film
  • Psychedelic Film and Music Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 5, 2018
    New York
  • Boston Short film Festival
    United States
    July 12, 2018
    New England
  • European Philip K Dick Film Festival
    November 2, 2018
Director Biography

John M. Carter is an American-born writer, musician and filmmaker now living in Berlin, Germany.

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