Private Project


Gaining entry to a guarded gate becomes a man's obsession and only goal. Based on a short story by Franz Kafka.

  • Brian Lederman
  • Brian Lederman
  • Franz Kafka (adaptation of)
  • Brian Lederman
  • Armando Luis Alvarez
  • James Nester
    Key Cast
  • Clinton Powell
    Key Cast
  • Michael Carey
    Key Cast
  • Armando Luis Alvarez
    Director of Photography
  • Ryun Montenegro
    Assistant Director
  • Natalie Shmuel
    Production Photography
  • Michael Carey
  • Frank D'Agosta
  • Brian Lederman
    Editor, Sound Editor and Composer
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Surreal, Art House, Avant Garde
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Kansas City FilmFest
    Kansas City, Missouri
    April 17, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Alexandria Film Festival
    Alexandria, Virginia
    November 5, 2015
    Washington DC Premiere
  • NewFilmmakers New York
    New York City, New York
    March 16, 2016
    New York City Premiere
  • Boston Underground Film Festival
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    March 25, 2016
    Boston Premiere
  • New Hope Film Festival
    New Hope, Pennsylvania
    July 30, 2016
    Pennsylvania Premiere
Director Biography - Brian Lederman

Brian Lederman has had a passion for the art of storytelling for as far back as he can remember. After high school he studied directing for film and video at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he wrote and directed several short films. Since then he's worked jobs both in and out of the field while pursuing film and music. 'Inertia' is Brian's first effort outside of an academic environment.

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Director Statement

During a time when instant gratification in many different artistic mediums is king, any work with a measured, brooding pace is seen as strange. 'Inertia' is a challenging short film based on a challenging short story by one of the most challenging writers of the 20th century: Franz Kafka. The movie rewards patience and deep thought but also lets those who are open to the strange and different be sucked into an uneasy absurdity that culminates in an important, human question. Do you let fear keep you at bay or do you brave its threats and take the next step?