The Ivory Gate

A pair of strangers are tested when they wake up in an abandoned room, trapped with a syringe and some flickering lights.

  • Joshwa Walton
    A Strange Place
  • Joshwa Walton
    A Strange Place
  • Beth Slade
    Key Cast
    "Marie Andersson"
    Hot and Heavy
  • Emily Onimus
    Key Cast
    "Daisy Sandgren"
    Playing Hero, Commit
  • Everett Young
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Reese"
    The Comedian
  • Jared Prima
  • Barak Dinkel
    A Strange Place
  • Samuel Zamor
  • Annie Shifflette
    Film Editing
  • Jazmin Nicole Rivera
    Production Design
    Hot and Heavy
  • Jared Prima
    First Assistant Director
  • Jordan Davenport
    Second Assistant Director
  • Patrick Emralino
    Sound Mixer
    Stranger at the Door
  • Annie Shifflette
    Sound Editors
  • Joshwa Walton
    Sound Editors
    A Strange Place, Stranger at the Door
  • Alex Argiles
    First Assistant Camera
    The Brother
  • Rachael Tonietto
    Second Assistant Camera
    The Brother
  • Mengdi Cui
    Best Boy Electric
  • Meredith Mansfield
    Key Grip
    Stealing Diaries
  • Ashley James
  • Joshwa Walton
    A Strange Place
  • Joshwa Walton
    Title Design
    A Strange Place
  • Ted Strauss
    Special Thanks
  • Adam Jordan
    Special Thanks
    A Strange Place
  • Oscar Deng
    Special Thanks
    A Strange Place
  • Elizabeth Sanders
    Special Thanks
  • Tyler Phillips
    Special Thanks
    A Strange Place
  • Lacie Lazaroe
    Special Thanks
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 14, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED 2k
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Florida State University
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Joshwa Walton

Joshwa Walton was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in South Florida. In 2017, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, having completed his studies in medicine, literature, and film. He is known for writing and directing A Strange Place (2018), available on Amazon Prime, influenced by 70's paranoid cinema and inspired by his time spent with Berkley's Richard Burt.

He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts.

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Director Statement

“The most intriguing experiences I have ever had in the theatre stem from a strong sense of unease and nervousness.

Paranoid cinema has a very unique approach to human weakness, focusing on subjects meant to deeply concern their audience over the course of the film, while also drawing their view to a potentially true-to-life institution regarded with a false sense of security.

In this film, a young woman wakes up in an abandoned room, cornered by a deranged captive who proceeds to orient her to their abductor’s rules: the lights will stay on, and the noises will stay hushed, if blood is drawn. It was our goal to establish a confrontation fraught with mystery and a text beyond the superficial, building on an admittedly abstract concept with relatable human tension.

'The Ivory Gate' is a dreadful, yet familiar fable, meant to explore the human condition, like all others, but, most importantly, intended to provoke its audience into asking: what kind of person do you need to be to make it in today's world?”

- Joshwa Walton | Writer/Director