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Laid to Rest

The film "Laid to Rest", is a glimpse into the world of a ghost girl trapped in purgatory at the cemetery. Frozen in time and stuck in a moment, she explores a relationship gone horribly wrong, a shattered psyche and the give and take of this strange world of ours.

The Film stars Jessica Felice and Taylor August.

  • Jennifer Valdes
    Isabelle, Jack 'O' Slasher, To Love is to Die
  • Jennifer Valdes
    Isabelle, Jack 'O' Slasher, To Love is to Die
  • Jennifer Valdes
  • Shawn Anthony
  • Jessica Felice
    Key Cast
  • Taylor August
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, horror, romance
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic Ursa 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Winter Film Awards Film Festival
    new york, new york
    United States
    December 2nd, 2017
    Best Horror Short Film
Distribution Information
  • Hewes Pictures
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Paid TV
Director Biography - Jennifer Valdes

Jennifer Valdes is an award winning writer, director and producer. She is most well known for her award winning black and white, modern film noir, short film, Isabelle (2014). She is also well known in the indie film circuit for her horror/comedy feature film, Jack 'O' Slasher (2012), which was distributed worldwide.

She has recently written and directed a short film called, Laid to Rest (2017), which is a psychological and deeply emotional story with beautiful cinematography by Shawn Anthony. It has not yet been released, but has been chosen as an Official Selection of The Macabre Faire Film Festival, and will screen in January of 2017.

Jennifer has had her films nominated for many awards. Her film Isabelle, was nominated for Best Costumes and Best Actress, and won the Audience Choice Award at The Macabre Faire Film Festival 2014. She also won an award from for being the Best Director of a short film in 2014, for Isabelle. Isabelle had its NYC Premiere Screening on April 15, 2015 at the Anthology Film Archives as part of the New FIlmmakers NY Screening Series. Isabelle also screened at HorrorHound Weekend & Film Festival In Ohio, (March 2015) and Jennifer was the only female indie film director invited to speak on their Q&A Panel.

Jennifer has been working in the Television and Film industry since 2005 .She was trained at St. John's University and she has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (2005). This is where she discovered her passion for video editing and making tv shows and films. She has previously worked at St. John's University in the AVID Editing Lab as well as New York Film Academy as a Teacher's Assistant in the Video Editing Lab. She has also taught Final Cut Pro Video Editing Instruction Classes to High School Students at New York Film Academy.

Jennifer also is the creator and producer of a public access television show called, The All New Brain Eaters Show, which aired twice weekly on QPTV and BCAT. It was a half hour show produced entirely by Jennifer Valdes and her sister, Marissa Valdes (2006-2013). It consisted of live music and concert coverage, heavy metal band interviews, conventions, and skit comedy.

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Director Statement

As a Writer and Director, my most recent short film "Laid to Rest", has a very important significance to me. With each film, I learn, I teach, I get explore myself and allow others inside to explore me as well. I get to express myself through film and create these characters and see them brought to life by amazing actors and actresses. I couldn't feel more blessed to be able to witness these transformations. I work hard to create my visions into film to be able to share my particular perspective with the world and I hope that my work can help to inspire others as well.