Private Project

My Dumb Face

It’s the crappiest night of ALY’s life. 30 years old, her life lacking direction, she’s been all but abandoned by her mother for a psychotic step-dad—the same step-dad who left her stranded at a rural roadside bar. But when death metal promoter MARCUS steps up as her unlikely savior, the ensuing road trip leads ALY to a personal crossroads: Does she take a path of emotional retreat, or dare to fight for what matters?

  • Nic Beery
    12, Ben Pickle, Noah's Arc, Frame, Sayonara to Hello, The Good Friend, The ReCYCLEry
  • Paul Sapp
  • Nic Beery
    12, Ben Pickle, Noah's Arc, Frame, Sayonara to Hello, The Good Friend, The ReCYCLEry
  • Nic Beery
    12, Ben Pickle, Noah's Arc, Frame, Sayonara to Hello, The Good Friend, The ReCYCLEry
  • Monique Velasquez
    Frequency, Spin
  • Mary Guthrie
    Key Cast
  • Mark Hayes
    Key Cast
  • Jeff Alguire
    Key Cast
  • Susan Sipon
    Key Cast
  • Eliza Farren
    Key Cast
  • Martin Brown
    Director of Photography
  • Mike Andreas
    Sound Design
    Lost, Hellboy, The Practice
  • Piper kessler
    Field Sound
    Spin, Frequency
  • Aaron Bittikofer
    Field Sound
  • Matt Hedt
  • Ismail Abdelkhalek
  • Chris Medico
  • Matthew Krieg
    Color Grading
  • Pamela Smith
    Line Producer
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 8, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4k - Sony FS55
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New York City International Film Festival
    New York, New York
    April 25, 2016
    New York Premiere
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, CA
    March 20, 2016
  • Eastern North Carolina Film Festival
    Greenville, NC
    April 30, 2016
    Best Supporting Actress Award - Susan Siplon
  • Knoxville Film Festival
    United States
    August 26, 2016
  • filmSPARK
    United States
    September 18, 2016
  • West End Film Series
    Chapel Hill
    United States
    August 10, 2016
  • Palm Springs Short Film Corner
    Palm Springs
    United States
    June 25, 2016
Director Biography - Nic Beery

A former Ringling Bros. circus clown, Nic now prefers to be behind the camera. His films have been in over 70 festivals from Cannes to New York City, and have won numerous awards, including a recent Emmy nomination and an Indie Arts award winner for the North Carolina publication, The Independent. Nic’s film Sayonara to Hello won “Best Documentary” at the 2013 Knoxville Film Festival.
Nic is the owner of, a boutique video production company in Carrboro, North Carolina, and founder of the Carrboro Film Festival.

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Director Statement

My Dumb Face is a film about family, growing into adulthood, and connection. Beautiful with a genius level I.Q., Alyson is 30 and not ready to accept adulthood. But it hits her head on in the form of her new evil step father, the direct opposite of her wonderful, but dead, dad. She is left at a roadside bar and meets Marcus, a large teddy bear of a guy. This is when things get really interesting.

My Dumb Face is based on real events and real people. It took us four years from script to screen and this is the result. 24 minutes of film that takes you on a ride that is as powerful as it is moving. I hope you like it.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to show you our film and I hope you will seriously consider it for your festival.

Nic Beery