Private Project


After accidentally freezing the family dog to death, Oscar attempts to make good with his soon-to-be stepson by driving the family pet’s ashes across the country.

  • Grant Moore
  • Grant Moore
  • Peter Henckel
  • Nat Topping
    Key Cast
  • Zakary Risinger
    Key Cast
  • Eva Augustina Sinotte
    Key Cast
  • Sam Hecker
    Director of Photography
  • Hongyi Cai
  • Xiang Li
    Sound Designer
  • Andrew Scott Bell
  • Jasmine Russ
    Casting Director
  • Wesley Raymond
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • LA Shorts International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 6, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, Rhode Island
    United States
    August 10, 2017
    East Coast Premiere
  • Gallup Film Festival
    Gallup, New Mexico
    United States
    September 16, 2017
    New Mexico Premiere
    Best Student Film
  • Breckenridge Film Festival
    United States
    September 22, 2017
    Colorado Premiere
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
    Edmonton, Alberta
    September 28, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
  • San Diego International Film Festival
    San Diego, California
    United States
    October 5, 2017
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
    United States
    October 20, 2017
    Florida Premiere
  • Carmel international Film Festival
    Carmel, California
    United States
    October 22, 2017
    Best Short Film
  • International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy (ISFVF)
    October 25, 2017
    China Premiere
    Bronze Award
  • Lone Star Film Festival
    Fort Worth, TX
    United States
    November 11, 2017
    Texas Premiere
  • Virginia Film Festival
    United States
    November 12, 2017
    Virginia Premiere
  • San Jose International Short Film Festival
    San Jose, CA
    United States
    December 8, 2017
  • Pune International Film Festival
    January 13, 2018
    India Premiere
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    Boulder City
    United States
    February 8, 2018
    Nevada Premiere
    Best Student Short
  • Nacogdoches Film Festival
    Nacogdoches, TX
    United States
    February 22, 2018
    Best Short Film
  • Beaufort International Film Festival
    United States
    February 24, 2018
    South Carolina Premiere
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
    United States
    March 3, 2018
    Mississippi Premiere
  • Gasparilla International Film Festival
    Tampa, FL
    United States
    March 24, 2018
    Audience Choice Best Student Film
  • Wisconsin Film Festival
    Madison, WI
    United States
    April 6, 2018
    Wisconsin Premiere
  • Ozark Foothills Film Festival
    United States
    April 27, 2018
    Arkansas Premiere
  • Capital City Film Festival
    Lansing, MI
    United States
    April 15, 2018
    Michigan Premiere
    Best Short Film
  • Twister Alley Film Festival
    Woodward, OK
    United States
    May 5, 2018
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Festival Director's Choice Award
  • Oneota Film Festival
    Decorah, IA
    United States
    April 20, 2018
    Iowa Premiere
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque, IA
    United States
    April 26, 2018
  • Hill Country Film Festival
    Fredericksburg, TX
    United States
    April 27, 2018
  • USA Film Festival
    Dallas, TX
    United States
    April 27, 2018
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Cape Cod, MA
    United States
    July 31, 2018
    Massachusetts Premiere
    Best Narrative Comedy Short
  • Sardinia Film Festival
    July 8, 2018
    Italy Premiere
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival
    Middlebury, VT
    United States
    August 23, 2018
    Vermont Premiere
  • Skyline Indie Film Festival
    Winchester, VA
    United States
    September 7, 2018
    Best of Festival
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival
    Gig Harbor, WA
    United States
    September 14, 2018
    Washington Premiere
    Best Actor (Nat Topping)
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, NC
    United States
    September 15, 2018
  • Gulf Coast Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    September 21, 2018
    Best Comedy Film
  • Catalina Film Festival
    Catalina, CA
    United States
    September 29, 2018
Director Biography - Grant Moore

Grant is a filmmaker hailing from Dallas, TX. He graduated from TCU in Fort Worth, TX with a degree in FTDM. He is also an MFA graduate of Chapman University, where he was a Leo Freedman Scholar. He enjoys stories that walk a fine line between comedy and drama while doing everything with heart. Outside of film he performs and directs in his comedy sketch group, Safety Patrol.

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Director Statement

When I was given the parameters to make a thesis film, it was described as making the most “personal film possible.” Selfishly wanting everyone to suffer the traumatic events of my life, I rounded up a lot of the challenges I faced as a kid. I moved across the country when I was nine. I was an only child. I had to deal with my parents re-marrying. And yes, I even tragically lost my childhood dog.

The result is a story where no one is a villain or a hero and yet everyone is a true character. Comedy and tragedy have always been one step away from each other to me and with this film I really wanted to explore the absurd life moments where it overlaps. It could be so sad it’s funny, or so funny it’s sad as long as it was real. In the end I’m immensely proud of the work that my team and I have accomplished here. Though I fully understand if you can’t forgive me for what happens to the dog. I promise I only did it in the name of good story.

Grant Moore