Poolside

POOLSIDE accounts the haunting moments of a 1950's high society woman struggling with keeping her sanity while isolated at her indoor pool. The idealistic background acts as a stark contrast to the dark concepts, swimming through this candid unraveling of a woman alone, trying to understand the voices she hears underwater. . Self-doubt, addiction, loss, and fear are just a few of the emotions she struggles with while coming to terms with her unimaginable situation.

Meg Stephens is a 1950's high society housewife who put her dreams aside for her family but is left to fend for herself with the aid of alcohol, Librium and Valium, and her own mental stability in a massive modern home with a golf course view. While swimming in her upscale, indoor pool, she begins to hear voices.

She decides to find out why she hears voices. Even Emma, the cleaning lady, refused to continue her work there after her horrifying experiences while alone in the house. Jeff Murphy is ready to sell his house to a lovely couple, Austin and Sarah Peterson, and will not let stories of a woman dying years ago affect this transaction.

All of these stories come together through the clockwork automated home that acts as the backdrop to a classic story about space, time, and the spirits left to repeat their last moments.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14187556/

  • Alex Kinter
    Director
  • Erik Schuessler
    Director
  • Erik Schuessler
    Writer
  • Alex Kinter
    Executive Producers
    Random Acts of Flyness, Drew Pearson Show
  • Erik Schuessler
    Executive Producers
    Everyday Monsters: Anonymity
  • Michael Ciancio
    Executive Producers
    Contraband, The Mechanic, Killing Them Softly
  • Judy Ciancio
    Executive Producers
    Manslaughter, Finding Hope, Sanctuary
  • Jose Luis Partida
    Producer
    Bollywood Beats
  • Adrian Trent
    Producer
    Ultimate Armored Car
  • Matt Shanahan
    Producer
    The Dude Perfect Show
  • Elizabeth Parks
    Associate Producer
  • Anne Beyer
    Key Cast
    "Meg Stephens"
    Mank, Counterpart
  • Oscar Seung
    Key Cast
    "Jeff Murphy"
    American Dynasty, Doctrine
  • Jennifer Kristin
    Key Cast
    "Sarah Peterson"
    Star-crossed, Losing Your Flames
  • Adam Lutrull
    Key Cast
    "Austin Peterson"
  • Giovanny
    Key Cast
    "Emma"
    Queen of The South, Queen Sugar
  • Darius Holbert
    Composer
    Making a Scene with James Franco, Trophy Kids
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Indie, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 25, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    21x9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 8, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Platinum Award For Best Mystery Short, Gold Award for Best First Time Director, Gold Award for Best Cinematography, Best Film of the Month (Runner-Up)
  • Indie Short Fest
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 8, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Best Thriller Short, Jury Award of Excellence
  • IndieX Film Fest
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 8, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Award of Excellence (Special Mention), Best Women Short
  • Art Film Awards
    Skopje
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    December 2, 2021
    European Premiere
    Best Short Film
  • Best Indie Film Award
    London, England
    United Kingdom
    March 30, 2021
    European Premiere
    Best Indie Experimental Film (Short)
  • Andromeda Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    July 20, 2021
    European Premiere
    Best Short Film
  • Milan Gold Awards
    Milan
    Italy
    April 5, 2021
    European Premiere
    Silver Award for Indie Short Film
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York City, New York
    United States
    April 5, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Best Indie Short Film
  • Florence Film Awards
    Florence
    Italy
    April 5, 2021
    European Premiere
    Honorable Mention for Indie Short Film
  • Best Director Award
    New York City, New York
    United States
    May 5, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Gold Award for Best 1st Time Director of a Short
  • FILMHAUS
    Berlin
    Germany
    December 12, 2021
    European Premiere
    Honourable Mention
  • Indie Shorts Awards Cannes
    Cannes
    France
    March 17, 2021
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Indie Shorts Awards NYC
    New York
    United States
    March 29, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Amazon Prime
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • Xerb.TV
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Alex Kinter, Erik Schuessler

ALEX KINTER was born and raised in Cali, Colombia and moved to Florida with his mother at the age of 5. Alex's father was a regional manager for a chain of furniture rental stores which led the family to move to Texas because of a change in the workplace with his father. Alex had an interest in action sports and the arts from an early age. He was soon heavily engaged in graphics, computers, and web development. Since the video courses were always full, Alex took up Photography during his junior year which led to an early start to lighting and composition. Once his early education was complete, Alex attended Texas A&M University-Commerce for Art Direction & Photography (2011). Alex received his certification as Digital Imaging & Post-processing Technician from RED Digital Cinema Education (2012).

After Completing his early education in 2012, Alex entered the mainstream entertainment industry. He started his career in photography & cinematography and gradually moved into directing music videos, commercial production, marketing, music production, and entrepreneurship. For several years, Alex worked alongside entertainment host, Paul Salfen. Alex and Paul worked on shows such as The Drew Pearson Show, Sports Plus, and Inside Entertainment; as well as notable print publications, Envy Magazine, 944 Magazine, ScoreBoard Monthly, Once Alex gained enough commercial, advertising and industrial experience in the Dallas market, he started a media production company.

Alex proceeded to receive a notable reputation as a commercial director and has worked with brands such as AT&T, Dallas Cowboys, Hublot, Pernot Ricard, Marriott Courtyard, Sonic, MTV, Viacom, and Mercedes Benz. His media company has worked in major markets such as Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, New York, and Miami.

Alex's media company specializes in music videos, commercial production, corporate videos, television cinematography, aerial cinematography, motion graphics, photography, digital marketing, and branded content creation.

Alex's company media company has quickly been established by this young man's diverse and gifted talent. He has also ventured in the film production realm with several partners. Alex recently directed and produced the short film The Poolside (Alone At The Pool) alongside writer/director Erik Schuessler and starring Anne Beyer.

Alex's ambition for the art and experience in the industry has also led him to start acting per some of his music video clients and film comrades in shorts and web-series, most recently in David Lee's music video - Bringing Hippie back. Kinter has filmed and photographed a wide range of celebrities like Sir Richard Branson, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Selena Gomez, Dirk Nowitzki, Val Kilmer, Stephen King, Jennifer Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Taryn Manning, and Paul Oakenfold, just to name a few. With extended business networks and teams in the commercial advertising space, he produces key content pieces and effective video marketing strategies for many established local, national and internationally recognized brands.

Today, Kinter consults for many brands and businesses for their video marketing needs. He also is in development of a couple upcoming feature films and is a forex day trader.

ERIK SCHUESSLER is an artist, technologist, and influential creative whisperer. He passed during the post-production process of the film after battling a rare form of cancer for more than a year.

He was an original conspirator for Dallas’ annual Disturbathon party, the designer helped create the visual identity by which the Dallas Biennial, Better Block, and other mainstay art and city-minded efforts are known. He is remembered warmly for what people saw of his influence, and what they sometimes didn’t: a consistent and often uncredited presence of generosity that helped prop Dallas’ art and tech communities up through the dot-com bubble and its bust, with a distinctly playful perspective and sense of humor.

While students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Erik and his brother Ean published a ‘zine called Brainfood; they in 1991 turned the venture into a web design and development studio using the same name. Erik and Ean landed national accounts like PepsiCo and helped develop the original business concept for Broadcast.com

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Director Statement

American based director Alex Kinter’s work has made some noise, whether it's his commercials of high profile athletes, models fighting with exploding pillows or his commissioned travels to beautiful and exciting destinations. Kinter often mixes the vibe of his edgy and artistic side with the commercial and promotional aspects of business, along with his passion for film, creating an engaging cinematic explosion of visuals, environment, and experience. In his latest series, Adventurer, he presents in a single epic volume his most exciting work to date, including a landscape photography series from his travels to Peru, celebrity portraits, and cinematic motion stills from his highly acclaimed productions and campaigns.

Truly unfazed by his critics' word’s, Alex raises the bar for his subjects―often his clients, who own or manage many successful brands, business and corporations ―and himself as well, taking it to the max, going above and beyond expectations. Alex’s ambitious, creative mind and eyes in setting up scenes, frames and capturing subjects in dynamic lighting for conceptual storytelling, provides the viewer with a memorable and remarkable experience.