Soon after the 2016 U.S. election, an anti-Trump activist waits outside a supporter’s home considering something that could result in deadly consequences.

  • Matthew Herbertz
  • Matthew Herbertz
  • Cole Critchell
    Executive Producer
  • Justin Kohlas
    Executive Producer
  • Tim Bensch
    Key Cast
  • Craig Lemons
    Key Cast
  • Grace Marengo
    Key Cast
  • Tom Digges
    Director of Photography
  • Caitlyn Stevens
    Assistant Director
  • Nicole Lehrman
    1st AC
  • Aaron Shafer
    2nd AC
  • Vicky Skubish
    Production Assistant
  • Lexi Wilson
    Production Assistant
  • Bruno Viana
  • Jermaine Thomas
  • Tim Keller
  • Jon Stante
    Sound Mixer
  • Haley Scott
    Script Supervisor
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Political, Drama, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • DC Independent Film Festival
    Washington, DC
    United States
    February 17, 2018
    World Premiere
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
    Starkville, MS
    United States
    March 3, 2018
    Southern Premiere
  • Beeston Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    March 10, 2018
    International Premiere
  • Athens International Film & Video Festival
    United States
    April 4, 2018
    Midwest Premiere
  • New Haven International Film Festival
    New Haven
    United States
    May 2, 2018
  • NewFilmmakers NY
    New York City
    United States
  • Riverbend Film Festival
    Goshen, IN
    United States
    May 5, 2018
    Indiana Premiere
  • Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg, FL
    United States
    April 27, 2018
  • Ocean Coast Film Festival
    Lavra, Matosinhos
    April 7, 2018
  • San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio, TX
    United States
    August 3, 2018
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    Alabama Premiere
  • Knox Film Festival
    Knoxville, TN
    United States
Director Biography - Matthew Herbertz

Matthew Herbertz is an award-winning filmmaker from Indianapolis, IN. He received his undergraduate degree in TV/Film from DeSales University and went on to receive his MFA in Film and Video Production at Ohio University. He is the co-founder of the independent production company, Kiltered Productions, with friend and artistic collaborator, Ross Morin.

Matthew has written and directed narrative, documentary, and experimental short films that have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. In addition to his work as an independent filmmaker, Matthew has worked as a cinematographer, assistant director, producer, and gaffer on a number of short and feature films. His most recent short film, Relax (2018), began its tour on the film festival circuit in spring 2018 and has screened at 10 festivals so far including the DC Independent Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, and NewFilmmakers NY.

Matthew currently lives in Lakeland, Florida where he works as an active independent filmmaker and a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Florida Southern College teaching film and video production and studies. He has taught film and video production courses in cinematography, editing, sound, lighting, producing and screenwriting, as well as the art of storytelling and visual communication. Matthew's film theory courses tend to focus on the topics of representation of gender, violence, and religion in cinema and television.

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Director Statement

Relax is about the desperation of feeling unheard or dismissed. The film explores how these feelings, now overwhelming in our political lives, can cause out-of-control situations in which everyone loses.