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When a junkyard worker comes across a dead dog in her family's property, a burning sense of obligation compels her to give it a proper burial.

  • Daniel de Lacerda e Drummond
    A Foreman, Chiaroscuro
  • Daniel de Lacerda e Drummond
    A Foreman, Chiaroscuro
  • Aaron Fink
  • Connor Vickers
    Director of Photography
    A Foreman
  • Hayden Spriggs
    A Foreman
  • Piercey Dalton
    Key Cast
    A Foreman, The Open House, Chocolate, Duke
  • Michael Maino
    Key Cast
  • Travis Hammer
    Key Cast
    True Detective, The Leftovers, Ray Donovan, Westworld, Godless, Independence Day: Resurgence,
  • Valerie Yu
    Key Cast
    This is Us, Yellowstone
  • Amy Argyle
    Key Cast
    Frank & Lola, Gone
  • James T. Lawson II
    Key Cast
  • Ryan Dalton
    Key Cast
    "Sanitation Worker"
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    27 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
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    United States
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    Digital 4K
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Director Biography - Daniel de Lacerda e Drummond

Daniel Drummond is an award-winning Brazilian director, writer and animator.

His animation debut, “Chiaroscuro”, won a Student Academy Award in 2015, qualifying for the 88th Oscars and screening in international festivals such as Annecy and Anima Mundi.

His live-action debut, “A Foreman”, earned him a second nomination for the Student Academy Awards in 2017 and played numerous festivals, winning a Special Jury Mention at the historic Guadalajara International Film Festival, and the Panavision Future Filmmaker Award at Hollyshorts.

In 2018, Daniel saw his graduate thesis film “Rust” selected for the Berlin International Film Festival script lab. The film went on the receive production grants from the Annenberg Foundation, the Caucus Foundation and the Leo Freedman Foundation.

He is currently developing his first feature.

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Director Statement

Everything around us is in a state of decay. We can see it in the mold, muck and grime. "Rust" is about what happens when our bodies become the norm rather than the exception.

The seed of the film was a single image: a man, kneeling by a dog, surrounded by the twisted metal of a auto salvage scrapyard.

The striking image, which I witnessed years ago in my native Brazil, never left me. Yet I couldn’t pinpoint what exactly conjured it back into my mind every so often. The story of "Rust" came from trying to understand the forces that brought that person to that place at that time.