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WINNER: BEST HORROR FILM @ Official Latino Shorts Fest and WINNER: EXPO FILM AWARD @ Latino Comics Expo: Brownsville
Nominated for BEST SHORT @ Long Beach Indie Fest!!

From award-winning film director Reynier Molenaar (Replay/2007), comes an eerie look at the last days of mankind. STRAIN follows two survivors of the zombie apocalypse who must travel across ground zero -- an abandoned Los Angeles -- to deliver important biological samples.

BRIDE is a battle-weary and jaded warrior who has lost everyone and given up on people. CHRIS is a struggling optimist who is desperate for anyone he could call a friend.

When the mismatched pair discover they are being hunted, they must join forces to save their lives -- and their humanity.

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  • Reynier Molenaar
    Replay (2007 -- 7 Awards)
  • Cherub Moore
    Key Cast
  • Erich Lane
    Key Cast
  • Jay Krymis
    Key Cast
  • Reynier Molenaar
  • Reynier Molenaar
  • Keith Sam
  • Justin Scot
  • Anna Moon
    Executive Producers
  • Jay Krymis
    Executive Producers
  • Rich King
    Executive Producers
  • Reynier Molenaar
    Visual Effects
  • Clark Rhee
  • Morgan Schmidt
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Drama, Action, Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED One MX
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Official Latino Short Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    October 6, 2017
    New York Premiere
  • Latino Comics Expo: Brownsville
    Brownsville, Texas
    United States
    February 2, 2018
  • Cleveland Concontion Film Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio
    United States
    March 1, 2019
  • CineSol Film Festival
    San Padre Island, Texas
    United States
    November 17, 2018
  • Bali International Short Film Festival
    September 1, 2018
    Asia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Chandler International Film Festival
    Chandler, Arizona
    United States
    January 15, 2018
  • Galacticurt Film Festival
    December 19, 2017
  • InShort Film Festival
    December 15, 2017
  • Culver City Film Festival
    Culver City, California
    United States
    December 8, 2017
    Culver City Premiere
  • DreadFest Horror Film Festival
    North Bend, Washington
    United States
    October 28, 2017
  • Fake Flesh Film Festival
    Banff, Alberta
    October 27, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
  • Big Terror Film Festival
    Marietta, Ohio
    United States
    October 1, 2017
  • Asbury Short Film Concert
    Fryeburg, Maine
    United States
    November 11, 2016
  • Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival
    Long Beach, California
    United States
    August 31, 2016
    Los Angeles Premiere
  • Comicpalooza
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    June 17, 2016
Director Biography - Reynier Molenaar

Reynier Molenaar is an international award-winning film director. Recent clients include J.Lo, Metallica, Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros, TBS, the NBA, IMAX and Disney.

Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the South Bronx, Reynier worked his way into the New York film scene by specializing in narrative and visual storytelling, often writing his own creative and supervising visual effects on his productions.

Notable works include his original branded short for Disney’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, winner of the Western Region Director’s Award; the music video LAUNDROMAT for Hotel Eden, winner at Oaktown Music Fest; the short film REPLAY, which won 5 awards, screened at 16 festivals and premiered on television through PBS; and his latest short film STRAIN, selected for 15 festivals and winner at the Latino Comics Expo and the Official Latino Shorts Fest.

Reynier has directed campaigns with such greats as Metallica, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Greg Kinnear, Wilmer Valderrama, Mario Lopez, Yesi Ortiz, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin and Steve Carell, to name a few. His clients include Disney, TBS, TNT, Warner Bros, NUVOtv, Converse, Current TV, VEVO, the NBA and IMAX, among others.

You can find his work featured in ADWEEK, NOTCOT, LESTERBANKS and INDIEWIRE.

Reynier began his studio career with Fox Searchlight Pictures, where he produced original content for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, Richard Linklater’s FAST FOOD NATION, Timur Bekmambetov’s DAY WATCH, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, THE NAMESAKE, Danny Boyle’s SUNSHINE, and over 20 other feature films.

Reynier also enjoys still photography and graphic design, for which he has won the Design Firms, Flashloaded, and CHP awards. In his desire to give back, he has been a guest lecturer at the California Institute of the Arts, the International School St. Lucia, West LA College, and the Professional Performing Arts School. He now lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and their loving pooch. For his latest reel, check out:

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