Stuck In Mute

The story of a young woman whose Selective Mutism disorder causes her to live in a world of isolation. She struggles to find her way in a society that demands she speak. It's not until making unlikely friends with a young boy that she begins to realize that every word counts.

  • Shane Meuwissen
    Director
  • Shane Meuwissen
    Writer
  • Alex Kohnstamm
    Producer
  • Katie Kleiger
    Key Cast
  • Molly Ryman
    Key Cast
  • Sara Marsh
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED DRAGON
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:40
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Minneapolis Int'l Film Festival
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    April 16, 2016
    Local Premiere
  • Apex Short Film Festival
    Rochester, Minnesota
    May 1, 2016
    Best Film Award
  • Wild Rose Film Festival
    Des Moines, Iowa
    May 15, 2016
  • Sanford International Film Festival
    Sanford, Maine
    May 25, 2016
  • Duluth Superior Film Festival
    Duluth, MN
    United States
    June 4, 2016
  • Snake Alley Film Festival
    Burlington, Iowa
    United States
    June 23, 2016
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    Long Island, New York
    United States
    July 14, 2016
Director Biography - Shane Meuwissen

Shane is a filmmaker based in Minneapolis. He mastered in film at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He successfully crowdfunded his latest short film Stuck In Mute, currently being shown at film festivals around the world.

His work has been called “thought-provoking and emotionally honest”.

Shane is working on his first feature length screenplay, Dreams of Dying, a film that explores the rituals of death in modern society.

Filmography:
Short Film - Stuck In Mute (2016) - Director/Writer
Short Film - Bus Stop Waltz (2015) - Director/Writer
Short Film - Lost In Memories (2014) - Director/Writer

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Director Statement

I believe that film is an opportunity to take people out of their normal mundane world's and draw them into a new world.

In my latest film, 'Stuck In Mute', I've exposed people to a world of silence, showing them the struggle of living in a world where words are not just a luxury, but a necessity.

If people can walk away from my film feeling something, happiness, sadness, hope, etc. Then I feel like I've made a meaningful film.