The Deadbeat

After the sudden death of her pet hamster, young Dottie convinces her moody nihilist older brother Ned to take her to a fortune teller who claims he can raise pets from the dead.

  • Edward Heffernan
  • Edward Heffernan
  • Nancy Hays
  • Walt Arnett
  • Edward Heffernan
  • George Wendt
    Key Cast
  • Caroline Heffernan
    Key Cast
    Chicago Med
  • Richard Henzel
    Key Cast
    Groundhog Day
  • Nick Shine
    Key Cast
  • Charlie Babbo
    Key Cast
    Chicago Fire
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Edward Heffernan

Edward Heffernan is a filmmaker, writer, and actor from Chicago. Ed's films have won awards at domestic and international film festivals including the Nashville Film Festival, Indie Fest, and the California Film Awards. Ed is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Second City's Harold Ramis Film School and Stanford University.

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Director Statement

After graduating from college with a degree in English, I moved back into my childhood bunkbed. No job, no future prospects, I would lie in that bunkbed at night and wonder if my dreams were pointless and my life was totally meaningless. It was...

Very silly. Here I was, college educated, safe, warm, dry, and yet contemplating "nothingness". So, in order to capture the silliness of my predicament, I decided to write a short comedy script.

In The Deadbeat, a young man finds guidance in an especially unusual way, by taking his younger sister to a pet resurrection.