The New Year

A mysterious woman lets Dave live out the years of his past, but things turn sour when his choices are reset with each New Year. Based on the short story "Happy Old Year" by Tim Pratt.

  • Benjamin DeHart
  • Brock Lewandowski
  • David Root
    Director of Photography
  • Jacob Buchholz
    Key Cast
  • Rosie Sullivan
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dark, Thriller, Science Fiction, Adaptation, Horror, Suspense, Narrative
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Double Image Film Festival
    Hazel Park, MI
    United States
    December 4, 2016
    Winner: Judge's Choice/Official Selection
  • East Lansing Film Festival
    East Lansing, MI
    United States
    November 5, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Premiere Screening at Celebration Cinemas
    Lansing, MI
    United States
    May 19, 2016
Director Biography - Benjamin DeHart

Benjamin DeHart is a film student in his junior year of college. He has been making films for several years now, including one that won Best Action Film at the 2015 Spartan Film Festival at Michigan State University. He has a background in theatre as well and as an actor, he has been featured in two episodes of TruTv's competition show "Fake Off".

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Director Statement

The New Year is a film based off author Tim Pratt’s short story “Happy Old Year”, whom I reached out to in the hopes of making a short film based on it - and to my surprise he responded that very night.

The New Year is a story that deals with the idea of reliving your past to fix the things that you regret - and how futile an endeavor that really is. One can only move forward with the the lessons they’ve learned, and if you hold on to the past, that’s where you will get stuck.

Creating The New Year was a testament to the passion that myself and the cast/crew felt towards creating an independent project that was as good as we could make it. An incredible investment of time and talent went into this film for about five months of production. I am humbled and very proud of everyone involved, and it’s them that made the film what it is.