POISON

Two friends, ensnared by darkness, battle their inner demons to find courage through light

  • XIomara Bernard
    Director
    Night
  • Xiomara Bernard
    Writer
    Night
  • Xiomara Bernard, Allison Chaney, Erin Okamoto, Nyri Yaghoobian, Brian Chi Fan
    Producer
    Night
  • Christina Fuursted
    Key Cast
  • Xiomara Bernard
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Mystery
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • London Independent Film Awards 2017
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 13, 2017
    European Premiere
  • International Vampire Film and Arts Festival 2017
    Sighisoara
    Romania
    May 26, 2017
  • Lift-Off Global Network-Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    September 3, 2017
    Online
Director Biography - XIomara Bernard

Xiomara Bernard is mostly known in the independent film community as an actor. She recently started a production company, Theophilus Films, with her producing partners (Allison Chaney and Erin Okamoto). Their storytelling links self-empowerment with fantasy, ambience and a touch of Gothic flare, being warriors of light. NIGHT was the first short film Bernard wrote, produced and directed. It received an Audience Choice Award Nomination at the Los Angeles "Independent Filmmakers' Showcase Festival" (2016) in the short film category. POISON is Bernard's second short film. It recently got selected to compete as an Official Selection at the "London Independent Film Awards", January competition (2017) and selected as an Official Selection at the "International Vampire Film and Arts Festival" (2017).

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Director Statement

I've always been obsessed with ghost stories, especially in the world of vampires. This one also came to me in a vision when I meditated on a beach. The original title was called "Sky", but "Poison" spoke to me more when I was listening to Vaults, and it just suited to the character's struggle in her journey very well.