What Has Been

A woman looking for a clean break from her difficult past buys an old home. She's hoping for peace, but what she finds is that the home has a past of its own. Will history repeat itself?

  • Elaine Clark
    Director
  • Elaine Clark
    Writer
  • Elaine Clark
    Producer
  • Torben Bernhard
    Director of Photography
  • Cate Allen
    Key Cast
  • Lonzo Liggins
    Key Cast
  • Jeanette Puhich
    Key Cast
  • Carrie Sherlock
    Key Cast
  • Lucas Palmer
    Key Cast
  • Eli Forbes
    Key Cast
  • Cole Donehoo
    Production Assistants
  • Quin Donehoo
    Production Assistants
  • Alex Thompson
    Production Assistants
  • Chad Thompson
    Production Assistants
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 18 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Demon Chaser Film Fest
    Salt Lake City
    United States
Director Biography - Elaine Clark

Elaine Clark has been in radio since 2004 (RadioWest), and in 2014 started taking on video projects (VideoWest). All of this thanks to KUER 90.1, NPR Utah.

Elaine is a Hoosier, and studied Folklore and Germanic Studies at Indiana University. She earned a Master's degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah, which included a year of academic research and work for an education NGO in the West Bank. In her free time, Elaine dreams about her former days as a rugby fullback, wanders the desert and mountains with her husband and stepdaughter, and, as a self-confessed history nerd, reads 19th century newspapers and census records for sport.

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Director Statement

This story is true ... well, partially true. The mirror was broken when I first toured my house. It's also true I've never felt more at peace anywhere. I've also felt many troubling things here. That's life.

There was a suicide in my bathroom nearly a century ago. I've changed things, left out the name ... because the dead deserve to be at peace. I think she is. I don't believe in ghosts, and I think she would have revealed herself to me by now if there were such things. Nevertheless, I often think about her, her family, and what has occurred between these walls.