Private Project


A woman faces the maternal struggles of expectations and reality, revealing her deepest emotions and pains.

  • Chadd Alciati
  • Chadd Alciati
  • Ethan Paisley
  • Molly Ratermann
    Key Cast
  • Chris Ginesi
    Key Cast
    I (Almost) Got Away with It
  • Evan Weidenkeller
    Dreams We Share
  • Vanessa Woo
    Grip & Electrical
    Real Artists
  • Aleksandra Seiger
    Grip & Electrical
  • Alba Roland
    Grip & Electrical
    A Wake
  • Kyle Friend
    Misc Crew
  • Georgia Lee
    Misc Crew
  • Gigi D'Elia
    Art Department
  • Angel Onchanthorn
    Dreams We Share
  • Dylan Dixon
  • Zach Bellin
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 9, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Hong Kong FILMART
    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
    March 18, 2018
    Market Screening
  • Nice International Film Festival
    May 5, 2018
    World Premiere
    Best Drama
  • Cannes Film Festival (Court Métrage)
    May 14, 2018
    Market Screening
Director Biography - Chadd Alciati

Chadd Alciati is currently a student at the Marin School of the Arts, who is also taking pre-college courses at the Academy of Arts for screenwriting. He has made quarterfinalists for the BlueCat Screenplay Competition for his short script A Eulogy. Today, he is working on a feature-length screenplay with another talented writer for the Eating Disorder Resource Center to hopefully create a script for prospective producers.

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Director Statement

Ten to twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriages. It is shockingly common, yet such taboo; people don’t talk about it and are supposed to pretend that it never happened. Miscarriages have affected my family personally and have inspired me to explore the topic deeper. A very vivid memory from my childhood was watching as my older cousin was wheeled out of a restaurant in tears. The whole concept of childbirth was a grey area for me, just like it would be for any eight year-old. The only thing I knew for certain was that she had a baby inside of her and then, all of a sudden, she didn’t. Reflecting on that subject now, I realized that after that day, nobody ever spoke to her about the miscarriage. It was as if it was forgotten.

“Wilted” is important, because it takes viewers on a personal journey through a woman’s life, not just as an expecting mother, but as a wife and a daughter. It will the show the reality of this tragic event and just how unexpected and abrupt it can be. We are able to see the woman’s life before: the happiness and hopefulness that pregnancy brings. We are also able to see the woman’s life after: the heartbreak and misery that the loss of a child invokes.

I believe the cinematic style of close-ups and P.O.V.s only further the intimacy of our relationship with this woman. The audience experiences her emotional reactions with only the sight of what she can see, almost placing the viewer in her shoes. I hope that “Wilted” will stimulate conversation and feelings that will no longer be forbidden and hushed.