Science Fiction - 8 mins

Maia Long is a computer programmer evaluating a digital replication of her own mind. She notices that the machine is growing rapidly and thinking for itself. As the situation grows out of her control, Maia's interaction with her simulation casts her own individuality into doubt.



Arthur Veenema
Whitney Palmer
Brent Rowland
Stephane Glynn
Sam Katz

Kagan Breitenbach
Kelly Eaton

Director of Photography
Assistant Director
Production Sound




The Original developed as my thesis project at the University of Utah in Spring of 2015.  The premise explores our relationship between the real and the artificial, inspired by Jean Baudrillard's concept of hyperreality in his 1981 book Simulacra and Simulations.  The premise hinges upon the strange relationship that develops between a woman and her digital clone.  I seek to decipher what an emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence and the replication of the human mind, means to an individual's sense of self.




Salt Flats Film Festival
Bountiful, Utah
September 2016
Winner - Jury Prize


Utah Film Awards
Orem, Utah
March 25, 2016
Nominated - Best Actress in a Short or Series


Philip K. Dick Film Festival
New York City, New York
January 16, 2016


Underfunded Film Festival 2015
Orem, Utah
October 6, 2015
Winner Best Student Film, Nominated for Best Acting,
Nominated for Best Picture under $5000


2015 Spring Student Showcase - University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
May 10, 2015
Best Director, Best Actress



SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival
London, United Kingdom
May 2016


Indie Lounge @ Sundance
Park City, Utah
January 26, 2016


10th Annual Filmmakers Showcase
Park City, UT
November 13, 2015


FilmQuest 2015 Film Festival
Salt Lake City, UT
June 24, 2015