BRIEF SYNOPSIS

A vignette reflecting on the world as we pass it from generation to generation, set in a grim future where most of the world's wildlife has gone extinct due to a rampant environmental catastrophe...

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Credits

Director / Writer
Starring

Producer
Director of Photography
Editor
Music

Arthur Veenema
Charla Cochran Bocchicchio
Kalea Atkinson
Connor Rickman
Nic Edwards
Stephane Glynn
Kagan Breitenbach

SCREENINGS

12th Annual Filmmaker's Showcase
Park City, UT
Nov 9, 2016
Premiere

 
 

SYNOPSIS

 

Romance / Science Fiction - 14 mins

In a not-too-distant future, as the world outside falls apart, people can live out their lives in solitude without ever leaving the safety of their home. Everything is for sale online and brought to their doorstep, including the need for human interaction. Entanglement exists as a service to bring people together, connecting soulmates who can promise to make each others' lives whole.

CREDITS

 

Director/Writer
Starring


Director of Photography
Assistant Director
Art Director

Production Sound
Music

Arthur Veenema
Curtis Whitear
Whitney Palmer
Anna Lori Krebs
Brent Rowland
Mikkel Richardson
Hannah Weber
Sam Katz
Kagan Breitenbach

 
 

SCREENINGS


FilmQuest Film Festival
Provo, UT
September 2017

Philip K. Dick Film Festival
New York City, NY
May 2017

Phoenix Film Festival
Phoenix, AZ
May 2017

11th Annual Filmmaker's Showcase
Park City, UT
Dec 9, 2016
Premiere

 

SYNOPSIS

 

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.

 

CREDITS

Arthur Veenema
Whitney Palmer
Brent Rowland
Stephane Glynn
Sam Katz

Kagan Breitenbach
Kelly Eaton

Director/Writer
Starring
Director of Photography
Assistant Director
Production Sound
Music

Location

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

 

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.

 
 
 

SCREENINGS & AWARDS

 

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
Premiere
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

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Expressionist - 5 mins

The story of a theater projectionist living under an oppressive government, and showcasing propaganda films to the population.  Disillusioned with his position in society and the constant surveillance of his rulers, the young projectionist finds himself drawn to a mysterious girl who attends his theater.

 
 

CREDITS

Arthur Veenema
Josh Hilton
Christian Seiter
Natasha Green
Blake Webb
Joe Olivas
Mikkel Richardson
Kagan Breitenbach


 

Director/Writer
Producer
Starring


Director of Photography
Assistant Director
Music

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

 

In 2014 Contagion Machine started as an experiment in the use of light and aesthetics.  The silhouetted black-and-white style of the film derived from old German expressionist work as well as WWII propaganda.  Contagion Machine was meant to be a comment on the application of filmmaking as a means to spread dangerous ideals, and the rather unavoidable marriage between art and message.  Whether or not my ideas work within the film is another matter, but I see Contagion Machine as an early project that laid the basis for my growing understanding of film.