POOLSIDE

ALONE AT THE POOL..

MULTI-AWARD WINNING ART HOUSE MID-MOD SHORT FILM - NOW SCREENING IN SELECT FILM FESTIVALS!

ABOUT THE FILM

Release Date: January 21, 2021
Written By:   Erik Schuessler
Directed By:  Alex Kinter & Erik Schuessler
Starring:       Anne Beyer, Oscar Seung, Jeff Plunk
Genre:           Indie, Thriller, Suspense
Time:           17min / 17:33
Studio:         Kinter Media, Food Dance Films
Rating:          Not Yet Rated

POOLSIDE accounts the haunting moments of a 1950's high society woman struggling with keeping her sanity while isolated at her indoor pool. The idealistic background acts as a stark contrast to the dark concepts, swimming through this candid unraveling of a woman alone, trying to understand the voices she hears underwater. . Self-doubt, addiction, loss, and fear are just a few of the emotions she struggles with while coming to terms with her unimaginable situation.

Meg Stephens is a 1950's high society housewife who put her dreams aside for her family but is left to fend for herself with the aid of alcohol, Librium and Valium, and her own mental stability in a massive modern home with a golf course view. While swimming in her upscale, indoor pool, she begins to hear voices.

She decides to find out why she hears voices. Even Emma, the cleaning lady, refused to continue her work there after her horrifying experiences while alone in the house. Jeff Murphy is ready to sell his house to a lovely couple, Austin and Sarah Peterson, and will not let stories of a woman dying years ago affect this transaction.


All of these stories come together through the clockwork automated home that acts as the backdrop to a classic story about space, time, and the spirits left to repeat their last moments.


Location History

A beautiful custom built home from 1958 for Mr. and Mrs. John Chester. A fine example of suburban Mid century design and quality that was restored to the original look and feel of the house when it was first constructed. The home was designed by Boatwright & Thompson and was built by Sebastian construction. It took $189,000 to design and construct the theme in 1958. So that would put it roughly at 2.2 million today.

Nov 17, 1958
Dallas Morning News Article | Section 3 - barharborcircle.clients.brainfood.com/?page_id=17

Location Photos: http://barharborcircle.clients.brainfood.com

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1958

Mid Century Design

189,000

To Build & Construct

2,000,000

2 Million USD Today

OFFICIAL TRAILER


Directors: Alex Kinter, Erik Schuessler

Writer/Screenplay: Erik Schuessler

Producers: Denise Parks, Todd Parks

Associate Producer: Elizabeth Parks

Executive Producers:
Alex Kinter, Erik Schuessler
Jose Luis Partida

Co-Executive Producers:
Michael Ciancio, Judy Ciancio, Adrian Trent, Matt Shanahan


CREW
Camera Operator: Jared Deer
Jib Operator: Josh Sherrell
Gaffer/Grip: Trey Garrison
Stylist: Andrew Bayer
Hair/MUA: Douglas Atkinson
Sound Mixer: Brandon Bahn
Composer: Darius Holbert
Boom Operator: Brandon Bahn
Surround Mixer: German Roumat
Sound Design: Ernesto Suarez

Photographer: Keith Allgeier
Editor: Erik Schuessler, Alex Kinter
Production Assistant: Keith, Allgeier,
Steven Salinas, Caleb Packer


CAST
Anne Beyer as Meg Stephens
Oscar Seung as Jeff Murphy
Jennifer Kristin as Sarah Peterson
Adam Luttrull as Austin Peterson
Giovannie Cruz as Emma

Produced by: Kinter Media, Brainfood, Food Dance Films
Special Thanks to Access Media Productions

In Memory of Erik Schuessler
1972-2018

CAST / ACTORS


Anne Beyer
IMDb


Oscar Seung
IMDb


Jennifer Kristin
IMDb


Adam Luttrull
IMDb





OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Indie Shorts Awards New York - NYC
Indie Shorts Awards Cannes - France
Prague International Film Festival - Czech Republic
Global Indie Film Fest - Glasgow, Scotland
Andromeda Film Festival - Istanbul, Turkey
Milan Gold Awards - Italy
New York Movie Awards - NYC
Florence Film Awards - France
FilmHaus - Berlin, Germany
Indiecinema Film Festival - Roma, Italy

NOMINATIONS - FINALIST

Indie Short Fest - Best Thriller Short - Los Angeles, CA 1/21 - Won
Lisbon Film Rendezvous - Finalist - Lisbon, Portugal - In Consideration
Prague International Monthly Film Festival - Finalist - Prauge, Czech Republic - In Consideration

AWARDS - MULTI-AWARD WINNER


Indie Short Fest
- Best Thriller Short, Jury Award of Excellence

Independent Shorts Awards -
Platinum Award for Best Mystery Short, Gold Award for Best First Time Director, Gold Award for Best Cinematography,

Best Film of the Month (Runner-up)

IndieX Film Fest - Award of Excellence (Special Mention), Best Women Short

Hollywood Blvd Film Festival - Best Experimental Short Film

Houston WorldFest 54th - Platinum Remi Award for Best Suspense / Thriller Short

European Cinematography Awards - Best Cinematographer

Art Film Awards - Best Short Film

Best Indie Film Award - Best Indie Experimental Film (Short)

Andromeda Film Festival - Best Short Film

Milan Gold Awards - Silver Award for Indie Short Film

New York Movie Awards - Best Indie Short Film

Florence Film Awards - Honorable Mention for Indie Short Film

FilmHaus - Honorable Mention

Best Director Award - Gold Award for Best 1st Time Director of a Short

Across The Globe Film Festival - Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography,

Best Editing, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Music

 

REFERENCES

https://indieshortfest.com/2021/02/07/award-winners-of-february-2021/
https://indieshortfest.com/award-winners-february-2021/
https://independentshortsawards.com/2021/02/20/award-winners-of-january-2021/
https://independentshortsawards.com/award-winners-january-2021/
https://independentshortsawards.com/gold-awards-january-2021/
https://indiexfest.com/award-winners-february-2021/
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https://artfilmawards.com/january-2021-1
https://milangoldawards.com/january-2021
https://newyorkmovieawards.com/january-2021
https://florencefilmawards.com/january-2021
https://indieshortfest.com/2021/02/06/february-2021-the-nominees-for-best-film-of-the-month/
https://www.indieshortsawards.com/cannes/quarterly-festival/
https://www.indieshortsawards.com/newyork/quarterly-festival/
https://www.lisbonfilmrendezvous.com/
https://andromedafilmfestival.yolasite.com/
https://bestfilmawards.com/best-film-awards/best-indie-film-award
http://gifilmfest.com/short-films-screening-on-giff-2021/
http://gifilmfest.com/short-films-screening-on-giff-2021/poolside/
https://www.filmhaus.org/feb2021-results.html
https://bestdirectoraward.com/
https://www.acrosstheglobefilmfestival.com/march-2021
https://www.hollywoodblvdfilmfestival.com/winners-march-2021
https://www.latinpost.com/articles/149992/20210419/latino-director-and-cinematographer-receives-international-awards-for-poolside-short.htm
http://europe.cawards.org/winners-march-2021/
https://worldfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2021WFH54FINALS.5.01.2021A.pdf

 

 

 


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