TIFF 2016: Trailer Debut for Cul-de-Sac Short Film
With Cul-de-Sac set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 9th, the short film’s trailer has been released on BitTorrent Now, and you can check it out right here!
Cul-de-Sac hails from the team behind the Oscar-winning short Curfew, and while it’s more thriller than pure horror, it still seems like it will hit all our happy buttons. Let us know what you think!
From the Press Release:
What happens when a married couple in all-too-perfect suburbia find a strange, disturbing surprise inside their toddler’s teddy bear?
It’s a simple story that opens the door to a host of complex endings and invokes the kind of lingering, uncomfortable suspense that director Damon Russell and writer Shawn Christensen have made themselves known for. Christensen stars with Phoebe Tonkin (“The Originals”), Michael Drayer, Dina Shihabi, Ryan Willard, and Joe Perrino.
The duo behind the Oscar-winning Curfew make their return to the art of short film with their latest stunner, Cul-de-Sac, a twisted and crafty thriller that combines a Stepford Wives vibe with 60’s Soviet spy paranoia and their own unique vision. Beyond the story itself, Cul-de-Sac reaffirms Russell and Christensen’s commitment to short film, a medium that can feel like a dying art but that the pair are determined to keep breathing life into.
The duo have been carrying the torch in short film for some time now. Best known for their work in Before I Disappear, Curfew, and Snow on Tha Bluff, unlike many in Hollywood, they aren’t creating short films as a stepping stone to directing the next blockbuster. What sets them apart is their passion for the power of short story and the freedom that comes with it.
“Once you get into finances and insurance and people looking over your shoulder, these are just things that don’t happen in short films. There really is no pressure; there really are no rules… The first time I discovered video cameras as a child, making movies with stuffed animals, GI Joes, whatever, it’s the same feeling of using the people and whatever’s around us to make a story. It’s the same feeling as playing in the backyard as a kid.”