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I'm sure when you hear that these are "Isolation" short films, you will immediately think about the isolation at home during this pandemic. That is actually true for some of them--a couple were even filmed while on lockdown. That is not all of them, though. I was thinking of this theme long before we know what COVID-19 was. We have a short film block about relationships, and we have another one about family. This one is about the absence of either, and it is something that is personally quite terrifying to me. We also are asking a question with at least two of the short films (VR Food and Jeff Drives You): is it still isolation when one's company is a machine? See what you think!

On a stormy night in a cramped decrepit apartment, 1973, a traumatized man seeking solace and structure through meditative drawing grapples with rabid anxieties as order and chaos collide and overtake him in this psychedelic trip of a film. Part narrative psycho-thriller, part audio-visual spectacle, one technicolor nightmare. Take the trip.

It is always a delight to try to write a response to a film and be completely confounded with the task of finding the right words to communicate the experience of the art. Optic Nerve, really a visual trip through a warped mindscape, certainly fits that bill. Don't think it; feel it. -Miguel

Director: Peter Hartsock was raised in Homer, NY, growing up in a stereotypically old creaky Victorian house. He attended Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts for a BFA in film, graduating in 2019. It was here that he co-founded 410 Pictures, a midnight movie production house dedicated to creating boundary breaking film content that falls into its own unique narrative space. With 410’s work he hopes to examine the absurd, bizarre, and downright terrifying in distinct cinematic worlds. Peter currently lives in Los Angeles, California, continuing to grow 410 Pictures as a bi-coastal filmmaker, hoping to leave his own distinct mark on the genre world.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Peter Hartsock
  • Screenwriter
    Peter Hartsock
  • Producer
    Peter Hartsock, Daniel Simoni, Gabriel Acosta
  • Cast
    Theodore Copeland
  • Cinematographer
    Peter Hartsock
  • Editor
    Peter Hartsock
  • Composer
    Aaron Rizzo