Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

"A Corrupt Power Dynamic" Short Film Showcase

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It is certainly cliché to say that power corrupts, and avoiding that cliché made me second, third, and fourth-guess myself about the ties that bind these short films into a coherent block. Despite my hesitance, I went with the cliché to an extent. First of all, as we are seeing quite plainly these last few months, as an idea it certainly holds up. Second of all, these films are not just about power in isolation. They are about the dynamics at play when one person or group of people has power over another. How does each party react to the ways that power is wielded, and how aware are they that the power dynamic even exists in the first place? These questions can lead to heaps of anxiety, plenty of pain, and a whole host of tragic consequences. That is what I thought when exploring these particular titles.

Two coworkers contemplate the aftermath of an encounter.


"One of the most creative and important pieces of cinema I've seen all year." -Sterling Anno


Director: Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director and the Founder of CongestedCat Productions. She focuses on character-driven narrative projects that explore social issues through horror and humor.

Her work, consisting of over a dozen short films, a web series, and

two feature films, has screened at film festivals around the world and

gained a large online following through multiple crowdfunding campaigns

and coverage on press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed. Through

a desire to support other filmmakers, she works for Seed&Spark as the

Head of Education, teaching and empowering creators to build their

audience and get their work made and seen.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    6 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Christina Raia
  • Screenwriter
    Kelsey Rauber
  • Producer
    Christina Raia, Kelsey Rauber
  • Cast
    Nabil Vinas, Briana Swann
  • Cinematographer
    Peter Westervelt
  • Editor
    Matt Gershowtiz
  • Production Design
    Shivanna Sooknanan
  • Sound Design
    Frank Huang