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.

A teen girl's walk home turns into a surreal nightmare.

This film exemplifies the notion of taking a familiar theme (the fear of walking alone at night) and making it fresh through the execution. Not only is it filled with startling and bizarre imagery, but more importantly--purpose and personal expression. The Three Men You Meet At Night takes genuine anxiety and communicates it with the art of cinema, and it is that genuineness that comes through and makes us feel it, too. -Miguel

"The climax was legitimately terrifying to me." -Programmer Ashlea Wessel

Director and Screenwriter: Beck Kitsis (she/her) is a filmmaker focused on developing emotionally-charged social impact stories. Selected as a 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellow, a 2019 Women at Sundance Financing Intensive Fellow, and a member of Film at Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy at the 2019 New York Film Festival, Beck is currently co-writing and producing Strawberry Summer, which has received support from the Sundance Institute, Cinereach, the Department of Motion Pictures, and Ruth Ann Harnisch. Beck’s short film The Three Men You Meet at Night (2020 Maryland Film Festival) is currently playing festivals and will be released by Gunpowder & Sky/ALTER later this year.

Her music and music videos have been featured in several publications, including NYLON, Pitchfork, and Stereogum. She also recently signed on to write/direct an episode of television TBA. Her producing credits include The Rat (dir. Carlen May-Mann, 2019 Sundance Film Festival), as well as Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Martha Shane’s feature documentary Narrowsburg (2019 Camden International Film Festival, DOC NYC), and a short 16mm film entitled The Inconceivable Mountain (dir. Daniel Witkin, 2019 NoBudge - Best Films of the Year).

Beck graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Film Studies and East Asian Studies: Chinese Language, Literature, and Film.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    13 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Beck Kitsis
  • Screenwriter
    Beck Kitsis
  • Producer
    Albert Tholen, Carlen May-Mann, Kay Sorin
  • Cast
    Stella Baker, Barron Leung, Walker Hare, Tom Martin, Matthew Jarzyna, Emily Olcott, Ezra Moran, and Michael Moran
  • Cinematographer
    Adam Kolodny
  • Editor
    Chris McNabb
  • Production Design
    Mariah Rachel Burke
  • Composer
    Philip Eberhart
  • Music
    Alice Cohen, Decisions, Wet Leather