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.

Stumbling home from a house party at dawn, Max suffers horrific consequences after catcalling a mysterious girl on the street.


Emily Bennett, director of last year's masterful short film LVRS, returns with a new horror that was put together right at the start of the coronavirus lockdown--and in NYC, no less! Unlike a lot of pandemic-driven new content I have seen however, SMILE FOR ME is not so much influenced by the pandemic itself as it takes advantage of a city that has suddenly been emptied of its population to tell a story of brash entitlement with unremarkable disquiet and eeriness. -Miguel


Director: Award Winning Actress Emily Bennett is known for her work on NBC’s The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Justice and indie feature films King of Knives, The Groundskeeper and Resurrecting McGinns. Emily was raised in Charleston, SC and trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (3 year program).

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    7 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Emily Bennett
  • Screenwriter
    Emily Bennett
  • Cast
    Chris Werkmeister, Anna Lentz
  • Cinematographer
    Justin Brooks
  • Editor
    Justin Brooks
  • Composer
    Justin Brooks
  • Sound Design
    Travis Duffield