Synopsis: The outcast cinema student, Stephen Grace, does not drive cars due to the trauma of losing his brother in a car accident. He befriends, Quaid, who since the age of 6 has experienced dreadful nightmares and daydreams about the death of his parents. Quaid proposes they research about each one's innermost fear. Stephen sees the chance of developing an original thesis for college and invites his friend, Cheryl, to work with them. Among the interviewees, Stephen talks to his colleague, Abby who works with him in the library. Abby has a complex about the way she looks. When the work is almost complete, Quaid has an outburst at one interviewee's and ends up destroying the camera and editing equipment. Stephen begins to re-evaluate the situation.
Director(s): Anthony DiBlasi
Production: Seraphim Films
  1 nomination.
108 min

Maybe I'm not being clear enough.

Maybe I need to be honest with you

and tell you what I want.

What is it that you want?

I want your soul to open up for me.

Frustration or unhappiness are caused by

the unrealized potential in a person.

Cyrenaic hedonism

supported immediate gratification.

Even fleeting desires were encouraged

regardless of the pain or expense to others.

- Can I bum a cigarette?

- Yeah.

I don't see you

in any of the other philosophy lectures.

Ethics fulfills one of my requirements.

I'm actually a filmmaker.

Are you the real deal or someone

who thinks he's the next Scorsese

because he spent his Friday nights

at the multiplex instead of getting laid?

I'm definitely not the next Scorsese,

and I wasn't getting laid on Friday nights

for reasons far more humiliating

than being at the movies.

- Quaid.

- Stephen Grace.

- Hey.

- Hey.

The philosophy major here is shit anyways.

What we should be doing is flirting with

the subject of any worthwhile philosophy.

You know, the things we don't understand,

the things we fear,

because if we don't, then we risk...

Doesn't matter.

We risk what?

If you don't go out and find the beast,

sooner or later,

the beast will come and find you.

Well, I really don't think

I have fears that justify a two-hour lecture.

No? What's the worst thing

that's ever happened to you?

My brother, my older brother,

he died when I was 15.

How did he... How did he die?

A car accident.

He was drunk.

Losing an older sibling

must have given your life a sense of frailty.

Come on. No fear of your own mortality?

No, there's not fear.

It was anger, and it was sadness.

Not fear. Fear would've been selfish.

I'm telling you, I lead a pretty dull life.

Fear doesn't cross my path very often.

- Okay, I'll drop it.

- Thank you.

That's me missing my train.

That's like the 10th time

that alarm's gone off since I've met you.

- I'm just being practical. I...

- Maybe you're afraid to live.

Hey, wake up, honey. We're home.

You tired, baby?

What storybook do you want tonight?

Can I help you?

I was in an accident,

and I need to use your phone.

I'm sorry. My phone is not working.

You'll have to go somewhere else.

Sarah! Sarah! Get out of the house!



This is your mother,

your father.

- Hey.

- Hey.

I didn't sleep well.

Calculus or ethics?

I went out.

- You don't go out when I ask.

- I didn't plan it.

Just... Just kind of happened.

Stephen, there's a police officer here.

He asked me if I knew

where you were last night.

- So much for the golden future, son.

- That's funny.

What are you doing here?

I want you to come by my place tonight.

- Is that everything?

- Yeah.

For what?

I want to talk to you about something.


- What, why don't you just tell me now?

- No, I can't. I gotta go.

Come after work. 64 Pilgrim Street.

- Change.

- Thanks.

Nice to meet you.

Cool birthmark, by the way.

That's it for today.

It's good.

The painting? It's a hobby.

- You have any others?

- No.

I trash them when I'm done.

I can't stand all these eyes staring at me.

Let me change.

So... So, I've been thinking

about something.

So, you've heard of Kinsey, right?


- The guy who did the sex studies.

- Yeah. What if we did a fear study?

Compile a survey on people's fears

and what causes them.

You have access to equipment

through the film program, right?

- And you need a project for your thesis.

- Yeah.

Call it an experiment in catharsis.

To live another's dread vicariously,

that's the...

That's the safest way to touch the beast.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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