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  (in credits order)

Paul Reubens ... Bennett Ferryman

Janina Gavankar ... Detective Hostetler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete Chekvala ... Karl Brant

Fay Masterson ... Monica Brant

Jon Sklaroff ... Detective Tomaso

Directed by
M. Francis Wilson  (as M.F. Wilson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
M. Francis Wilson  (as M.F. Wilson)

Produced by
Laura Boersma .... associate producer
Andrew Cava .... co-producer
Scott M. Davids .... producer
Neil Ellice .... producer
Seth Kleinberg .... co-producer
Jonathan Krauss .... executive producer
Frank Sweeny .... executive producer
Joan Sweeny .... executive producer
M. Francis Wilson .... producer (as M.F. Wilson)
Original Music by
Stellita Loukas 
Deane Ogden 
Cinematography by
Brett Pawlak 
Film Editing by
Dave Cory 
Scott M. Davids 
Casting by
Matthew Lessall 
Production Design by
Gustaf Aspegren 
Art Direction by
Callie Andreadis 
Costume Design by
J.R. Hawbaker 
Makeup Department
Chris Mills III .... special makeup effects artist
Marta Topolska .... makeup artist
Cristina Waltz .... makeup department head
Sound Department
Michael Ciacco .... dialogue editor
Rob King .... sound designer
Philip Saa .... boom operator
Fred Schultz .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Seth Kleinberg .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Arata .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Chris Arata)
Katrina Marcinowski .... still photographer
Don Thiel .... texture videographer
Editorial Department
Luke Guidici .... additional editor
Avi Horn .... first assistant editor
David-Aaron Waters .... colorist
Other crew
Aaron Becker .... title designer: main titles
James Balmaine .... very special thanks
Jaque Balmaine .... very special thanks
Jack Chimento .... very special thanks
Robert Chimento .... very special thanks
Marilyn Fordney .... thanks
Sandor Havasi .... thanks
Tarik Heitmann .... special thanks
Agi Orsi .... very special thanks
Andrew Rywak .... very special thanks
Patricia Rywak .... very special thanks
Matt Sweeny .... very special thanks
James Thomas .... thanks
Steve Van Doern .... very special thanks
Jay Wilson .... very special thanks

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Very professionally put together but just doesn't impact to the extent it feels like it should, 27 March 2014
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Although it is "just" a short film, it must be said that Karl Brant never really feels like it is limited by anything. Visually, casting, themes and scale all feel like a bigger film and if you were dropped into it unknowingly I doubt you would say it was anything other than a feature or a show. The plot sees a neurologist murdered but his memories and therefore his "self" fully accessible via a machine he had been working on with this partner. This machine is used during police interrogations but introduces a moral aspect when they consider what to do with this talking "evidence".

The film is very well made and to speak of its strengths one must admit that the cinematography is great, the effects strong and the general production (sets, costumes, sound) is very good. This is added to by the cast since you will have seen everyone somewhere else – although you'll have seen more of some than others, if you get my meaning. Chekvala is solid in the title role but the casting of Paul "Pee-Wee" Reubens, Janina "True Blood" Gavankar and Jon "guest in every crime TV show you've seen" Skaroff really is where the film adds to the sense of this being a big deal.

All of this is probably why it disappoints so much when it fails to really make an impact. The ideas are all there but they are simply presented and concluded while, at the same time, the investigation unfolds in a most unremarkable way. The tone is brooding and slow, which I liked, but this didn't seem to be enough by itself and really there was not too much else behind this; even the conclusion didn't make as much of an impact as it could have done if it had been worked more effectively. It is a shame because the film looks and feels really professional in pretty much every regard, it is only when it comes to the actual delivery and impact of the story where it somehow falls short.

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