Abasement, 2020, 5:58
A man alienated from his life is stalked by shadowy creatures who try to lure him into the abyss.

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Cast & Crew

  • Man: Sam Breslin Wright
  • Woman: Amanda Fox
  • Director of Photography, color grade: Jake Gorr
  • Edited by: Sasa Jokic
  • Assistant Director, grip: Trip Collins
  • Location sound mixer: Joe Haege
  • Sound edit, mix: John Washburn
  • Script supervisor: Sarah Blumrich
  • Written, produced, directed by: John Washburn

Recognition

  • Lifft India Filmotsav WorldCine Fest: Winner, Best Horror
  • Austin After Dark: Nominated Best Micro-short, Best Cinematography
  • Independent Horror Awards: Nominated Best Director, Best Atmosphere
  • Diabolical Horror Film Festival: Nominated Best Sound
  • IndieFest: Winner, Award of Recognition
  • Onkyo Awards: Finalist
  • Nevada Shorts Festival: Official Selection
  • Oregon Scream Week: Official Selection
  • Wallachia International Film Festival: Official Selection
  • Monthly Indie Shorts: Official Selection

Director Statement

Like many storytellers, I’m drawn to genre as a lens to tell human stories from outside of conventional experience. I made this film because I wanted to cinematically express the visceral feeling of rudderless terror that seems to define so much about “adulting.”

I was interested in exploring how our protagonist, played by the brilliant and fearless Sam Breslin Wright (Madam Secretary, The Beaver, Rescue Me) sees his illusion of choice and control evaporate as he is lured into an abyss by foggy shadows. The title plays with the dual meaning of “abasement” as in a basement, and meaning to be abased or degraded.

At the center of the movie he stares down his reflection as a slightly banal person who’s life has passed him by. There’s something poignant about that private moment, especially knowing that he is not really alone and also suspecting what will befall him.