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Monster in a House
Drama, Horror | 13 minutes 53 seconds | 2014 | United States

SHOWTIME: 8:15PM(All times are subject to change)

A little girl investigates the presence of a monster that her parents unknowingly created.

Directors
Christiano Dias – King Eternal, Heatman, Soar Like A Wave

Writers
Christiano Dias – King Eternal, Heatman, Soar Like A Wave

Producers
Christiano Dias – King Eternal, Heatman, Soar Like A Wave

Key Cast
Joseph Bottoms – The Dove, The Black Hole, Holocaust, Santa Monica
Lisa Roumain – Jersey Girl, Avatar
Kitana Turnbull

Director of Photography
Michael Helenek – King Eternal, Dungeons and Dorks, Dr. Gutman’s Eulogy

Sound Design
Garret Barnett – Homecoming, King Eternal, The Perfect Sacrifice

Original Score
Daniel James Chan – Josephine and the Roach, Resurrection, Community

Director: Christiano Dias

Christiano Dias is a 28 year old, hyper-imaginative filmmaker. At the age of 19, he was nominated for a Lonestar Emmy Award as co-creator and director of a college run television series at The University of North Texas. He began experimenting with cameras at the age of twelve after being given a “hand me down” family camcorder.

Over time, Chris has created over 20 short films and received additional awards including the coveted CINE Golden Eagle and Gold Remi Award (both won by Steven Spielberg’s first short film, Amblin), Audience Award Winner at Hollyshorts Film Festival, Best Student Film at LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood, and been recognized three consecutive years at the Cannes Short Film Corner. In addition to Writing, Directing, and Producing, Chris has experience as a Director of Photography in over ten short films and is an Apple, Inc. Certified Editor.

Chris has interned with AT&T for digital sports media promotional videos, worked as a Production Assistant and Studio Grip on commercials and television shows including Prison Break, The Deep End, and America’s Got Talent. He worked at The Studios at Las Colinas (Irving, TX) as their Creative Media Director, where he also produced a lot of his own films.

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from The University of North Texas and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from NYFA, where he graduated as the sole recipient of Honors with Distinction.

Director’s Statement

Monster in a House is a film about bringing your problems to light and standing up to the things that scare you the most.

Very early on, we decided to make the film as a one shot take, so that visible cuts are not immediately present. We did this for a few reasons, 1) to directly relate to the theme, about not running away from your problems, thus cutting felt like “running away.” 2) it is also more immersive, like a ride, you are experiencing the monster with Miah as she does in real time instead of just watching her react to it. It’s much more immediate and dangerous and doesn’t give you a chance to catch your breath – this is important because we never see the monster.

On a more personal level, the story is about divorce and neglect. What are the repercussions a family faces when they divorce? How does it affect their child? My parents divorced when I was young and this story feels more like a marriage that is on the verge of that, but instead they choose to fight for it.

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