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Staring at the Ceiling


A personal and introspective experimental short film, consisting of several surreal vignettes. An ode to the existential dread of adolescence; told, abstractly, from the point of view of a young college student who is becoming more and more detached from his own life.

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Directed by Colton Smrz

Screenings / Awards: 

North Portland Film Festival - "Unknown Masterpiece"

Vancouver Filmdance Festival - Preselected

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Student Project: Yes

Completion Date: August 2016

Shooting Format: Various (16mm, 8mm Camcorder, iPhone, Canon 7D)

Aspect Ratio: 16:9; however, switches to 4:3 for certain scenes.

Film Color: Yes

First Time Filmmaker: No

Directed by: 
Colton Smrz
Writing credits: 
Colton Smrz
Robert Smith Margaret Remboski Chelsea Vance Chris Gilette John Brodeur Lee Anne Mitchell Colton Smrz
Produced by: 
Andrew Petrilak
Music by: 
David Britton
Cinematography by: 
Nadia Gilbert
Film Editing by: 
Colton Smrz
Other crew: 
Animation by Isa Ghaffari
Release Date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017
Total votes: 14852