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White Elephant


At a bookstore holiday party, the youngest employee tries to woo his much older co-worker.

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White Elephant is a 2017 short film written and directed by Aaron Murtagh and introducing Henry Janzen.

Janzen plays Allen, a budding adolescent who works at a bookstore and is the token male employee. Allen is crushing hard on his co-worker, Melissa, the youngest female employee, but still definitely out of his age range. Allen straddles the line of company pet and knight-in-shining-armor the same way he is straddling boyhood and manhood. The film explores the rumblings of sexual desire that happen at an age when society would prefer they didn't exist. Just like gift swap it is named after While Elephant probes the silent desires that lie in wait when people want more than what they possess.


Directed by: 
Aaron Murtagh
Writing credits: 
Aaron Murtagh
Allen: Henry Janzen Melissa: Melissa Ragain Man with moustache: Ryan Mitchell Bookstore owner: Lisa McGrory Bookstore employees: Cindy Stillwell, Catherine Gwillim, Cara Wilder, Lucinda Boles
Produced by: 
Aaron Murtagh Brock Forrette Jenny Hatchadorian
Cinematography by: 
Sam Hedlund
Film Editing by: 
Kyle Moriarty, Aaron Murtagh
Release Date: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017
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