LAtest film: Sara and the Animals
"Sara and the Animals” is a short that follows Sara Schrader, a 20-year-old who, still in the emotional aftermath of her mother’s sudden death, is thrust into the adult world by her grief-stricken father.
After Sara’s attempts at grown-up normalcy fail, she happens upon a group of masked mystical journeyers who are in the lead-up to a drug-fueled, hallucinogenic ritual. The group’s leader, who dons a wolf mask, invites the still-shaken Sara to take part in their strange reverie.
What follows is an internal exploration of trauma, its hold on Sara's psyche, and how uncovered versions of herself might aid her growth through world-altering loss.
Reviews for Sara and the animals
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Projects In Development
Joel is currently in development on a feature film, a streaming project, and an expanded reality project. Learn more about the upcoming expanded reality project by tracking its IMDb page or learn more about Joel's previous expanded reality project on the Writer page.
Other filmmaking projects
A Chosen Family
This short written, directed, and shot by Joel follows the lives of five seemingly ordinary people throughout the course of a single day. Through this process, we discover their true selves by following them through tragedies and successes. The end of the film finds our five protagonists joining together to create their chosen family and serve as a beacon to their community. Learn more on the film's IMDB page or Order a viewing by contacting joel directly.
MOther's Day
Set against the backdrop of stylized, home-movie style clips, "Mother's Day" examines the insecurities and fears of a mother who's struggling to understand her place in the world as her daughter reacts to the choices she's made for her. Commissioned by author Bill Mcstowe, "Mother's Day" is Joel's first commissioned film. Learn more on the film's IMDb page or request a viewing by contacting Joel directly.
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Jack Filmore arrives at the home of Mona Spencer. Unclear who this stranger is, Mona invites him in to dry off and warm up. Jack carries a letter from the military and a box containing Mona's husband's ashes. As memories of the war begin crashing in on him, can Jack bring himself to tell Mona what she needs to know or will he run away? Learn more on the film's imdb page or request a viewing by contacting joel directly.

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