Film director Jesse McAnally’s latest short film is proving to be a crowd-pleaser. “After Ashes” has played in many Film Festivals– domestic and international–including the Aphrodite Film Awards, Independent StarFilmfest Summer-Edition, and the Sunrise 45 Film Festival. After Ashes was also given an honorable mention recognition in the Hollywood Horrorfest.
“After Ashes” was nominated for nine awards at the I See You Awards program. These nominations were for Best Director: Jesse McAnally, Best Lead Actress: Miranda Moffat,
Best Supporting Actress: Breayre Shaunice Tender Best Cinematography: Firas AllouchBest Editing: Jesse McAnally & Dawn TurchinBest Soundtrack: Paul Emil Levasseur Best Original Screenplay: Jesse McAnally and Best Cast, and Best Picture
What’s all the buzz about?
“After Ashes,” is an apocalyptic tale in which the Grim Reaper, who now struggles with boredom as he kills time more than he does people, meets Kali Kaminski, the lone human survivor, who keeps creatures and lethargy at bay. Finding kindred spirits in one another, they adopt changing outlooks about the world they find themselves trapped in.
Says Jesse, “When ‘After Ashes’ revealed itself as my next project, I immediately felt very excited and devoted to the project. My first thoughts were, “How has nobody thought of this idea before me?” It made me giddy with the possibilities it offered, and excited to gather a crew around my strange idea.
After Ashes turned out to be the most ambitious film I’ve ever set out to make. It was a difficult tightrope walk of tones, implementing fantasy and horror elements into a comedic drama– similar in tone and style to Guillermo Del Toro, but confined to the limits of a short film. It was a fun challenge, and allowed me to refine my style.”
Says Jesse regarding “After Ashes,” “The film has been the best example of what I set out to do: Tell stories that I’ve never seen before in novel and strange ways. I wish to twist genre conventions and narrative expectations as far as I possibly can while still giving an audience an escapist, dramatic experience. I believe is important to begin telling stories that give high impact roles to women, without power given to their relationship with men.
“I hope this film can reach a large audience, and let them empathize with two strong, steadfast souls who find each other and save one another.”
About Jesse McAnally
Co-founder of Fosca Features, Jesse McAnally has a degree in media arts from Wayne State University. He currently serves as Creative Director of Fosca Features, LLC where he has successfully directed and produced three short films as well as many professional promotional materials over the last four years.