Saturday, February 17th
9:45 – 11:40pm
Naval Heritage Center
$11 IN ADVANCE HERE OR AT THE DOOR
Screens as part of Chills and Thrills Late Night Shorts.
Death by Script
Directed by Jason Kessler
USA / 2017 / 8mins / World Premiere
Death by Script is a thriller comedy that tells the story of an entry level Hollywood script reader who comes across a very poorly written script that’s about a script reader just like him, in an office just like his, with super creepy similarities to his life. Based on what he reads, he realizes that this creepy script may actually lead to the death of anyone who passes on it. After seeking the advice of a friend who’s already made the leap to creative executive, he must go back to the office and decide whether to pass on the script and risk a horrific death, or tell his boss to consider the really awful script and risk getting fired.
Jason Kessler recently earned his Screenwriting MFA from UT Austin where he was the recipient of the Robert Foshko Prize in Screenwriting. His feature script “Escher” won 1st place in the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition feature category, his feature script “Up in Flames” won 1st place in the 2014 Las Vegas Film Festival Screenplay Contest and his feature script “Pitigliano” was a semifinalist in the 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Contest. Before film school Jason wrote, directed, and produced the “Over Thinker” web series, as well as other short form video content. Jason previously spent several years as a lawyer in advertising and entertainment. He graduated from Princeton University where he studied psychology and computer science, and he earned his law degree from Columbia Law School.