THE STRANGER Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK Video from Horror Festival Oct. 2018

THE STRANGER, 13min., USA, Thriller/Drama
Directed by Katherine Oostman

Blake left home years ago. Now, she is returning to make amends with her mom, but finds a stranger claiming to be her sister living in the house. As Blake begins to investigate, she realizes this stranger is turning people against her. Blake must prove she’s changed or lose everyone she loves.

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Director BIO: Katherine Oostman (THE STRANGER)

Director Biography – Katherine Oostman

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Katherine Oostman was homeschooled, studied at Oxford and worked the Sochi Olympics. She concerns herself with the dramatic, philosophical, and futuristic, so a debate about morality in space is her ideal. Call her if you’d like to engage in one. She fosters a compulsive tendency toward climbing any mountain in front of her (both literal and figurative) and creates high-concept photography in her spare time (the more glitter or metaphors, the better). She’s currently pursuing a career in creative development. Her education includes two bachelor degrees in Media Communication and Creative Writing, a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from FSU, and a self-proclaimed masters in fort-building.

 

Director Statement

 

There’s something fundamentally haunting about psychological thrillers. They chill, not because they’re gruesome, but because they manifest immersive nightmares from a simple doubt and speak to morality through visceral physicality. Everyone has knocked on the actual or proverbial door of reconciliation, everyone has hurt someone they love. Mistakes are a fundamental element to human nature, but so is forgiveness – if allowed. However, in The Stranger, Blake is faced with the realization that, because of her mistakes, no one believes her. Not even her mother. This is one of my greatest fears: to hurt someone I love so deeply that not only do they distrust me, but they replace what we had with a delusion because of the damage I caused.