Life of the Party
12:30 | United States | 2022
When a young man attends a most unusual gathering at his eccentric co-worker’s house, he soon finds himself trapped in a twisted party game where the stakes are life and death.
Graham Burrell is a Philly-based filmmaker who has had a deep passion for the craft ever since he was old enough to say the word “camera.” Burrell solidified his drive for filmmaking when he was only in the third grade and he won his first film festival at the age of twelve. Throughout his high school and collegiate career, Burrell created countless short films and won numerous festivals; he graduated with a double major in Film Studies and Media and Communication and a minor in Philosophy from Muhlenberg College in 2021. Since then, Burrell has worked as a Video Producer for a company outside of Philadelphia and devotes every second of his free time to creative passion projects. He has over a decade of filmmaking experience and has written, directed, and edited over 25 short films and one feature-length film. These films have been accepted into festivals over 40 times and have won over 20 different awards. He has currently garnered over 6 million views online, has films available both on Amazon Prime and DVD/Blu-Ray through Amazon, and has been contacted by educators across the globe for permission to incorporate his films into their curriculum. His daily passion continues to be creating stories that are both entertaining and meaningful.
The story for Life of the Party was something I had originally envisioned about 6 years ago, and I had mentally toyed with the concept ever since. This culminated at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, at which point I (along with the rest of the world) was experiencing a sense of hopelessness and despair. I felt a collective frustration at life’s seemingly random cruelty, and I channeled these emotions by turning to the page. Thus, the script for Life of the Party, a dark, thrilling, and occasionally surreal short horror film about the insanity of life, was born. Despite the film’s disturbing content, I deliberately included elements of dark comedy that are present in so many of my personal favorite horror films, such as Misery, Us, Scream, and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Ultimately, I hope I have crafted a film that will thrill and shock you, all while making you nervously giggle at the same time. Thank you for your time and your consideration.
Graham Burrell, Nicole Burrell
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