Jordan Anstatt’s short film Max is Bleeding shares a tragic story of domestic violence

Jordan Anstatt’s live action short film Max is Bleeding shares the story of a woman desperately trying to escape her abusive partner. This topical film will be screening at the Oscar qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest this month.

Courtney and her boyfriend bring their dog, Max, to the vet to treat a strange wound. Courtney passes off a note to the receptionist claiming her boyfriend is holding her prisoner. Her own ability to survive will tell the true story.

Director/Editor/Producer Jordan Anstatt wrote and directed a short film called Somna which received an Award for Best Local Drama Short at Atlanta ShortsFest. In recent years, Jordan’s work has been featured in publications worldwide including No Film School for his work on Essential Tips for Creating an Indie Music Video with Social Distancing, which is about his recent music video for Tucker Winstanley’s 2021 single Midding. He wrote and directed Blue Bags Float in Saltwater, a short film which won Awards for Best Student Film. Anstatt is currently in pre-production for his next narrative short film, Nobody Skates Except for Me and is also adapting his television pilot, The Gospel According to Eddie, into a feature film.

Max is Bleeding was co-produced by Pasha Gambourg, Molly Evans and Harrison Perkins. Pasha Gambourg is a filmmaker based out of New York. An alumni of the School of Visual Arts directing program, he is currently a candidate for his MFA in screenwriting at Columbia’s School of the Arts. Max is Bleeding is his second venture into producing. Molly Evans is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Creative Producing program who, this past year, has been working as an Associate Producer at The Vendetta Group assisting in producing short films such as Safe Distance, The Hole, Overgrown, Black Eye. Harrison Perkins’s recent works include Blue Bags Float in Saltwater, Who We Are, Max is Bleeding, and Daddy’s Night. 

Writer Louis Lagayette directed his first feature film Trendy which premiered at Raindance Film Festival in 2017. Louis is working on several television drama and film projects, including Blue Hands in development with France TV Slash, and B.R.I, co-written with Jérémiez Guez and currently in development at Canal +.

Cinematographer Niko Feldman specializes in bringing the most intimate moments of the human experience to screen. Filming in a wide set of genres ranging from wildlife to commercial, his most recent projects include films about the Garifuna Tribe in Honduras, and the heart of BBQ in North Georgia. Niko’s camerawork has been featured at the Golden Door International Film Festival, the Nassau Film Festival and the Oaxaca Filmfest. 

Max is Bleeding will be screening at Palm Springs International ShortFest from June 22nd – June 28th and the Stony Brook Film Festival from July 22nd – July 31st.


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