The shorts programs at film festivals are always surprising. You know very little going in, and while you may see some art-house films that aren’t your cup-of-tea, you will always something absolutely fascinating. The short film Don’t Ever Change has remained one of our favorites of the year, and I’m glad to tell you that it is finally available online. The short is a funny little film for every macabre mind that finds murder funny. A must-see for the true crime obsessed, and horror fans alike.
As described by directed Don Swaynos, “Don’t Ever Change is the story of recently paroled Karen Hickman, whose plan to reconnect with her estranged daughter is interrupted by a fan with an unusual request”. If that sounds intentionally vague, welcome to the word of writing about shorts! Surely it’s taken you longer to read this article than clicking play below would have. So, what are you waiting for? If you have a few minutes to spare, they’d be better spent watching something that was tailor made for your twisted sense of humor.
Don’t Ever Change is written & directed by Don Swaynos, producer of Travis Mathews’ dark thriller Discreet (Berlinale, 2017) and editor of James Bryan’s recently rediscovered shot-on-video horror-comedy Jungle Trap (Fantastic Fest 2016).
The film stars Independent Spirit Award-nominee Cyndi Williams (Zero Charisma, Computer Chess), Heather Kafka (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Joe), and Frank Mosley (Upstream Color, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and features special effect make-up by Eric Zapata (Syfy’s Face Off, Seasons 4 & 5).
Don’t Ever Change had it’s world premiere earlier this year at the Overlook Film Festival, with an international premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival. It also screened at several genre festivals including Mayhem (UK), Cinepocalypse, Telluride Horror Show, and MonsterFest (Australia) as well as mainstream independent festivals including Cucalorus, BendFilm, Indie Memphis, and Sidewalk.
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