2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Smiling Man

Friday, March 11
11:30PM - 1:07AM

Alamo Lamar A
1120 S Lamar Blvd

Hashtags: #sxsw #thesmilingmanmovie

A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.

Section: Midnight Shorts Competition
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2015
Runtime: 7min

Director: A.J. Briones

Producer: A.J. Briones, Tefft Smith II, Nathan Hopkins

Screenwriter: A.J. Briones

Cinematographer: David Holecheck

Editor: A.J. Briones

Sound Designer: Jamey Scott

Music: Vivien Villani

Additional Credits: Makeup FX Lead: Melanie Leandro, Makeup FX Prosthetics: Brittany Fontaine, Makeup FX Artist: Rowan Walters

Principal Cast: Abbi Chally, Strange Dave, Mellisa Chally


Filmmaker A.J. Briones has a background in VFX, having worked on films such as AVATAR, DAWN OF THE PLANET APES, STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS. THE SMILING MAN (his second short film) has been featured on Fangoria, DreadCentral and Horror Film Central and screened in over 45 Film Festivals, with 18 award wins so far.

Public Film Contact
AJ Briones
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A.J. Briones



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