Tiniest Tremor

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from Opioid Withdrawal known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Mothers suffering from substance abuse disorder who give birth to these infants are often among the most stigmatized. Tiniest Tremor is the story of one of those births etched from the words of a mother, Cassie. Cassie’s journey from grief to solace is brought to life in the VR format—evoking rich traditions of documentary animation to convey Cassie’s experience in iconographic and poetic images and landscapes. Tiniest Tremor provides a humanistic lens on the public health crisis of Neonatal Abstinence.

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Directors:  Nicholas Manting Brewer, Megan Simon
Executive Producer:  Dr. Raymond C. Stevens
Producer:  Evan Tedlock, Nicholas Manting Brewer
Editor: Megan Simon, Nicholas Manting Brewer
Sound Designer: Nicholas Manting Brewer
Music: Brett Holman
Principal Cast: Cassie Duran
Additional Credits: Animator: Megan Simon, Rig Designer: Chau Vo Ba Truong, Science Advisor: Barbara Zarzycka, Faculty Mentor: Eric Hanson, Special Thanks: Dr. Kelley Saia, Special Thanks: Kyle McClary, Special Thanks: Sheila Sofian, Special Thanks: Doe Mayer, Made Possible By: The Bridge Arts and Science Alliance (BASA) , Made Possible By: USC Bridge Institute


USC Festivals and Distribution
Public Film Contact
Nicholas Manting Brewer
Nicholas Manting Brewer Productions
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Nicholas Manting Brewer
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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year:  2017
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre:  Animated, Documentary, Experimental
Screening in: Virtual Cinema
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Language: English
Runtime: 02:40 mins