Abigail Goldman spends her work days as an investigator for a public defender’s office in Washington state, helping people who are seriously in trouble—which can mean hours of staring at grisly pictures of crime scenes, visiting morgues, even observing autopsies. By night, she dreams up gruesome events, which she then turns into tiny, precise dioramas. In this new documentary short, we follow along as Goldman brings her miniature worlds of murder and mayhem to life with tweezers, paint, and resin, and meet the people who just can’t get enough of her twisted visions—where the final touch is always, in the artist’s words, “two or three brushstrokes of red paint.”

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Kevin Staake


Director: Kevin Staake
Executive Producer: Ryan Staake
Producer: Ryen Bartlett
Cinematographer: Kristian Zuniga, Bob Blankemeier
Editor: Joe Siegel
Sound Designer: Neil Koperek
Music: Davis Jones
Additional Credits: Production Coordinator: Nicole Bartlett, Production Assistant: Ronnie Hamilton, Production Assistants (NY): Akil Jones, Ameer Kazmi, Drone Operator: Jordan Myers, 1st Assistant Camera: Daniel Guadalupe, 1st Assistant Camera: Donavon de Cesare, Gaffer: Christopher Gould, Location Sound (NY): Gabe Quiroga, Colorist: David Torcivia, Business & Legal Affairs: Eric Marguiles


Jeff Seelbach
Public Film Contact
Kevin Staake
Publicity Contact
Kevin Staake
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Crime, Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 10 mins