Throwaway

Summary

Abby is new to Los Angeles. She takes a job working the graveyard shift at a home security company as an operator. With such a tough schedule, she spends her days like a vampire, sleeping while the sun is up. This rotation gets disturbed, however, when Abby is repeatedly awoken each day by the sounds of a Bum rummaging through her apartment's dumpster (which rests directly outside her bedroom window).

When Abby decides she's had enough, she confronts the Bum in the hopes of negotiating for some daily solace. Only the Bum has other plans for Abby that have nothing to do with a little spare change.

If you sleepwalk through your days, you could bump into a nightmare.

Watch the trailer for Throwaway.

Official selection of the 2009 Horror UK '28 Hours Later' Horror Marathon!

Official selection of the 2009 Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival.Official selection of the 2010 Festivus Film Festival.

 

Official selection of the 2008 Dark Carnival Film Festival.Official selection of the 2008 Eerie Horror Film Festival.Official selection of the 2008 Sacramento Horror Holiday Film Festival.

About the production

Throwaway was shot on a shoestring budget of about $3,000, The shoot lasted three and a half days over the course of a long weekend in April 2008, in Los Angeles, CA.  Brian and I had the idea for Throwaway while discussing ways to disturb and unsettle an audience, much like the great horror films of the 1970s used to.  The inception of the idea though, was actually autobiographical.  You see, the apartment Brian and I live in is in the rear of the building, with an alley way directly behind my bedroom.  And right outside that window is the building's dumpster (as seen in the film).  After moving to this apartment, it quickly became aparent that there were garbage collectors who would prowl around our dumpster at all hours of the night, searching for recyclables.  These late night annoyances grew so out of control, that I finally took to confronting the culprits.

Dennis Widmyer & Michael Halper in 'Throwaway'  The crew of 'Throwaway'

One night I acted as if I was going to call the police unless they quit coming after midnight and waking me up with the rustling of bottles right outside my window.  Another night, I left a note on the dumpster.  Finally, I actually approached one of the men one day with a barter, whereby, I gave him a week's collection worth of bottles if he would respect my rest and not go rummaging around the dumpster in the late hours, while I slept.  Believe it or not, it all seemed to work.

Throwaway is an example of what could happen if it didn't work.  

To check out of the work of our cinematographer, Michael Halper, check out his company site Ascentia Films.  They provided equipment and production help, as well as handled all the post-production work on the film: http://www.ascentiafilms.com.