Dark science plays with the keys of empathy

Ph.D. candidates Brett, Kimberly and Caleb make a major breakthrough in quantum computer architecture. While testing their new computer design in the university lab, they experience ghastly visions and sensations. Brett finds refuge and contemplation outside the laboratory in the campus conservatory, playing the piano. Here he also meets up with girlfriend Isabelle, a haunted, brooding music prodigy.

The piano is the film's central metaphor; an instrument of empathy, which - the young researchers quickly realize - is also true of their new computing device. Its lurid effects place Brett and Caleb under an intoxicating spell.

Meanwhile, other students connected to the research have gone missing. Brett turns to the mysterious, stoic Nikolas for some insight into unfolding events. Yet Nikolas' cryptic clues seem only to push Brett and team into even darker corridors of the soul. Kimberly tries to reign her fellow students back to sanity, but it may be too late for all...


  • Trevor Nelson
    as Brett

  • Migina Tsai
    as Kimberly

  • Jessica Boone
    as Isabelle

  • Chandan Prithiani
    as Caleb

  • Peter Walters
    as Nikolas

  • Christine Dawson
    as Veronica

  • Seth Rossman
    as Prof. Lorenz

  • Curtiss Johns
    as James

  • Chad Neidt
    as Jasper

  • Kevin Sean Ryan
    as Harold

  • David William Murray Fisher
    as Pluto

  • Niels Schonbeck
    as October

  • Kristin Keating
    as Tina

  • Christine Brookshire
    as Ashley

  • Chloe Southern
    as Young Isabelle

Additional Cast:

  • Katy Neusteter .... as Gunivere
  • Aaron Johnson .... as Music Student
  • Eric Klassen .... as Dan
  • Scott R. Davis .... as NRO spook
  • Kalyn Fong .... as Grace


Produced by

  • Christine Brookshire .... producer
  • Ricardo Changeux .... executive producer
  • Jon Firestone .... producer
  • Carl Fuermann .... producer
  • Crista Giuliani .... associate producer
  • Michael Lauter .... executive producer
  • Jennifer Wolff .... co-executive producer

Original Music by

  • Michael McGroarty (original score music)
  • Jeff Danos (additional music)
  • Michael Lauter (additional music)

Cinematography by

  • Jon Firestone

Film Editing by

  • Michael Lauter

Makeup Department

  • Catrishia Cordova .... key makeup artist
  • Brittany Sopr .... makeup artist
  • Jacob Bruning .... makeup artist

Production Management

  • Paula Zoller .... production manager

Art Department

  • Dustin Hardgrove .... construction coordinator
  • Gillian Waggoner .... painter

Sound Department

  • Thomas Cassetta .... sound recordist
  • Chris Chandler .... sound
  • Brendan C. Connolly .... sound editor
  • Brendan C. Connolly .... sound re-recording mixer
  • Brendan C. Connolly .... sound recordist
  • Tony Crank .... supervising sound editor
  • Derek Poppe .... sound
  • Alex Ramirez .... adr supervisor

Visual Effects by

  • Colton Kooker .... digital compositor
  • Peder Morgenthaler .... digital compositor

Camera and Electrical Department

  • Cory M. Bruns .... grip
  • Chris Chandler .... camera operator
  • Brandon Ersoz .... digital imaging technician
  • Lucy Ersoz .... grip
  • Meryem Ersoz .... camera operator
  • Mike Ortiz .... lighting technician
  • Michael T. Sanchez .... additional gaffer
  • Michael T. Sanchez .... first assistant camera
  • D.J. Zupancic .... camera operator
  • Justin Zupancic .... lighting technician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

  • Kristin M. Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor

Other crew

  • Brian J. Bagley .... legal counsel

Image Gallery

Full-sized images are available in the Press Kit

Upcoming Screenings

World Premiere
Seattle, WA

November 2nd, 2011 - 7 pm
Egyptian Theater

Denver, CO

March ???, 2015 - MIDNIGHT

Hometown Screening
Westminster, CO

November 16th, 2011 - 7 pm
AMC Westminster Promenade 24