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When memories can’t be trusted. . .


A psychological thriller written, directed, scored, and sound designed by David E. Tolchinsky. An Institutional Quality Productions presentation. Note: the 12 minute short/proof of concept is complete. We’re looking for financing for the feature.

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Do you remember?

Last summer, Illinois was confronting a series of bizarre murders. At each crime scene, police found a sketch of a house which turned out to be the location of the next murder. But detectives couldn’t identify the houses in time, and the murders continued, becoming more violent until someone recognizes the latest sketch as the old Wilson farm up in Monroe. As we open, a policewoman named Crawley is being interviewed by an unseen authority figure. She tries to remember what exactly happened at the Wilson farm. She explains she was patrolling in the area and went there quickly, intending to find out what the owner knew and get him out. Instead. . . what happened was. . . if only she could remember. . .



Sara Bues as Crawley

Chicago credits include: Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Goodman Theatre), East of Eden (Steppenwolf Theatre), King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Othello (The Gift Theatre) and Various Characters in Where's the Rest of Me? as part of Sick by Seven (A Red Orchid Theatre). Other credits include Lost in Yonkers (Syracuse Stage), Embedded(Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and The Argument (The Attic Theatre). Sara is a proud graduate of Syracuse University Drama and the School at Steppenwolf.


John Fenner Mays as Dr. Field

John Fenner Mays is nearly 20 year veteran of Chicago’s stories Off-Loop Theatre scene, having appeared in close to 40 Productions. Some favorite Credits include: Three Sisters(Piven Theatre), Dead Letter Office(Dog & Pony Theatre), Autumn Garden(Eclipse Theatre), Buried Child(Mary Arrchie Theatre), King of Coons(Congo Square Theatre), Soul of a Whore(Viaduct Theater), and Kin(Griffin Theatre). Commercial Credits Include: National Spots for Coors Light and US Bank. TV Credits Include: NBC’s Chicago Justice. Film roles Include: Public Enemies, Design and Serious Business, Plus the Short Films Air Conditions and Before the Fall.


Ruby Dalton as Cassandra

Ruby is loving her first film experience, being a part of Cassandra. She’s had extensive on-stage musical and theatrical experience at Bravo Performing Arts Academy, in Oak Park, IL. Thanks to Gray Talent for all her new opportunities.



David E Tolchinsky, writer/director/composer/sound designer


Madison Jones, producer


Robert Patrick Stern, director of photography


Sarah Sharp, production designer and SFX artist


Chad Davis, editor

featuring the artworks of Angela Azmitia and Alexis Moulds and Krista Varsbergs. For complete credits, go to IMDB.

Do you remember?

A policewoman named Crawley hurried to the house that matched the latest sketch by 'Cassandra,' a killer who liked to draw the location of her next murder. The house belonged to Field, a retired psychiatrist. He revealed that a long time ago he had treated a 12-year-old patient named Cassandra Philips, who obsessively drew disturbing scenes involving half-human, half-animal creatures. Field helped her recover what he believed were memories of some kind of unspeakable abuse, until he realized they were false memories, or rather, until he was prosecuted for implanting false memories in his patients and was no longer allowed to practice psychiatry. Crawley pressed Field for what happened to Cassandra, but it soon became clear no one and nothing was as it appeared to be. . .

When memories can't be trusted. . .

until they have to be. . .

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