After an unexplained event involving a samurai sword and a rave, two friends frantically try to leave town. A chance encounter with an old family friend puts an unwanted delay on their escape plans.

“The Hiccup” is a short film directed by Community Films‘ Matt Smukler. It won Best Comedy Short Film at the San Diego International Film Festival, was a finalist at Woodstock International Film Festival, a finalist at Soho Rushes Short Film Festival, and winner of the Noccicinema Film Festival Best Foreign Film. It has also played in competition at the Dallas International Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, LA Comedy Shorts, Hollyshorts, New Orleans Film Festival and the LA Indie Film Festival.

The Hiccup
Directed by Matt Smukler
Written by Matt Smukler and Rob Chester Smith

Producer: Carr Donald
Executive Producer: Carl Swan
Cinematographer: Tim Hudson
Editor: Jim Ulbrich

Rob Chester Smith
Eric Normington
Carol Mansell
Dennis Howard

Production Designer: Ron Hellman
Costume Designer: Jennifer Johnson
Original Music: Stephan Altman
Head of Production: Alexandra Chamberlain

Production Supervisor: Nick Shandra
Production Coordinator: Nessie Anaya
First Assistant Director: Scott Harris
Second Assistant Director: Mark Robinson

Script Supervisor: Kristin Calabrese

First Assistant Camera: Bob San Martin
Second Assistant Camera: David McDonald
Loader: Eliseo Romero

On Set Mixer: Dan Kent
Boom Operator: Hanna Collins
VTR: Ken Perkins

Casting Director: Francine Selkirk

Assistant Art Director: Diana Kramer
Decorator: Analise Hellmann
Leadman: Sean Ryan
Propmaster: Paul Linkogle
Set Dressers: Ethan Jacob, Mikki Mamaril

Key Costumer: Emily Virgil
Assistant Costumer: Molly Keogh
Make Up: Bridget O'Neil
Assistant Make Up: Tanya Cookingham

Gaffer: Mike Butler
BB Grip: Mike Fletcher
Electric: Bob King
Electric Driver: Hector Castillo

Key Grip: Pat Christman
BB Grip: Joel Bystrom
Grip: Fred Davis
Grip Driver: Mark Davies

Location Manager: Greg Campeau
Camera Arm: Bill Peters
Craft Service: Brian Hoenig
Set Production Assistants: Stephen Kinney, Guy Buckland, Hercules Goes, Nelson Pena, Michael Tumino, Ethan Jacob
Colorist: Sparkle
Sound Mixer: Glenn Landrum
Storyboards: Joe James


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