February 14 - 18, 2020
Having taken her for granted for so long, Hank (Jeremy Gardner) finds that his long-term girlfriend Abby (Brea Grant) is gone with only a letter left behind to explain her disappearance. Already a fan of the bottle, Hank dives further down it until his demons are joined by a literal monster trying to get into the house at night.
Produced by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless, Spring), the latest film from writer/director Jeremy Gardner (The Battery) is an inventive and unexpected angle on the monster movie, one where the monster in question is constantly in question to all but the protagonist, whose days are now structured around the expectation of a nightly visit. Playing out more as a romantic comedy intermingled with a self-help narrative than a straight genre film, Gardner displays an innate gift for crafting a relatable story and clear-eyed observations about how male psychology and a resistance to commitment often go hand in hand, all wrapped up in a funny, enjoyable, and genuinely surprising package. Oh, and there's a monster, too...probably.
"After Midnight offers an endearing mixture of humor and thirtysomething ennui. Whether Hank's life is being upended by a literal monster or a particularly aggressive metaphor, Gardner perfectly captures what it feels like to hold yourself together when everyone around you recognizes that you're falling apart."—Matthew Monagle, The Austin Chronicle
- Director: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella
- Principal Cast: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Justin Benson, Ashley Song
- Country: USA
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 83 minutes
- Producer: Justin Benson, Arvind Harinath, David Lawson Jr., Aaron Moorhead
- Screenplay: Jeremy Gardner
- Cinematographers: Christian Stella
- Language: English