by Jeremy Rogers

Heartland Shorts Film Festival showcased the amazing work of over 200 filmmakers, all having produced films that clocked in at under 40 minutes in length. There were many amazing films on display, and here is one of my favorites from my time at the festival: This World of Ghosts.


A man goes on a painful and harrowing journey when his love is taken by a pair of mysterious kidnappers in an ever-shifting setting that constantly challenges the audience to reconsider what is real. This horror/thriller film takes a few twists and turns that are genuinely moving in a way few films that share its genre can manage.

One of the aspects that separates This World of Ghosts from its peers is the heartfelt nature of the writing and portrayal of its characters. During the Q&A session after the film, director Rich Wolgemuth confirmed that he had very vivid personal experiences that helped him craft such a tightly knit product.


This World of Ghosts is amazing in its mastery of cinematography, editing, and color to create a very tense atmosphere. All of the shots are tight, helping to express the mood of a scene and to help the audience get inside the mind of the protagonist.

Much of the film’s tension comes from the aforementioned ever-shifting setting that leaves the protagonist frustrated in his attempt to find his girlfriend. The quick cuts and purposeful perspective shifts employed by the editors help the setting come alive.

This film from director Rich Wolgemuth displays a stunning amount of talent and coordination on every crew member’s part. The care and consideration that went into making this film such a great product shines through for the entire run-time.

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Video: Camera by Jeremy Rogers, Edited by Emily Reuben

9.3 Amazing

This 20-minute narrative film is filled with stunning writing, amazing cinematography and editing, and great interplay between light and color. It is a gripping thriller that is a must-see for anyone interested in an exciting yet moving cinematic experience.

  • Writing 9
  • Themes 10
  • Aesthetic 9

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