Words by Jon Staub
An original short film, “Ex Disposer,” made by Montclair State University (MSU) alumni Daniel Ferrer and Amelia Spitler is enjoying tremendous success even during the global pandemic. Ferrer wrote and directed the film while Spitler produced the piece. It is Ferrer’s most ambitious and personal film to date.
“Ex Disposer” follows Andy, a destructive and neurotic former drummer for New Jersey hardcore outfit “Disposer.” Andy discovers his old band is returning home after a cross-country tour. Nostalgic for his old days behind the kit, Andy attempts to reunite with his bandmates. However, he must confront the bad blood that was shed during his split from the band.
The film takes on serious mental health issues that delve into the psyche of a neurotic individual. It features an original hardcore punk rock soundtrack, including scenes taking place at Montclair’s local music venue, The Meatlocker.
The film successfully screened at many esteemed festivals across the country, including Palm Springs International Shortfest, where it competed for Best Student U.S. Short. Additional past screenings include the San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival, (Oct 9-18), and the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, (Oct. 24-31) all of which were virtual. The film was also recently screened locally at the Montclair Film Festival (Oct 16-25). Lead actor Jack DiFalco won Best Performance at the Walla Walla Movie Crush (WWMC) festival in Washington.
The next screening is set for the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival in Canada November 20- December 6.
The film has distribution lined up on multiple streaming platforms, including Omeleto, Film Shortage, Directors Notes, Beyond the Short, and a new platform– The Bureau of Creative Works. Ohio State University has also expressed interest in showing “Ex Disposer” as part of its film and directing programs.
Students in Professor Keith Green’s Hawk Communications course are helping promote the film.
Along with being a passion project themed around mental health awareness and education, Spitler said, “It’s rewarding that the film continues to teach MSU students skills in the media field.”