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The Alternate

Directed by Alrik Bursell
Narrative Feature
USA | 88 min | 2020

The Alternate follows Jake, a videographer who discovers a portal to another dimension in which he has everything he has always wanted: the perfect version of his wife Kris, the filmmaking career of his dreams, and the daughter he never had.

Jake quickly starts traveling back and forth between these two worlds – spying on his other self, falling in love with the alternate Kris, and getting to know his daughter. Jake soon sees that his alternate is not as perfect as he seems and decides to change places with the alternate Jake and take the good life for himself.

The Alternate has been my main project since March of 2014, so by the time my festival run is over I will have been working on this film for eight years. It has been an absolute roller coaster from locking down my team, securing funds and finally shooting the film right before the pandemic, shooting my final day in January of 2020, but it has all been a dream come true.

I can’t wait for you to all experience this story about Jake, a videographer dreaming of a filmmaking career that he’s not working hard enough towards and the portal he discovers that allows him to live his dream.

As a full time videographer/video producer for over 8 years, this story is loosely based on my own life and is the answer to the question ‘What if all my dreams were laid out for me, ripe for the taking?’ Would I walk down that dark path or take the this discovery as a sign that I could still have a different life if I worked for it?

The Alternate | Alrik Bursell, Director

The Alternate - Alrik Bursell Alrik Bursell

Alrik Bursell is a freelance shooter/editor/producer who’s worked on feature films and corporate videos. He has directed five short films including Strange Thing, which played at over 20 film festivals worldwide. Alrik has also worked on commercial videos for brands such as the NFL, Comcast Xfinity and HBO.

Film Information

Director:  Alrik Bursell
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 88 min.
Rated: PG-13


Writer: Alrik Bursell
Producer: Jeffrey Allard
Cinematography: Jason Joseffer
Music: Kevin Kerrigan

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BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
BIFF | Beloit International Film Festival