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Golden Voices

Directed by Layne Marie Williams
Narrative Short
USA | 14 min | 2019

Determined to uncover the source of  “Golden Voices” appearing on unknown frequencies across Indiana, Paranormal Investigator Radha Laburnum takes her radio show on the road. As if guided by destiny, she comes into contact with sleepwalking children whispering of gold… She wonders: Are they cautioning us? What is the gold?

The Mystery Sci Fi universe of Golden Voices was created by Grace Pisula, Zack Sievers, Layne Marie Williams, Melissa Schlesinger, and Kalika Rose (Team Gold) for the 2018 Indiana Film Race.  The reality-based film race competition challenges select filmmakers to produce an award-worthy 15-minute short film while living in an RV for 5 days and traveling across 5 counties in Indiana. 

 The making of Golden Voices involved the team going on scouting trips through various counties in Indiana, telling ghost stories, and camping in Indiana state parks. The story was inspired by the team’s experience of Indiana’s natural beauty, and living in the wilderness. The writing, the acting, and the set design involved research into several occult and paranormal fields, gaining new perspectives on astral projection and lucid dreaming. 

Team Gold was determined to make a beautiful film that reflected the beauty of nature, but also a film that pays attention and reverence to the current state of nature as it is undergoing climate change.  

Golden Voices won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematographer at the 2018 Indiana Film Race. Golden Voices later premiered at Heartland’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival and has been screening in cities across the Midwest.

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Golden Voices - Layne Marie Williams
Layne Marie Williams

Layne Marie Williams is an award-winning director and filmmaker currently based in Chicago, IL. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the womanist film collective, Women of The Now, and Co-Founder of the five year standing The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Williams has written and directed numerous movies throughout her career and recently won Best Director for the paranormal short “Golden Voices” as part of the Indiana Film Race as well as taking home the gold for Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, and Best Picture.

Film Information

Director: Layne Marie Williams
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 13 min.
Rated: PG


Producer: Grace Pisula
Writer: Zack Sievers
Director of Photography: Grace Pisula
Editor: Grace Pisula
Composer: Elliot Callighan

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