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Directed by Rebacca Wahls
Narrative Feature
United States | 80 min | 2023

Sequestered in a remote villa, the final five contestants on a reality dating show face manipulative producers, the fear of being alone forever, and their suitor’s deceitful nature.

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“The Founder Effect is ‘a powerful meditation on grief, loss, and familial love.””

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The mystery and paranormal lore of disappearances in the Pacific Northwest have long fascinated me, but it’s the concrete and universal connections that exist between family and the generations that tether us together that has truly kept this journey close to my heart. In the pursuit of his grandson from the shadows, our protagonist Jack’s internal compass guides him toward truth, redemption… and ultimately, self-forgiveness—so often the most elusive piece of our personal puzzle.

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Him - Rebecca WahlsRebecca Wahls

Rebecca Wahls (she/her) directs and writes for film, theater, and new media. She founded the non-profit theatre Who What Where Productions, where she produced and directed several world premiere plays. Favorite projects include “Golem.AI,” a feature-length found footage horror fable collaboratively developed with Alec Seymour; “this old haunt,” a new musical co-created with Maggie Marie Rodgers and SMJ; and the 50+ plays for children that she wrote and directed with Acting for Young People. Rebecca holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a John Wells Fellow from 2020-23. BFA, George Mason University.

Film Information

Director: Rebecca Wahls
Country: United States
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 80 min
Rated:  R


Writer: Tess Higgins, Rebecca Wahls
Producer: Tess Higgins, Rebecca Wahls
Cinematography: Kevin Galloway
Editor: Kelsey Myers
Score: Luc Cianfarani

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