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Directed by Jon Gollner
Narrative Short
United States | 12 min | 2023

After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, a musician struggles to finish his debut album before it’s too late.

“Wisconsin 48 Hour Film Project short film to screen at Cannes”, Madison NBC 15

Posthumous is the story of a musician who, after discovering his cancer has come back and is terminal, decides to finally record his first solo album before his passing. I began writing this story after my mother’s cancer diagnosis forced her to speed up some life plans and abandon others. Getting started is often the hardest part of any creative endeavor, and unexpected deadlines can shape the way we create and the stories we tell. After sitting on a first draft of the script for a few years and delays in shooting due to the Covid pandemic and my mother’s passing, we finally shot the film over the past year.

Our cast and crew were incredible in the common goal of telling this story, especially our lead actor Trevor Earley, who also created the soundtrack for the film with his music group Tubesocks. Everybody involved in the film had their own personal connection to cancer and delayed creative endeavors, but we hope to show that no matter how much time you have, there’s always a worthwhile way to spend it.

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Posthumous - Jon GollnerJon Gollner

Jon Gollner is a Wisconsin-born, Chicago-based filmmaker who has worked on a variety of film and television productions. His recent credits include the feature film Moving Parts, PBS’s food and interview series To Dine For with Kate Sullivan, several short films that have played in numerous film festivals, and writing and directing the short film The Driver. Jon strives to tell stories full of empathy, humor, and celebration of people and their passions.

Film Information

Director: Jon Gollner
Country:  United Staes
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 23 min
Rated:  PG


Writer:  Jon Gollner
Producer: Jon Gollner, John Otterbacher
Cinematography: Sebastian Lama, John Otterbacher
Editor: Jon Gollner

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