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Directed by Zach Staads
Narrative Short
USA | 5 min | 2021

4 AM on the lake is beautiful, eerie, and there always seems to be something lurking under the murky surface.

For an anxious person, being trapped on a boat with someone you don’t like can be the tense. Stuck for hours afloat, nothing on the line, bad conversation, and cold winds as resentment rises. Both people chained to a rod and tackle because one won’t speak up and admit that they want to go home.

Rosso began as a long held feeling of the strange passive aggressive fishing trips I had over my formative years, and first became a short two person theatrical scene entitled ‘Bait’ for Artober 2019. When I was up late one night, not long after the pandemic hit, I saw a frame of Porco Rosso that, for whatever reason, inspired me to write this different interpretation of those fishing trips. Now let’s all take a strange, early morning fishing trip together in Rosso.

Rosso - Poster

Rosso - Zach StaadsZach Staads

I am a director/writer and a producer currently based in the Twin Cities, originally from Eau Claire, WI. Received a BA in Comprehensive Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and is currently admitted to the DePaul University Creative Producing MFA program for the fall of 2022.

Film Information

Director: Zach Staads
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 5 min.
Rated: PG-13


Writer: Zach Staads
Producer: Tim Schwagel, Zach Staads
Director of Photography: Nick Houchin

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