40 Bucks

Had so much fun spending the last week in Austin. We shot my short film, 40 Bucks, over the weekend.

Left: Co-DPs Robert Murphy and Karissa Leicht set up the car mount outside Kerbey Lane Cafe.

Right: Makeup artist Jason Vines adds prosthetic bullet wound and “dead” makeup to actress Sonya Nguyen.

Below: Actor Mike Vera in picture car with actress Sonya Nguyen.

Logline: While driving away from a robbery gone awry, a remorseful thief gets a chance at redemption.

¡Bilbao Web Fest!

Thrilled to announce that Into Dust’s trailer has been selected in the Bilbao Web Fest’s TRAILER COMPETITION, which means it will be screening at Bilbao Web Fest and eligible for “Best Trailer.” Mil gracias a todos en Bilbao Web Fest y a Robert Murphy, quien hizo el montaje del trailer. Er – thanks to everyone at the Bilbao Web Fest and to Robert Murphy, who edited (and shot the majority of) the trailer!

If you can’t make it to Bilbao, here’s the trailer: https://vimeo.com/12807889


Into Dust – Web Series



With mysterious shamanistic powers, a shy teenager in an isolated US border town turns the tables on the drug gangsters who killed her father.

Into Dust is a supernatural action-adventure in the vein of Smallville, a sort of Native American Wonder Woman: The Teenage Years.

The story follows Janey Santiago, her friend Pilar, and her mysterious mentor, Augusto Trueno, as they try to keep their town safe from the drug wars. Problems occur when gang member Oscar tries to recruit Janey’s brother, Carlitos, into the gang. Outnumbered, Janey must find the power within her to save Carlitos and defeat the gangsters.

Into Dust streams on Web Series Channel, Townspot.Tv, Web Series Network, SciFinal, Vimeo and You Tube.
Featuring Erin Taylor, Marie DuPont, Mike Vera, Vernon Tuck, Geoff Ingram, Kole Collins and Aaron Reyes. Cinematographer Robert Murphy. AD Vernon Smith. Additional camera, editing and color by John Mace. Grip, camera and editing: Jason Huggins. Visual effects by Kate Dawson. Original score by Richard Bowling. Into Dust Theme song , “Too Much Tequila” by Vinnie and the Iguanas.

Series creator Amy Quick Parrish has recently adapted the story into a young adult novel called  Into Dust – The Thunderbird Chronicles. It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, in paperback at Barnes and Noble.com and in paperback at Wellesley Books.

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NewEnglandFilm.com  Why Web Series Are Becoming The New Wild West

Filmmaker IQ Why Web Series Are Becoming The New Wild West

Short Film Texas  Texas Director Amy Quick Parrish’s Web Series “Into Dust” Is High School Superhero Daydream Come To Life

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Official Web Site for Into Dust Web Series. 



Into Dust – The Thunderbird Chronicles

When the bullet pierced her father’s heart and he crumpled to the floor of his convenience store, it changed Janey Santiago’s life forever. At first she wasn’t even sure if she was alive or dead as she watched a strange blue light shift from his body to hers. In his final moments he handed Janey his mask, confirming her suspicions that he was indeed the vigilante fighting the local cartels. Janey felt a surge of energy and knew it was her time to carry on her father’s work. With the guidance of Augusto – her father’s mysterious young right-hand man – and enigmatic parallels from her favorite comic book series, Janey must learn how to use her mysterious new abilities to fight back against the gangsters that killed her father and threaten to overtake her town.

This is the first in a series – The Thunderbird Chronicles. Available for pre-sale on Amazon and will be delivered wirelessly to your Kindle, phone, etc. on June 30, 2016.

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Freelance Writer

My work has appeared in The Atlantic, NewEnglandFilm.com, Wellesley Hometown Weekly and many other publications. Here are some links to my more recent clips:


The Atlantic – May 7, 2014:

Wellesley High School Teacher David McCullough Jr. : Advice to High School Graduates – You are Not Special

“McCullough encourages his students to go out and see the world—travel, buy a boat, climb mountains, work in Haiti, join the armed forces, or go to the library and simply start reading anything and everything that interests them. “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” -Excerpt


NewEnglandFilm.com – April 30, 2014:


photo by Amy Quick Parrish

photo by Amy Quick Parrish

A Report From IFFBoston: Proof that Boston Movie Lovers are Absolute Winners

“Cambridge-based director Colin Healy said, “From the programmers themselves to the folks waiting out in the rush line to see Homemakers, every single human I encountered during IFF Boston was a big ol’ charmer and proof that Boston’s movie lovers are absolute winners. I’m so glad Homemakers was able to kick off here in New England — IFF Boston for filmmakers is like a womb.” -Excerpt

Kat Candler and Josh Wiggins on the set of Hellion. Photo by Lauren Logan.

Kat Candler and Josh Wiggins on the set of Hellion. Photo by Lauren Logan.

Talking With Kat Candler: Writer/Director of Hellion

“Candler’s advice to filmmakers? “I think there’s wonderful beauty in being naïve when you’re starting out. Anything’s possible. And you will try to leap tall buildings when maybe you don’t realize how tall the building is or the protocol of how to leap. I loved that I didn’t know what I know now. It gave me great hope and grit. I think if I could tell my younger self anything it would be to study as many films as possible. Just study, study and study more. To always be a student. Never ever think you know everything because that’s when your work suffers.” -Excerpt

January 3, 2014

Why Web Series are Becoming the New Wild West

Actress Erin Taylor of Into Dust web series. Photo by Amy Quick Parrish

Actress Erin Taylor of Into Dust web series. Photo by Amy Quick Parrish

“The lure of creative freedom, the ease of digital filmmaking and editing, and the access to viewers all around the world has made the web series increasingly popular among filmmakers over the past few years. Although monetization remains a challenge, the web series is the wave of the future.” -Excerpt


Wellesley Hometown Weekly


“Sleepwalker” by Tony Matelli. Photo by Amy Quick Parrish.

March 5, 2014

Controversial Statue Draws Attention to Wellesley College

“An ultra-realistic statue of a middle-aged, balding, under-wear-clad sleepwalker on the grounds of an all-female college has caused quite a ruckus in Wellesley over the past month. The statue, known as Sleepwalker, has prompted petitions from students calling for the statue’s removal on the grounds that the figure may trigger anxiety and trauma for victims of sexual assault. This has sparked dozens of letters defending and critiquing the art, and drawn numerous gawkers eager to take their picture with the statue.” -Excerpt