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Reserved in Darkness

About the Film

Reserved in Darkness is a gritty thriller about the things we tell ourselves about the expectations of society and what happens when it all breaks down.


A man on the edge is forced into violence as his carefully constructed facade begins to crumble.


Some doors aren't meant to be opened. 

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Charlie is trapped in an unhappy marriage with a host of emotional trauma from his past. When he learns of his wife's affair he takes violent action in a fit of momentary insanity. You can check out the trailer below:

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Written, Cinematography and Edit by Christopher Talbott 

Directed by Ayanna Ziegler and Christopher Talbott

Paul Hara - B-Camera and Grip

Mark Berbano - Sound Recordist

Aditya Misra - Script Consultant

Joanne Kay - Makeup Artist


Christian Lowery as Charlie

Connie Chen as Lily

Alvin as Adam

Matthew Kropscot as Nick

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Double camera shoot to save on time for ultra low budget. We simulated TV light with gels.

Christopher Talbott

Chris is a San Francisco based multimedia artist and filmmaker. While living in the Bay Area for the last 15 years Chris has studied film at the Academy of Art, audio engineering at Berklee College of Music, and motion graphics at the Bay Area Video Coalition. He currently runs a small production company working in corporate video and film production as well was augmented reality. 

Directors Statement

The story I wanted to tell in this film is one of somebody who is so scared of what they are that they would do anything to avoid it. As a member of the LGBT community I wanted to tell a story about struggles that I faced, and ultimately how I chose to react to them and confront them to find happiness in my life. 

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