“Sara and the Animals” is a short completed in the Winter of 2020. The story follows Sara Schrader, a 20 year-old who, still in the emotional aftermath of her mother’s sudden death, is thrust into the adult world by her similarly grief-stricken father.
After Sara’s attempts at grown up normalcy fail miserably, she happens upon a group of masked mystical journeyers who are in the lead-up to a drug-fueled, hallucinogenic ritual. The group’s leader, who dons a wolf mask, invites the still-shaken Sara to take part in their strange reverie.
The resulting journey inward forces Sara to confront the emotional demons she’s thus far avoided, a process which will either vault her toward healing or destroy her completely. “Sara and the Animals” is a harrowing, emotional, surreal short from first-time writer-director Joel Austin.