The Dandelion Cortex

22 mins
United States
  • FFTG AwardJury Choice Best Short Film (Psychological) - Nico Fulton Lavachek, Elwood Quincy Walker
  • FFTG AwardBest Concept - Nico Fulton Lavachek
  • FFTG AwardBest Actress - Sarah Doerner
  • FFTG AwardBest Cinematography - Bennett Barbosa
  • FFTG AwardBest Editing - Eden Ashkenazi
  • FFTG AwardBest Sound Design - Nico Fulton Lavachek

After a gas leak explosion kills her sister and leaves her on the brink of death, Quinn is sent to the afterlife to defeat a monster composed of her negative thoughts.

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The Dandelion Cortex

Original Title: 

The Dandelion Cortex

Production Year: 



Sarah Doerner – “Quinn”
Susanna Matza – “Bunny”
Tara Kaye Burgh – “Ruby”
James Warfield – “Pastor”
Ryan Kearton “Rotling”


Nico Fulton Lavachek, Elwood Quincy Walker


Nico Fulton Lavachek


Eden Ashkenazi

Dir. of Photography: 

Bennett Barbosa



Short Film, Student


United States




Director's Statement

I have always been fascinated with human nature and the hidden mental layers human beings have that are never shared with anyone. I wanted to write a film that does not necessarily expose these suppressed negative thoughts we all inherently have, but to remind us that we are all naturally guilty of them.

The Dandelion Cortex means a lot to me because I wrote the original version in 2015 and kept writing and rewriting it many times before I finally reached the final version in 2019. It’s a story that I was born to tell! It could not have been realized without the help of my amazing team who believed in my writing and exerted an incredible amount of energy to make this story a reality.

Thank you to the cast, Susanna, Tara, James, and Ryan for teaming up to create the ultimate antagonistic team and for adding their own artistic flares to each role. Thank you to Sarah Doerner for the focus, dedication, talent, and enthusiasm she brought to the lead role of Quinn!

Thank you to Eden for editing the film for almost 10 months, to Elwood for sticking with me throughout production, and to Bennett for physically capturing the world I had been dreaming about for years!

Nico Fulton Lavachek

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