After the sudden death of her pet hamster, young Dottie convinces her moody nihilist older brother Ned to take her to a fortune teller who claims he can raise pets from the dead.

After graduating from college with a degree in English, I moved back into my childhood bunkbed. No job, no future prospects, I would lie in that bunkbed at night and wonder if my dreams were pointless and my life was totally meaningless. It was...


Very silly. Here I was, college educated, safe, warm, dry, and yet contemplating "nothingness". So, in order to capture the silliness of my predicament, I decided to write a short comedy script.


In The Deadbeat, a young man finds guidance in an especially unusual way, by taking his younger sister to a pet resurrection.

Director's Statement



The Deadbeat is a 16 minute comedy short film starring George Wendt and completed at the Second City's Harold Ramis Film School.