2023 Official Selection / Etheria Film Night
Directed by Meg Swertlow
USA | 8:00 min

A woman fleeing from her abusive husband gets locked in an underground parking garage with a masked killer.

Director Bio
MEG SWERTLOW is a high-spirited and high-energy screenwriter and director who uses her voice to tell thrilling female-forward stories. Meg’s mission is to empower women to dare to be bold. Most recently Meg wrote and directed a horror proof of concept/short film called No Overnight Parking starring Alyssa Milano, which the Brazen actress is also producing. Meg was hired by Four Leaf Productions to write an Untitled Wedding feature, which is currently being shopped. She is also developing an R-rated romcom with Chicago Med and Hallmark star Jessy Schram. Meg’s screenwriting has nabbed over 20 Grand Prize, Runner-up, and Finalist competition and film festival nods in recent years, notably being named one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021 (out of over 60,000 screenwriters). Her one-hour pilot, Witch, Please!, is the #1 hour-long family pilot of all time on Coverfly, the industry’s premier script database. She has been selected for the prestigious Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab, Middlebury Screenwriters Lab, and the Women in Film (WIF) Mentorship Program. Meg has also been using her passionate attitude for storytelling to dive into directing, shooting eight short films in just the past two years. Her award-winning short films have been featured in over 30 top genre film festivals, including Fantastic Fest, Fright Fest UK, Final Girls Berlin, Brooklyn Horror Fest, Film Quest, Panic Fest, Nightmares Film Festival, Portland Horror Film Festival, and more. Her work also led to a Panavision New Filmmakers Grant. In August 2022, Meg wrote and directed a short film in an all-female-directed anthology feature, Give Me an A, which is executive produced by Tasha Halevi and stars Alyssa Milano, Gina Torres, and Jason George. After graduating from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in theater, Meg went back home to her native Los Angeles and fell into the family business: writing breaking news for major entertainment outlets Entertainment Tonight and E! News. During that time, Meg also studied Method Acting and Meisner Technique and also trained in improv comedy at iO West, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and The Groundlings, eventually performing thousands of improv and stand-up shows around Los Angeles. In doing so, Meg honed her comedic sensibilities and the art of storytelling. In 2018, she left her successful, decade-long career in entertainment journalism to follow her dream to write and direct for TV and film.