A short student film, presented to the Lovecraft Film Festival in 2016 and made available through the Film Fest on DVD. I finally bought a copy from them when I was at the NecronomiCon this summer. The DVD cover says that it’s “inspired by an H. P. Lovecraft story,” but the link is tenuous one.
“I haven’t slept in about four days now, translating shit, words I’ve never even heard of before. I had to board up the windows to help me concentrate. Every time I close my eyes, all I see is a hieroglyph… This is important.”
We hear this speech over quick cuts of a young man recording his video diary, the same young man pouring gasoline on himself and flicking a cigarette lighter, and a young woman in black attending his funeral.
When she goes to his apartment with armloads of cardboard boxes some time after the funeral, we get their story in flashback.
A month earlier, Stacey (Phoebe Fox) was excited when her boyfriend Tony Jermyn (Robert Justin Dresner) returned from a grad-student archeological trip to Peru, but Tony was even more excited about the discovery of wall carvings in a cave that looked like much smaller versions of the Nasca Lines. He wanted to do some independent research on them with an eye toward career establishing publication before sharing his findings with the (unnamed) university . “I’m going to be in National Geographic!”
Tony was extremely eager to get started right away, oblivious to all of Stacey’s Welcome Home overtures and forgetting this was their anniversary. Realizing that she wasn’t as important to him as his work, Stacey told him she was leaving; Tony was already so focused on his computer that he didn’t even realize she was breaking up with him.
Stacey exited in tears, leaving the flowers and Happy Anniversary card she bought for him on the living-room coffee table.