MORIUM

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Bullied... Years of shame.
If you had the power to avenge yourself... would you?

Directed by award winning filmmaker Steve Hermann, based on the trilogy by S.J. Hermann available on Amazon.

MORIUM is a series of short films about Alexandria and Nathan... and Stacy. Three teenagers who were bullied all through high school. They kept their torment a secret from their family and tried to cope in their own way. Their friendship saw them through the seemingly endless years of suffering.

But hope was in sight… they will be graduating soon. The vision of a new life away from the bullies and the constant humiliation, gave them something to look forward to. If only that day came sooner.

One night, Lexi and Nathan saw an object fall from the sky and went to investigate. As they touched the rock, a strange power entered their bodies.

Suddenly, they're not helpless anymore. They can get revenge for all the suffering and pain they had to endure.

How will they use these powers?

MORIUM discusses the moral dilemma of doing what's right against getting revenge. But when your dignity has been shattered and your life has been a living hell... what is RIGHT?

The Cast

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TAYDEM SHOESMITH

Alexandria (Lexi) O'Conner

With over eighteen theater plays and nine musical appearances Taydem is an established stage performer. She won an award for Best Actress in her first film, the independent short film, In the Dark as the lead actress Jessie. She trained at Serendipity Acting School for five years for acting and ensemble. Taydem released her first award winning music video for her song Nightmare in April 2021.

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MAVERICK RISLEY

Nathan Sweeny

Maverick holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Northwestern College. He played the lead role in the short films, The Doll, Animals in the Night and had a supporting role on Chicago Med. Maverick has extensive theater experience to go along with also being a model and voice actor. Like Taydem, Maverick's excitement on landing the role of Nathan was exhilarating to say the least.

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EMMA NORVILLE

Stacy Bishop

Winner of the Cappies Award for "Best Comic Actress in a Musical" and holder of the 2019 "Loaf Improv Comedy Troupe," Emma is not only a talented stage presence but has appeared in the films, GetAWAY, One More Chance, Five, Cardinal, White Lie, and the web series Dream Team. Emma is the perfect fit for the part of the spunky and no filter Stacy.

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SOPHIE OLDFORD

Maddie Cooper

Sophie has the honor of being the first role to be filled for MORIUM.  From her first audition reel to her last, she hit it out of the park, effortlessly  capturing Maddie’s condescending attitude as well as her internal torment.  Sophie splits her extracurricular time between film and stage.  Her first lead role in film was in the short “Daniel” (in post-production), followed up by supporting roles in two TV Pilots (in production).  Sophie is beginning a BFA Acting program.

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MAGDALENA CONWAY

Tiffany Henderson

Magdalena holds a BA in acting from Columbia College and is winner of Best Young Actress at the X World Film Festival. Her credits include Contessa, Book of Faces, Three eyed Deer, Fortify, Lola Has a Bad Dream, Fantasy Foods, Blackout and In the Dark. Not only an experienced film actress, she is also an established stage actress as well. During her first audition, Magdalena had a 10 second part where it clicked that she should play Tiffany. She has quite a list of special skills ranging from Ballet, Singing (Soprano), back bends and falling up the stairs. 

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JAKE YANKO

Tyler Grunderson

Jake is currently taking classes at Second City and has written and filmed comedy shorts. Several requests and auditions  came in for the role of Tyler, but it was Jake's that stood far above the rest. If anyone can play Tyler's cocky attitude, Jake is the one. 

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WILSON HINES

Ethan Colingsworth

Wilson's audition for the role of Ethan was a memorable one. Not only was his audition fantastic, he took the time to jog in place as the script side read. Wilson has appeared in several drama club plays and has been involved in many community services. This will be his first time in front of the camera. 

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ANNA ROEMER

Elizabeth Yule

A dance teacher by day, Anna was eager to audition for the role of math teacher Elizabeth Yule, tough, yet with compassion. She has supporting roles in the Indie film Promise of the Butterfly, and the DePaul film, Love. She holds a B.F.A. from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. Though the role is small, Anna's part is pivotal to bring the series full circle. 

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MIRANDA KILPATRICK

Renee

It's great to welcome Miranda to the world of film. Her theatre experiences include acting and production assistance. We’re glad to have her play the mysterious character Renee.

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STEPHANIE GOFF

Patricia O'Conner

Bio coming soon.

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DELILAH HEFNER

young Lexi

Delilah, born in 2013, is an actress from the Midwest. Delilah’s career began in 2020 and she immediately fell in love with being on set. Since then Delilah has filmed just over a dozen productions in a handful of cities in the Midwest and on the East coast. Delilah's favorite part of being cast in a production is meeting new people and gaining new friends!

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MARISSA CHAFEE

Kate

Bio coming soon.

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STEVE HERMANN

Director

Steve Hermann is a self-taught filmmaker and has adapted his books The MORIUM Trilogy by S.J. Hermann into a series of short films. Steve made his directing debut with the award winning short film In the Dark and plans for many other adaptations of his books to film. Steve is an anti-bulling advocate.

Music by Stephanie Wesh

Assistant Director Bethany Hazelitt

Based on MORIUM by S.J. Hermann

Written by Emma Norville & S.J. Hermann

Acrostar Films presents MORIUM

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How It Started

MORIUM is based on a trilogy of books that ended in 2017. At its core, MORIUM is not about the supernatural, but about bullying and the psychological effects it has on teens. The supernatural aspect adds a layer of questioning of what one would do if they had the power to strike back. Adapting the books to film is a process that generated a range of emotions. The joys would have to be finding the right actors and actresses to fill the roles of the characters that I've known for almost four years. Seeing them come to life is an emotion that is very hard to describe and outweighs the bad and the ugly. That being said, deciding what should be left out from the books for the films is a challenge all in itself. There were several scenes from the books that needed to be eliminated, mostly for budget constraints, or revised while still keeping the overall message. “Tell, don’t show,” is the banter for authors. For screenplay writers it’s, “Show, don’t tell,” so it can be difficult to separate the two when you’re used to writing one way. The hardest part of it all would have to be condensing three books, which would total about 10+ hours of film time, down to 6 or 7.

- S.J. Hermann

Streaming Now!

MORIUM Episode 1: Another Day in Hell is available NOW on a new ROKU and AMAZON FIRE channel called Independent Films Network.
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