Peyton, seven years old, clumsily attempts to fend for herself, while her widowed father struggles to complete an urgent work assignment by midnight.


  • Kaleigh Spencer: Director
  • Laura M. Johnson: Writer
  • Cole Goslee: Writer
  • Laura M. Johnson: Producer
  • Pierce Lackey: Key Cast “Dan Nolan”, Teenage Bounty Hunters (Netflix)
  • Linder Sutton: Key Cast, “Peyton Nolan”, John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch, Jacob’s Ladder


  • Project Type: Short, Student
  • Runtime: 12 minutes
  • Completion Date: July 24, 2018
  • Production Budget: 4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English
  • Shooting Format: RED Weapon
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Film Color: Color
  • Student Project

Director Statement

“Coming from a family of divorced parents, I am drawn to stories that are told through the eyes of children from broken families. When I first read the screenplay for this film, the main character of Peyton truly spoke to me. Though my situation was different from Peyton’s by age and circumstance, I immediately felt connected to this little girl whose life had been turned completely upside down. The fragility, strength, passion, and pain that I saw within her resembled who I was as a young girl when my family was changed forever. This pulled deeply at my heart, and I knew it would connect to many others.

In directing Linder Sutton (Peyton), I aimed to give her the freedom to express herself in an environment where she felt safe and open to use her imagination, to be a child. It was absolutely vital to establish trust between us, as well as ensure that Pierce Lackey (Dan) fostered an atmosphere that allowed her to play and connect with him. He handled this mission remarkably. Because of this, my most favorite moments in the film are purely Linder – those tiny gems and magical moments that warm your heart with their beauty. I was touched and honored that she felt comfortable to share those moments with me, and the camera captured them magnificently. Linder and Pierce were truly exceptional, and I am so thrilled to share this slice-of-life story in hopes that it will touch others as it has touched me.”
-Kaleigh Spencer, director, Elephants Purr Like Cats Do