Something in the Dirt

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Levi has snagged a no-lease apartment sight unseen in the Hollywood Hills to crash at while he ties up loose ends for his exodus from Los Angeles. He quickly strikes up a rapport with his new neighbor John, swapping stories like old friends under the glowing, smoke-filled skies of the city. One day, Levi and John witness something impossible in one of their apartments. Terrified at first, they soon realize this could change their lives and give them a purpose. With dollar signs in their eyes, these two random dudes will attempt to prove the supernatural.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Script: Justin Benson
Cinematography: Aaron Moorhead
Editing: Michael Felker, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Sound: Yahel Dooley, Shawn Duffy, Tom Boykin
Music: Jimmy LaValle
Actors: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Sarah Adina Smith, Wanjiru M. Njendu, Issa Lopez, Vinny Curran
Production: Rustic Films
Producers: David Lawson Jr., Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Production Design: Ariel Vida
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 116΄
Contact: The Festival Agency

Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, known as Moorhead & Benson, are the co-directing team behind the 2018 sci-fi cult hit The Endless, as well as the horror-romance Spring, Synchronic starring Anthony Mackie, and the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival sleeper success Resolution. With a do-it-yourself approach to filmmaking, they often wear as many hats as possible in their films: writing, directing, acting, producing, cinematography, editing, and visual effects. Along with their producing partner David Lawson, they run the boutique indie production company Rustic Films (She Dies Tomorrow). They have recently directed the Netflix series Archive 81, as well as Moon Knight and Loki (Season 2) for Marvel Studios. Their critically acclaimed fifth feature film Something in the Dirt premiered at Sundance Film Festival and will be theatrically released in the USA in November 2022.


Aaron Moorhead:

2005 For the Motherland (short)
2010 A Glaring Emission
2013 Wrecked (short)
2017 The Endless (co-direction)
2019 Synchronic (co-direction)
2022 Something in the Dirt (co-direction)

Justin Benson:

2010 A.M. (short)
2012 Resolution
2017 The Endless (co-direction)
2019 Synchronic (co-direction)
2022 Something in the Dirt (co-direction)