Chattanooga Film Festival: The Monster Inside (2022)

The first short directed and written by Ashley Hammelman, who has worked in the makeup departments of films like Death RanchBetter Safe Than SorryVeronica Skeletons in The Closet and the upcoming The Visitor, this film has some wild visuals and frightening moments to tell the story of a woman struggling with depression and fighting her own inner demon.

Hammelman has an interesting story. She grew up making stop motion films and working in a movie theater before going to college, working on reality shows and getting another degree in makeup arts. She’s currently working to earn her Masters in Marriage in Family Therapy and hopes to spread awareness about mental health and create an open dialogue for people who are having issues related to it. She now uses her passion for telling stories — and the inner battles of mental trauma — to make films just like this one.

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