Dust was created as part of a crowdfunding project by Ben Ockrent and Jake Russell. The pair wrote and directed the finished short, which then went on to be featured at a bunch of different film festivals.
Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Die Hard) is in top form, once again playing a villain. Dust may just be one of his scariest performances, as he is downright creepy in this short horror-fantasy, playing a silent trench coat–sporting weirdo who follows a mother,and her daughter home from school. The film uses its musical score and sparing dialogue to subtly increase the sense of tension which ends up paying off big time in the film’s denouement.