'Afterthoughts' by Pasadena Filmmaker Makes its Big Screen Debut at Pasadena International Film Festival

Published : Friday, March 15, 2019 | 4:50 AM

A paranormal detective thriller called “Afterthoughts” makes its debut at the Pasadena International Film Festival Friday.

“Afterthoughts” is part of a bigger picture, as writer-director Peyton Skelton of Pasadena explained. The short film is based on a script for a feature film, which in turn, is based on a series of books by Lynn Tincher.

Skelton who is perhaps best known as a longtime gaffer on “Grey’s Anatomy,” decided to go to a different side of the camera, this time calling the shots. He has lived in Pasadena for the last 15 years.

Peyton Skelton

“The film and the books are set in Louisville, Ky and the majority of filming was done in downtown LA,” Skelton. “The urban industrial setting fit with the idea that they’re on a stakeout And we needed a place where we could film all night.

“I think in the feature we get into more subject matter,” he said. “We find out Paige is adopted and doesn’t really have a family and we connect her back to her beginnings. I would say that at the end of the short film, we see Paige’s confidence. She has the trust in the vision and that opens her eyes to have faith in herself.”

The short film version of the project is meant to leave you with questions, Skelton said.

“We’re calling it a paranormal police procedural,” Skelton said. “It has some surprises and some unknowns.”

The female lead is Paige Aldridge played by actress Ciera Payton, Dt. Jay Vittidini played by Matthew Yang King and Lady X is played by Jenna Parker.

The story is unique and that can be great but also presents challenges, Skelton said.

“When we were initially looking for funding, you come up with something comparable, there were almost no movies with a female lead detective, none who were paranormal detectives and nothing in this genre that had all of these characteristics,” Skelton said. “It made it challenging because there was nothing comparable. I think that’s a great thing about the short film and the project. Paige is not the sidekick. She takes possession of the ability given and it empowers her.”

The film screens at during the View To a Thrill block at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

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