ABOUT ESSEX

A SHORT FILM
It’s New Year’s Eve and Amy’s first night alone providing on-call support for Essex Enterprises, a home security firm. When a bad storm knocks the company’s servers offline, she calls Jake, a down-on-his-luck support technician. Jake shows her the real Essex: a high-tech piece of software capable of controlling hundreds of Smart Homes with the click of a button. Amy’s hooked on it – and Jake’s hooked on her.

Director and Cast

Meet the team behind ESSEX

Denver Hollingsworth

Director

A self-taught filmmaker, Denver spent his early years creating films with brothers, cousins and friends in rural Eastern NC, using his creative talents to write, shoot, act, direct and edit each film. After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in Journalism, Denver returned to Wilmington, NC to work in the field of marketing. He continues to pursue his passion for filmmaking, using every opportunity to hone his craft. Denver's award-winning films often showcase his greatest strengths: storytelling, directing and editing.

Grace Hamashima

``AMY``

Born and raised in Cary, NC, Grace graduated from East Carolina University in 2017 with a BFA in Musical Theater.

Tyler Barnhardt

``JAKE``

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in Matthews, North Carolina, Tyler was hooked on acting at an early age. In high school, he knew that was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a BFA in Acting. Tyler currently stars as Charlie St. George in season three of Netflix's hit show 13 Reasons Why.

Watch The Film

About

It’s New Year’s Eve and Amy’s first night alone providing on-call support for Essex Enterprises, a home security firm. When a bad storm knocks the company’s servers offline, she calls Jake, a down-on-his-luck support technician. Jake shows her the real Essex: a high-tech piece of software capable of controlling hundreds of Smart Homes with the click of a button. Amy’s hooked on it – and Jake’s hooked on her.

Cast and Crew

Written, Directed and Produced by: Denver Hollingsworth

Story by: Denver Hollingsworth & Stacy Garrett

Starring: Grace Hamashima (“AMY”), Tyler Barnhardt (“JAKE”), Glenn Hartzog II (“ROB”)

Cinematography: Garrett Poulos

Sound Technician & Design/Music: Connor Mangold

Script Supervisor: Carlyn Legg

Production Assistant: Emerson Voss

Location

“ESSEX” was shot on location in Wilmington, NC, inside a working call center.

Film Awards & Official Selections

ESSEX accolades