Set in an alternate near future, the sci-fi short film THEY WATCH is a dystopian tale about society under the control of UNITY, an omnipresent corporation.
Against this backdrop, single mother Ann Hawthorne (Fawnda McMahan) is growing increasingly concerned about the activities of her idealistic teenage son Peter (Joey Luthman), a outspoken critic of UNITY's Big Brother-esque policies.
Peter is on a dangerous course, because those who publicly question UNITY's totalitarian grip on the country tend to vanish.
One evening after trying to dissuade him into giving up his risky crusade, Ann uncovers a startling secret Peter has been keeping from her.
All the while, mother and son are unaware of two mysterious intruders inside their home who are observing them.
THEY WATCH's chilling vision seems disturbingly prescient in light of the current political climate here in the United States, as well as the increase in terrorism and extreme nationalism throughout the world.
What also makes this short film unique among similar stories is its focus on the human element.
Writer and director Andre LeBlanc has created a highly realized world, while also managing to paint an intimate portrait of a family in crisis.
THEY WATCH is no slouch on the production end either. The cast, cinematography, art design, musical score, and visual effects are all exemplary.
What makes the short further stand out is its well-conceived transmedia component.
Like hit tv series LOST and HEROES, viewers can discover tantalizing details about the world of the film - including a chronology of UNITY's rise to power, and hints regarding its true agenda - by exploring the film's web site, as well as the "official" web presence of UNITY itself.
Watch THEY WATCH here ...