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A mustached man becomes overly frustrated when he is denied the ability to payback his neighbor.


Directed by Joshua Bowen

Written by Lukas Brausch

Starring Jason Thompson and Joshua Bowen


Find on IMDb:


*Nominee* - Best Director / Best Screenplay / Best Actor / Best Editing - SBVC International Student Film Festival, 2021

*Official Selection* - Miami Underground Film Festival, 2021

*Official Selection* - Corti a Ponte Film Festival, 2021

*Official Selection* - SBVC International Student Film Festival, 2021

*Official Selection* - Goa Short Film Festival, 2021

*Official Selection* - South Georgia Film Festival, 2021

*Official Selection* - Fresh International Film Festival, 2020

*Official Selection* - Silver Screen International Film Festival, 2019

*Official Selection* - Key West Film Festival, 2019

*Official Selection* - All American High School Film Festival, 2019

*Official Selection* - Gasparilla International Film Festival, 2019


"Payback" is my first "off" film, in the sense that I didn't make it to please the general audience. There is a very specific humor.


Originally, this round of films I wanted to create a time travel piece, but after my 5th revised script was denied, I decided to refer back towards scripts already made. Thinking back, there was a script I asked permission to make a while back. It was supposed to be made over the summer but things got busy as usual. Now that I had time, it was the perfect opportunity.


This short is the first Joshua Bowen film I was not credited as screenwriter. While I wanted to keep the "Written and Directed by Joshua Bowen" legacy, I saw there's nothing wrong with just having a great story told on screen. That's what film is about, telling a great story, whether it's mine or Lukas Brausch's (the screenwriter for Payback.)

Behind The Scenes

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