Dust – short film!

by sikbitz

This is a sci-fi fantasy adventure called “Dust” – It first came to peoples attention back in 2013 when the director Mike Grier & Ember Lab production created a Kickstarter campaign to get funding for filming.

They received a whopping $101,030 compared to their $80,000 goal!

Dust is set in a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated themselves in an ancient city behind a massive wall. A socially marginalized tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save the society that has rejected his way of life.


A deadly new plague linked to a mysterious dust is devastating the countryside around Kabé—the world’s oldest city.

Irezúmi is a disgraced Tracker living in the abandoned outskirts of Kabé. Hired by a Merchant of the city’s underground medicine trade, he has yet to find a cure to the mysterious Dust that has begun falling on the city.


Little is known about the Dust or the unusual sickness it causes but as it continues to consume the countryside, Kabé is preparing to shut its gates—denying refuge to anyone outside the walls.

What is a tracker you might find yourself asking?

Throughout history the role of Trackers was to study the shifts in the environment and teach people to live in harmony with the natural world as it changed. Regarded as spiritual guides, Trackers cultivated and protected the balance that existed between the land and its people.


I honestly haven’t seen a short film recently that is more deserving of a full length film or TV series, everything in this short is simply amazing.

I’d say job well done to the people who made this!

Irezumi – Mashasi Odate
Medicine Merchant – Michael Evans Lopez

Written By: Jason Gallaty, Josh Grier & Mike Grier
Director of Photography: Michael Nie
Art Director: Eoin Colgan
Music: Theophany (Jason Gallaty)
VFX Supervisors: Philip McGuire, Hunter Schmidt, Andrew Thompson

Dust is Directed by Mike Grier and is an Ember Lab production.