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Watch: Keith Stanfield Takes a Starring Role in Psychedelic Superhero Short Film ‘King Ripple’

Full of psychedelia, tons of teens and urban sprawls, the Keith Stanfield-starring short is something to behold.

Editor’s note: Our original post has now been updated with a fresh version of Jaden’s short film. Enjoy.

Full of psychedelia, tons of teens and urban sprawls, the Keith Stanfield-starring “King Ripple” is one hell of a short.

READ MORE: Watch: Floating Bathtubs, Urban Wastelands and Keith Stanfield Populate ‘King Ripple’ Trailer

Clocking in around 10 minutes, young filmmaker Luke Jaden’s ambitious short is a disturbing mystery about four teenagers who wander into a (seemingly) abandoned urban junkyard where they clearly don’t belong. “King Ripple” is led by rising star Stanfield of “Short Term 12” and “Straight Outta Compton” fame as the titular monarch.

The film’s full synopsis reads: “In 1968 Detroit, an unhappy super-being is born. Forget why he’s unhappy. The baby wants to be alone. Lucky for him, anything he imagines comes to be. So he imagines away the doctors, the nurses, and then… the entire population of the city. The result? King Ripple lives alone in the city, the tarantula in its den, imagining whatever he wants, creating new skylines daily, roaming the empty streets upon his flaming throne, situated inside a bathtub on wheels.”

You can watch Jaden’s short, now available again on IndieWire, courtesy of Film School Shorts, below:

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Sounds like a lot of jealousy going on over this short. I’m not giving the short a pass because the guy is a teenager, but it shows a lot more grasp of the medium than a lot of stuff I see from a lot of independents, and the early works of a lot of professional masters of the craft. Good job, and I look forward to what he does next.


All gimmick and no substance. Generic Morgan Freeman does not make exposition go over any better. I agree with above poster this is not the kind of film that need to be showcased by a supposed "independent" website.


What’s his secret? For me this story doesn’t seem good enough to attract a budget that accommodates the enormous crew he had working on this. Maybe I’m naive, but I really hope Indiewire wasn’t paid by a P.R. company to get this story up as it alienates young filmmakers like myself.

Drew McWeeney

This was great. Totally unexpected. Raw and fresh.


Meh. Not bad, not noteworthy. Keith Stanfield is great and on the rise. The director may be someone to look out for, but he can’t write.

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