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Project of the Day: A Chemical Takes Lives as a Census Taker Takes Count

Project of the Day: A Chemical Takes Lives as a Census Taker Takes Count

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The Taker
Tweetable Logline:
Curtis is a high schooler who just landed a job working for the
Census- during the spread of a life threatening chemical across the
Elevator Pitch:
The Taker is a science fiction short film about a teenager working for
the U.S. Census as a summer job. However, he happens to be doing so
during the spread of an asbestos-like contaminant across the country.
The U.S. Government is using the Census Bureau to assess the “status” of
various areas, and determine where the chemical is spreading to.

It becomes Curtis’ responsibility to condemn these households as
contaminated and summon aggressive HAZMAT teams to purge the home and
haul the residents off into quarantined areas. However, Curtis
encounters a household that causes him to second guess his

Production Team:

Writer/Director – Maximillian Stenstrom
Producer – Jordan Fein
Editor – Kelly Simpson (“The uneXplained” on Bio/ A&E)
Cinematographer – Jake Saner

About the Production:
“When I was 19, I spent a summer working for the U.S. Census. While there
certainly wasn’t any life threatening chemicals involved in my time
doing Census work, it was an experience that marked me regardless. Not
to mention that the money I was able to save ended up paying for my
first short film!

“Now on my way out of NYU’s film program, I feel that it is the opportune
moment to look back and re-contextualize that experience. This movie is
ultimately about growing up, and accepting responsibility for your
actions. Sometimes, even the right actions have destructive
consequences.” — Maximillian Stenstrom

Current Status:

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