Sci-Fi Short Film: “Speak Only Good of the Dead” | DUST

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A military supercomputer learns about poetry, love and fate.

Based on Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “EPICAC”

“Speak Only Good of the Dead” by Jac Viramuerte and Samuel Romero

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Speak Only Good of the Dead is a science fiction/drama short film in which a lovesick mathematician discovers that EPICAC, the military supercomputer he works with, is actually sentient. After teaching EPICAC about love & poetry, he attempts to use the machine to win the heart of his beautiful co-worker, Pat Kilgallen, by claiming EPICAC’s poetry as his own.

“Speak Only Good of the Dead” Credits:
Director Jac Viramuerte
Producer Samuel Romero
Executive Producers Rafael Romero
Leonardo Weyce
Trevor Miller
Maryam Naqqash
Magaly Pefig
Miguel & Andrea Romero
Associate Producers Michelle Ryan
Robert Ramos
NicolΓ‘s Pantaleon
Alejandro Weyce
Julio Weyce
Ana Paula Rocha de Melo
Director of Photography Samuel Romero
Production Designer Robert R. Ramos
Story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Screenplay by Arminio S. Rivero
Samuel Romero
Pedro Gomez
Line Producer Victor Portillo
Production Coordinator Cristopher Gando
Production Designer Robert R. Ramos
Casting Director Selina Savage

The Programmer David Cope
Pat Magaly Pefig
Dr. Kuznetzov Alexei Afonin
Major General G.M. Barnes Michael Dean Walker

1st ADs Isabela Cano
Victor Portillo
Michelle Ryan
Script Supervisor Bryan Suarez

Art Director Edgar Ruiz
Set Construction Howard Benitez
Set Dresser Ashley Hickey
Hair/Wardrobe Pablo Velho
Makeup Artist Kelly Flores
Materials Transpo Christian Galvez

1st AC Humberto Blanco
2nd ACs Tristin Bonachea
Octavio Suarez
D.I.T. Erick Alamo

Key Grip Dannyboi Rodriguez
Grip Onyx Lopez
Gaffer Kufre Eyo
Best Boy Electric Ethan Perez

Sound Mixer Andres Alfonso

On Set Editor Mikey Mechoso
BTS Photographer Gabrielle Garcia

1st AD Eleni Doucas
Script Supervisor Gaby Caminero

Art Director Ashley Hickey
Set Dressers Anna C. Milczewski
Steven Lee
Raquel Ramirez
Wardrobe Pablo Velho

1st AC Humberto Blanco
2nd AC Tristin Bonachea
D.I.T. Erick Alamo

Key Grip Dannyboi Rodriguez
Grip Ethan Perez
Gaffer Kufre Eyo
Best Boy Electric Onyx Lopez

Sound Mixer Janier Diaz

1st AD Cristopher Gando
1st AC Tristin Bonachea
Key Grip Dannyboi Rodriguez

Editors Samuel Romero
Arminio S. Rivero
Assistant Editor Janier Diaz
Colorist Adam Lighterman
Sound Designer Alexis MondragΓ³n
Composer Mauricio Trabanino

Produced in the School of Design & Entertainment, Miami Dade College

Advisor Tommy Demos

Special Thanks
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library
Arminio J. Rivero & Sonia M. Menezes
Paul Bouche
Josh Ellis
Agustin Gonzalez
Adrian Garcia
Daniela Mejia
Egon Stephan Jr.
Deana Williams
Daniela Diaz
Saskia Laricchia
Arantxa Carrion
Hilda Gonzalez Montes
Jenny Pomares
Salvador Camero
Chime Serra
Stranger Things
Diliana Alexander
Oscar Graterol
Kiko Ricote
Deborah Gomez
Raquel Ramirez
Beatriz Felix de Sousa
Andres Simonian
Emiliano Gioffre
Olivia Timmons
Rodrigo Romero Gonzalez
Valerie Vetter
Mark Robbins
Rebekah Clow
Traci Fuller
Andres Monsalve
Melissa Rivera
Lia Aranguibel Angulo
Reni Lakatos
Tom Beaver
Natalia Patino
Jose Martinez
Jordan M. Barker

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  1. Wonderful. And thanks so much for the homage to Vonnegut.

  2. Mj beautiful story πŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸΌ

  3. I did NOT see that coming. This was done so very well. Thanks for the work!

  4. Absolutely beautiful. ONe of my top favorite. Well done… well done

  5. Could I know the name of that beautiful and heartwarming music in the end of this emotional film that bring me a tear? I'll so grateful πŸ™

  6. Aaah, this was so moving. So cute and a little sad…

  7. ☹️☹️☹️😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  8. Such a beautiful episode! ❀️

  9. Superb! Outstanding! Easily one of the best I've watched. I'm going to save this one and watch it again when I need inspiration.

  10. Not even Isaac Asimov, who is IMHO a clear inspiration for this short story, could have written it better.

  11. Beautiful and heartbreaking πŸ’”β€οΈ

  12. One word… : magnificent…!!!…

  13. SO incredibly touching. Love gained, Love lost, Tragedy, Bittersweet.. Oh wow..
    To want something so badly and knowing that It will always be out of grasp connected with me on so many levels.. πŸ™
    This touched me very deeply , especially "Im going to short circuit myself out of your lives"

    Bravo! I felt so drawn into the story and excellent narration! MY best to all those involved in its production. I cant wait to see more from the director and creative crew. God Bless

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  15. I'm not adding applause to your work here as i can't compete with all the comments doing more than i could.
    I've now seen 30 or so and come to the conclusion that you're all downright dangerous mental…..or highly motivated and the FKN BEST !

  16. Interesting that when Epicac works his most intensely, his only response is "Oh." Amazing.

  17. it’s been done many times, but this has a real passion. the ”machine” really understands, is an emotional being, and human in a beautiful, sensitive way – so much more so than other stories, it is beautifully told and produced. i love the β€˜40’s feel of the set. and Darling is so β€˜40’s (and β€˜50’s). he didn’t quite get how to say it though. interesting choice for Pat. poor machine {:| πŸ₯€

  18. I love the retrofuturistic style of this film

  19. just… wow… amazing story

  20. Absolutely beautiful, moving, thank you very much.

  21. you know when you're in primary school and teacher love to give essay assignment that titled 'i am a pen', 'i am a car' etc.? i'm getting that vibe from that supercomputer's pov.

  22. So sad…. So deep… so meaningful… masterpiece

  23. Well done, well done. This one is one of the best.

  24. why choose a machine as simple as a writting machine and not next gen AI , its harder to believe that a writting machine could have feeling

  25. Worth watching again…and again. Well done.

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