When Orson Welles debuted his radio show “The War of the Worlds”, an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel by the same name, many listeners believed that an alien invasion was happening on American soil.
In Nathan Karimi’s short film “4AM”, radio jockey Paul Peterson (Skully Shemwell) pays tribute to Orson Welles’ legendary broadcast by staging his own UFO hoax for a small town in Southern Missouri.
One listener, a man named Bill (Ford Fanter), unfortunately tunes in too late to hear Peterson’s announcement that the following radio show is for entertainment purposes only. As actors in the studio give the performance of their lives portraying phoney doctors (Michael Scott Dunn) and victims of an alien attack (Stephanie Zhong), Bill is riveted by the terrifying notion that extraterrestrials have come to eradicate all human life.
As Bill begins to descend into madness, it becomes clear just how easy it is to fool someone who is willing to believe.
Julienne Graebner │ August 25, 2020