Feature Film (Drama, Thriller)

a film by Kate Demonceaux (United States)

Starring Adam Huss (Power), Madeline Zima (Twin Peaks, Californication, Heroes), Debra Wilson (MadTV, Scary Movie 4), Grant Bowler (Defiance, Ugly Betty, True Blood), Mischa Barton (Law and Order, The OC) and Emmy Award Nominee Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Painkillers is about a brilliant surgeon John Clarke (Huss) who, after a terrible car crash in which his son dies, is tormented by guilt and becomes prey to an unbearable physical pain. While his marriage starts disintegrating, John soon finds out that the only thing that can ease his pain is the taste of human blood. When he encounters Herb Morris (Bowler), a man who claims he can help him get his life back, John embarks upon a nightmarish journey through which he will either have to come to terms with his pain... or become a monster.


Roxy Shih is an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese-American director and producer. Roxy's feature length directorial debut, The Tribe, won Best Director at last year's Other World's Austin Festival and garnered many awards on the festival circuit. She recently completed directing ten episodes of Dark / Web (Julie Benz, Hannah Marks), an upcoming sci-fi anthology that explores the problems with living in a totally connected world. An advocate for diversity in media, she's also the founder of the Taiwanese-American Film Festival, which had it's inaugural run to sold out audiences this past July.