A short film by Scott Ross & Karl Beyer


About the Film

Trystan, a young connoisseur of vintage and designer curiosities, is forced to flee his home and survive on the streets of Philadelphia using nothing but an armload of useless possessions, including a pair of beeswax candles, a toaster, and a glass doorknob. A fictional parody of a real-life blog: theburninghouse.com.

The film toured with the 2014 Kickstarter Film Festival to New York and Los Angeles, debuted on the festival circuit at Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival in 2013, received a finishing funds grant from the Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association, and was a Kickstarter.com "Staff Pick" during its funding campaign.

The film features an original score by Evan Younger of the band Miracles of Modern Science, and a very special cameo by Philly rap legend Amanda Blank.

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About Us

Karl Beyer and Scott Ross have been directing films together in Philadelphia since high school. The duo's past work includes the viral documentary The World of Lisa Frank, over a dozen music videos for artists including Big Freedia, Toro Y Moi, and Spank Rock, and many short films and comedy sketches. Their shorts have screened and won awards at festivals including MIX NYC, Indie Grits, FLEX Film Festival, and Ft. Lauderdale Intl. Film Festival. Check out their past work at www.scottandkarl.tv.

Sean Close

Sean Close (Trystan) is an actor based in Philadelphia who has experience across a wide spectrum of theater and film--from Shakespearean tragedies to sketch comedy. "The Burning House" marks his first lead role in a film and his first time wearing tight white jeans.

Scott Ross

Co-writer/director Scott Ross cut his teeth directing experimental short films and music videos, and chipped his front tooth on a jumbo-sized jawbreaker when he was 13. He studied French Literature at New College of Florida. When he's not making films he can be found sleeping.


Karl Beyer

Co-writer/director Karl Beyer's passion for comedy was instilled in him by his parents, who made fun of him constantly growing up, and who allowed him to stay up every night until 3 in the morning watching late-night TV. Now he likes to drink vinegar and can barely bring himself to click a goddamn thing on Netflix.


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