Project Description

The Dead Die Once


Based on the surreal short story of Syrian writer Jehan Sayed Issa, Dead Die Once focuses on the story of a refugee living in the US who turns into another person in the evenings with the power of his memories. When he hears familiar voices from the radio in his kitchen and their demands for their freedom, the food is dragged into a space where all the people dead and alive are united. A creative, fantastic and surreal short film from McGillivray and Morelli.


Oneota Film Festival – Best Student Film
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival – Best Fictional Short Film
Arab Film Festival – World Premier

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Saturday, 20 June
Guest: Alex Morelli
Moderator: Aslı Şahin
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06/20/2020 01:00 PM
06/20/2020 01:30 PM
Instagram Live Q&A – The Dead Die Once
Guest: Alex Morelli – Moderator: Aslı Şahin
Year 2019, USA
Language Arabic
Type Short
Runtime 9′
Subtitle Turkish
Color Color
Format Digital
Director Max McGillivray, Alex Morelli
Screenwriter Jehan Sayed Issa
Cinematography Adam Ouellette
Editing Max McGillivray,
Alex Morelli
Music Suad Bushnaq
Producer Max McGillivray, Alex Morelli
Cast Reem Atassi, Adnan Al-Atassi, Thabet Barghout, Mary Fleming, Basel Elhadidi, Alaa Hammoud, Bilal Hariri, Elbaraa Haririr


Max McGillivray, Alex Morelli

  • 2019 – American Bison (Short)
  • 2020 – Hunting Game (Short)