Archive of films Soft for Digging / Soft for Digging

2001, 74 min

Section: Forum of Independents
Year: 2002

One morning an old man wanders into the woods in search of his runaway cat. He instead finds a child with no parents and a murder with no corpse.


Elderly Virgil Manoven lives in a remote cabin where he encounters no one but the paper girl. One morning he ventures into the woods looking for his runaway cat and witnesses the murder of a little girl. Although he tries to forget it, violent fragments of the incident begin to crowd in his mind. But nobody believes him, not even the police: especially when no corpse is found. Gradually, even Virgil himself is not sure anymore what he actually saw, but he decides to find out. A bizarre horror with almost no dialogue, but with a sense for black humour.

About the director

JT Petty attended NYU’s Tisch School, made a number of short films and now works writing screenplays for video games. Soft for Digging is his first feature film, completed when he was 21 years old with a budget of 6,000 USD.

About the film

Black & white, 16 mm

Section: Forum of Independents
Director: JT Petty
Screenplay: JT Petty
Dir. of Photography: Patrick McGraw
Music: James Wolcott & Sophocles Papavasilopoulous
Editor: JT Petty, Dean Holland
Producer: Jeffrey Odell, JT Petty
Production: JT Petty
Cast: Sarah Ingerson, Andrew Hewitt, Kate Petty, Edmond Mercier, Wayne Knickel

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