King Ripple

| August 23, 2016

DePaul University / 2015 / 11 minutes / English / Color

“We don’t know when King Ripple was born, but they say he wouldn’t stop crying.”

When King Ripple was born, he did not want to be held, so he imagined that everyone — the doctors, the nurses, his own mother — disappeared. And they did. As he grew up, King Ripple imagined away more and more people. Now the city is an urban wasteland.

King Ripple hasn’t been seen in 18 years. But when four teens decide to investigate, they discover more than they could have ever imagined.

Directed by Luke Jaden. Based on an original story by Josh Malerman. Principal Cast: Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton), Callaghan Belle, Torrey Wigfield, Allie DeBerry, Luke Jaden, and Ed Kelly.

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer