Monster in a House, released in September of 2014, is a hauntingly-imaginative short film about divorce, neglect and finding the courage to stand up to one’s fears. Evoking memories of Poltergeist, the film was written and directed by 27-year-old Christiano Dias and stars Golden Globe winner Joseph Bottoms and Lisa Roumain as the parents of Miah, a young girl portrayed by talented newcomer Kitana Turnbull. Filmed in a single shot in order to provide a more immersive viewing experience, Monster in a House follows Miah as she attempts to elude and chase off a creature that she fears is tearing her and her parents apart.
Dias, whose previous work includes King Eternal, which received a CINE Golden Eagle and Gold Remi Award and was recently offered a worldwide distribution deal, began experimenting with cameras at the age of 12 after being given a hand-me-down camcorder and was later nominated for a Lonestar Emmy Award for his role as director and co-creator of a college-run television program at the University of North Texas. He currently has over 20 short films to his name, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Audience Award Winner at Hollyshorts Film Festival and Best Student Film at LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood, and he has twice been recognized at the Cannes Short Film Corner.