During an indeterminable time period, Emily (Anna Ishida), a troubled ghost who died, haunts her own Victorian house every day, wondering why she can't leave. With the help of Sylvia, (Jeannie Barroga), a clairvoyant hired to rid the house of spirits, Emily is forced into a 'patient/therapist' relationship, uncovering disturbing mysteries about her past that may help her move on to 'the next place'.
The film cost roughly $10,000 with a substantial amount of it raised on Kickstarter, $7500 of which was for actual production.
In the year end wrap up, SF Weekly said of I Am a Ghost, "Real horror...if every first effort in a genre is this good, we encourage his restlessness." while Tim Sika of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle called it "Brilliant. Like Kubrick, Bergman, Hitchcock and Fincher combined."
In a more mixed review, while Dennis Harvey of Variety called it "Haunting. Cleverly conceived [and] artfully crafted" he makes note that the film is "a bit of a slog at times getting to the point at which the suspense kicks up a few notches."
Best of Lists
Top 10 Films of 2012 - National Film Society
Best of 2012 Performers - Asia Pacific Arts
Best Films of 2012 - Asia Pacific Arts
Best of 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
Best Directors of 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
Best of 2012 - Dallas Voice
Top 10 Films of 2012 - All Things Horror
Best of 2012 - Film Bizarro
Top 10 Best Horror 2012 - Planet of Terror
Best of 2012 - Horror Director - SF Weekly
Best of 2012 - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
BEST ACTRESSES OF 2012 - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
Best Picture - Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2012
Best Horror Film - PollyGrind Film Festival
Best Film - Audience Award - NOCTURNA: Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival
Best Film - Audience Award - Samain du cinéma fantastique de Nice
Best Director - Audience Award - Samain du cinéma fantastique de Nice
Best Horror Director - SF Weekly 2012
Best Horror Director - Tucson Terrorfest 2012
Best Actress - Tucson Terrorfest 2012
Best Actress - Horror Festival of Molins de Rei
Special Jury - Best Actress - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
I Am a Ghost is available in Digital HD via Gravitas Ventures on March 1, 2014. DVD releases on March 19, 2014.