Review by Mark Schwab - February 17th, 2016
BURIED TREASURE is an intense little do-it-yourself short film that combines domestic abuse with the supernatural. Certainly not a genre you come across every day but writer/director Gregory Thomas does a fine job with his limited budget.
Asia Marche' stars as a photographer heading out on a nice day to take some pictures who suddenly finds herself in a nightmare. Marche' does a nice job in the role, especially her fresh innocence at the beginning, talking out loud to her camera ("Ok, so what are we going to look at today?"). It isn't long before she begins having disturbing visions out in the woods due to her psychic abilities - when she touches people's possesions, the visions flood her consciousness - and a mystery begins to unfold. Even though it isn't a very surprising mystery, I don't think that was really the point. I think it was about approaching this tough material in a different way and I thought it worked.
Director Thomas makes some very good choices with this short - dialogue is spare, limited only to what is absolutely needed instead of the usual overcooked lines which can infect indie films. There is also a very weird and unsettling sound track here that put me on edge...in a very good way. Despite being low-budget, Gregory Thomas creates a creepy, atmospheric but non-exploitive little film that should get some solid festival play. BURIED TREASURE is a true "Diamond in the Rough" short film. Check it out above.