SHADOWS ON THE WALL is a feature length science fiction from Pixel Pictures and directed by Ben Carland. It's a brooding and contemporary tale about obsession, innovation and the perils of reaching for the sky.


SHADOWS ON THE WALL is a modern day sci-fi about Palmer Marshall, a struggling engineering student that's flailing through his personal life, classes, and career. Palmer is on the cusp of a potentially huge discovery and he devotes every waking moment to the challenging, and often fruitless, pursuit of creating something that might change the world. But Palmer soon learns that the road to success is long and fraught with failure. Despite crippling anxiety and personality disorders, Palmer perseveres and creates the one - the dream machine that he'll be remembered for. 

However success comes with its own price as Palmer's achievement presents him with far more ominous implications. His device works, but all too well, and it grows beyond his power or understanding. Deep over his head, with only a few unlikely friends to rely on, Palmer finds himself in a race against time to face his fears and salvage the situation before panic (and catastrophe) overwhelm his hometown.

"The Social Network" meets the "X-Files" in this stark and snappy sci-fi suspense. Sometimes success is more dangerous than failure...

Cast Bios

Chris Kauffmann is "Palmer Marshall"

Chris Kauffmann was born and raised in the seaside town of Mystic, CT, where he made his feature film debut at the age of thirteen as Jonah in "Mystic Nights & Pirate Fights," a coming-of-age story about hidden treasure, mystery and friendship. By the time that film had wrapped, Chris was hooked and decided to make acting his career. Chris recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City, where he appeared on stage in the LA Time’s Critic’s Choice and Ovation Award-recommended production of “Avenue Q” as Princeton/Rod, serving as a performer and puppeteer. Additionally, he has appeared Off-Broadway, on national tour, and in regional houses across the US and Canada.

Chris's productions include “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (Mickey), “Henry & Mudge” (Henry), “Sweeney Todd” (Tobias), “1776″ (Courier), “Bye Bye Birdie” (Hugo), and “Oklahoma!” (Will Parker). He has also had the incredible honor to travel to South America, New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, China and Japan with the acappella quartet Full Sail and has sung do-wop in both LA and NYC with The Alley Cats. Chris recently recorded a voice-over for Disney Imagineering, and can be heard every day at the entrance to the new Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, CA. His commercial work includes AT&T, Mattel, MusicXMatch, Pelican, and Step1 Credit. TV credits: Scorned! Love Kills (role of young murderer Billy Flynn) on Investigation Discovery. Film: Fear of Missing Out, Emulsion, Going Down, My Soul to Take,The Funk Parlor, and Mickey Lee.

Chris holds a B.F.A from The Hartt School/University of Hartford. He's drawn to sci-fi movies, or any movie that sets out to tell a really good story. He was also unhealthily obsessed with the TV show Lost.



Nicole Lee Durant originally hails from Asheville, NC. After believably faking sick one too many times in school, she knew she had a knack for acting. Since moving out to Los Angeles, she’s kept busy studying with The Groundlings, Scott Sedita, and Playhouse West. In addition, Nicole has been involved in several short films, commercials, and industrial videos. She co-wrote, co-directed, produced and acted in a New Media piece, “Comfortably Awkward,” that paved the way for her SAG Eligibility.

Nicole thrives on the idea of taking people and transporting them to a place other than their normal reality through her work. When not acting, she's always keeping an eye out for new roads to explore and enhance her career while diving into adventures. She loves cooking, entertaining, people watching, laughing, and playing nerdy board games. However above all, Nicole can’t get enough of watching films and television.


Tim Fox is "Chase Marshall"

Born in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and raised in Venezuela, Congo, Nigeria, England, and France, Tim had a truly unique upbringing. He began his acting career in London at four years old and never looked back. Attending Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Tim graduated with a BA and Honors degree in Theater. He was a three time Irene Ryan candidate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival from 2008-2010. He continued his training in New York and London, attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the British American Drama Academy. Tim now lives in Los Angeles, where he has kept busy as an actor, writer, and director. Tim’s favorite films include “Signs,” “Minority Report” and “Moon” and TV shows such as “Firefly” and the “X-Files.”

An avid baseball fan, Tim can often be found at a Red Sox game; and ask him if it’s possible to play baseball in Cairo, Egypt: it is- he has. Tim takes full advantage of the southern California weather, playing tennis and hiking Runyon Canyon. In his spare time, Tim sharpens his Portuguese hoping to one day return and reside in Rio de Janeiro. Tim was drawn to "Shadows on the Wall" because of its unique script which captures the strongest qualities of the sci-fi genre. Although the film explores gripping elements of the supernatural, there is a dramatic 'human' element that remains true to reality - conflict that manifests itself not in the discovery of the supernatural, but in the choices and consequences of a character’s decisions. Not to mention North Carolina was another opportunity for Tim to take on a new adventure with an excellent cast and Ben Carland in the great Smokey Mountains.


Ben Carland - Writer/Director

Ben has directed projects ranging from feature films and television programming to music videos and commercials. His latest music video LONG SHOT, for the acclaimed group The Steep Canyon Rangers, was released last summer through Rounder Records. Ben's first feature film, SOL, made its international debut at the London Sci-Fi Film Festival in 2012. The movie played the festival circuit in Europe, Asia and North America and is now available for viewing on DVD and VoD.

Since then, Ben's kept himself busy with several commercial projects and has been in development on the feature version of the fantasy frightener THE DAWN TOWER, as well as a new sci-fi project that he hopes to scare everyone with soon.

Ben has been a huge fan of sci-fi for as long as he can remember. From witnessing the bold, sweeping style of "Blade Runner" to the wondrous sense of exploration and discovery in "Close Encounters," he’s been hooked for life. He’s thrilled to bring the production of SHADOWS ON THE WALL to his favorite filming grounds in North Carolina.

Anderson Ellis - Producer

Anderson is a litigation attorney by trade and film fanatic by choice. He is licensed in North Carolina and Tennessee, and handles the coordination and legal planning for the many moving parts of this project. From contracts to leases to securing filming rights, Anderson uses his legal expertise to facilitate the project getting made efficiently and expeditiously.

Anderson is excited to merge personal interest and professional skill on SHADOWS, and is the point-person for those interested in getting in touch with the filmmakers.


Nick Gillespie - Cinematographer

Nick has developed his passion for photography and imaging since childhood. While traveling with his family one summer at the age of fourteen he stumbled onto the work of Ansel Adams and was never the same. Cameras became more than just a tool to him then - they became a gateway to translate images from the imagination and bring them to life. He's always had a camera with him - either still or motion - ever since then.

His work has taken him around the world shooting photojournalism and commercial projects in such diverse locations as Alaska, Germany and China. Nick has collaborated with Ben on several shorter projects and is excited to put his love of creating images to use and translate that experience to a motion picture such as SHADOWS.

Alexander Davis - Composer

Alex is an award-winning composer whose work has been featured in film, commercial and television productions around the world. His music has recently been featured in performance at Lincoln Center and NYU's Steinhardt Center, and has also been placed in numerous IBM, Visa, Lowes, and GE advertisements. He serves as Music Director for Pixel Pictures and was the composer and orchestrator for SOL, DAWN TOWER, and dozens of award-winning short films.