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For six year old Sam the world is a sad and frightening place. His father has gone. His mother is consumed by depression. He has no one. No parent to clean his clothes. No ally to ward off the bully at school. And no hero to defeat the terrifying Laundry Monster that dwells in his basement.

As the mountains of Dirty Laundry grow larger, the insults at school grow meaner and the ROARS of the Monster grow louder. When Sam cannot find someone to aid him, he is left with no other choice: He must brave the Laundry Monster alone.

Dirty Laundry is an AFI Conservatory graduate thesis film shot during eight days and with a total production budget of $44,000. This is the culmination of my Master of Fine Arts degree as a Directing Fellow at the AFI Conservatory and has been honored at the DGA Student Film Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.


• Director: Aaron Martinez
• Producer: Ian M. Drazen
• Writer + Cinematographer: Guy Pooles
• Production Designer: Shamim Seifzadeh
• Editor: Cyndi Trissel


• Sam: Zander Faden
• Mom: Nicole Haddad
• Teacher: Jeff Bulmberg
• Miles: Justine Elling
• Monster: Libby Letlow,
Chris Kauffmann + Mark Witten