Columbia student short film ‘Total Freak’ set at summer camp

Total Freak is a nine-minute short film set at summer camp that was shot as part of the MFA film program at Columbia University.

The film, beautifully shot on location at Camp Lakota in the Catskills, is a campfire story being told by the main character, an awkward teenager whose crush on a camp prankster leads to a mysterious lake monster being unleashed.

Co-written and directed by Andrew Ellmaker, the fabulist horror comedy was awarded the 20th Century Fox Outstanding Achievement in Comedy in 2013. It was recently posted on the Film School Shorts YouTube channel. Check it out below.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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