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The Black String

Directed by Brian Hanson

Cast: Frankie Muniz, Blake Webb, Chelsea Edmundson, Cullen Douglas, Richard Handley



Jonathan is a lonely twenty-something, stuck in his home town working night shifts at the local convenience store. When an unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman turns his life upside down, Jonathan is stricken by illness and nightmarish visions. Paranoid and desperate, he launches on a quest across the suburbs to find the seductress who started it all. Friends and family believe he’s losing his mind, but Jonathan is convinced he’s the target of something far more sinister. Rated R.

NOTE: Come a little early for The Black String and enjoy a hosted reception in the museum’s atrium.  Meet filmmakers, enjoy small bites, drink, and photo ops at the red carpet. Reception is included in your screening admission.


Brian Hanson is a writer/director who focuses on dark, thrilling, and mind-bending stories. After hustling as a Hollywood bartender, Brian joined the US Army where he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and deployed to Afghanistan several times. Earning an MFA in Film from Mount Saint Mary’s, working as a PA on HBO show’s Barry and Room 104, and volunteering with the non-profit organization Veterans in Media & Entertainment (VME) have all contributed to Brian’s appreciation for all aspects of film/tv production. Brian grew up in Escondido and studied film at Palomar College and San Diego State University.


Richard Handley is a writer/producer/actor and doctor of medicine. His medical career started when he was stationed in San Diego (USS Constellation) as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, but Rich’s life-long passion for filmmaking could not be ignored which led him to earn an MFA in Film from Mount St. Mary’s University and a Graduate Certificate in Producing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, during which time he served as a development intern for producer, Kevin Misher. Rich writes stories that fuse his years of medical experience with compelling characters and themes of redemption and recovery. Rich finds inspiration in doctor turned director George Miller and doctor turned actor Ken Jeong.

Dates & Times


Museum of Photographic Arts

Fri, Sep 27
9:00 pm