Ice Cream A Funny Short Film About A Murder

Ice Cream: A Funny Short Film About A Murder

Ice Cream is a short film written, directed & produced by Nicholas Payne Santos. This fun story has received critical acclaim in various festivals including:

**Winner of the Reel 13 Short Film Competition (Week of 8/31/13) – Broadcast on WNET Thirteen PBS
**2nd Place at the 2013 MCNY Short Film Festival
*Official Selection of the Dirt Poor Filmmakers Festival Series



Nicholas Payne Santos, director of Ice Cream, is a thirty-two-year-old filmmaker based out of Brooklyn, NY. He was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Santos is bi-racial (Black/white).

Nicholas received his Film MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2019. He attended Ithaca College, where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Cinema & Photography.

Santos’ feature directorial debut IT CUTS DEEP will be released by Dark Sky Films / MPI Media in winter 2020.

The feature UNCLE PECKERHEAD, produced by Nicholas, was released theatrically and on VOD and Blu-ray in August 2020 by Epic Pictures / Dread Presents.

Kyle I. Kelley, who’s behind the Cinematography for Ice Cream, is a New York based cinematographer & colorist, originally from South Burlington, Vermont. He enjoys working on all types of projects, from short fiction to feature documentaries, and everything in-between.

He shoots regularly for Axios on HBO and have shot multiple fiction and documentary features, including Good Ol Girl (official selection, SXSW); While I Breathe, I Hope (New Orleans Film Festival, Hot Springs, DocNYC); Maggie Black; and American Experience: Sealab, as well as forthcoming films Uncle Peckerhead; It Cuts Deep and Train Keeps A Rolling.

His early career assisting Buddy Squires, ASC, led to an appreciation for verité and observational camera work, which translates into his style on everything from feature documentaries to short fiction films. His past collaborations include award winning fiction and non-fiction filmmakers, and companies such as HBO, Insignia Films, and the New York Times.


The cast / team behind Ice Cream include:

Written, Directed & Produced by Nicholas Payne Santos
Cinematography by Kyle I. Kelley
Editing & Sound Design by Chris Boniello
Score by Brien Carroll & Ryan Dann

Charles Parker Newton
Parker Pogue
Pat Morris
Jonelle Robinson

Location Sound, Ryan Dann
Assistant Camera, Michael Sutter
Production Assistants, Annie Levers & Danny Kim


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