Directed by Ben Nicholas

Genre Fiction
Country USA
Year 2019
Length 15 min
Formats DCP
Sound 5.1
Version Original English Version


Tic is a short live-action film about an online-shopping fanatic and devoted product reviewer named Alan. He also happens to be a serial killer, or, at least pretends to be when reviewing products like shovels, trash bags, and steel locks. Alan's dark, humorous product reviews are discovered and poured over by Detective Backman, an old-dog in the force and stranger to a world of technology and political correctness, who realizes his time might indeed be up.


human relationships, murder, work relationships, violence, technologies


Ben Nicholas is a writer/director based in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts film program in 2008. His background as a cinematographer and editor informs an approach to filmmaking in which all disciplines are formally intertwined. Benny's work has premiered at SXSW (Cheap Extermination as dop/editor) and the Tribeca Film Festival (Future Relic as dop/editor). His long term collaboration with fine artist Daniel Arsham and Adidas Originals recently culminated in the three-part science fiction film Hourglass. Ben's latest project TIC, a short film about a serial-killer's online shopping addiction, is currently playing the festival circuit.


Alan: Brian Miskell
Backman: Ned Van Zandt
Darcy : Kate Middleton
Reb: Nicole Rodenburg
Jeannie: Sarah Grace Welbourn
Ashna: Aesha Waks



Max Walker, Thomas Duchene


Ben Nicholas, Amanda Johnson


Minka Farthing-Kohl

EDITING Ben Nicholas
Sound Josh Wilson
Music Andrew Orkin