“Yet another gritty cop film with a dancing orange bear!”



We were selected for the first ever shorts program at BEYOND FEST, the highest attended genre festival in the U.S.!

Screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on 9/29/19 at 2pm as part of Shorts Program 2: This Is Crime Time.

Tickets are FREE but first-come, first-serve at the box office one hour before shot time (2 tickets per person max).


“Aleem Hossain’s unexpectedly madcap The Thin Orange Line flips a familiar cop narrative on its head as a detective grapples with inner conflict while in hot pursuit of a fugitive.” - BeyondFest

The Thin Orange Line (16mm, 7:24) is a genre-bending short film about a detective out for revenge who is interrupted by his childhood imaginary friend.

The film was written & directed by Aleem Hossain. His first feature film, After We Leave, won Best Feature Film at Sci-Fi London.

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Never say never!!! 15 years ago I shot a crazy genre-bending short film about a cop out for revenge who is interrupted by his childhood imaginary friend. The film was not well received by festivals, agents, and producers. My film school friends and profs seemed to like it but the verdict in Hollywood was that the film was too weird and didn't fit clearly into any one genre. One agent told me: "You've made a very expensive advertisement for your own indecisiveness and inability to choose a lane."

This spring, after I finished post-production on my feature film, After We Leave, I had a dream about that old short film and realized that tastes have changed since 2004... and I also suddenly saw how I could cut the film nearly in half. I completely re-edited the film and did new sound and it got into the first ever shorts program at Beyond Fest at The Egyptian Theater!

Cast & Crew

Written & Directed by Aleem Hossain

James Black as Detective Hart

Brian Silverman as Billy Krule

Doug Brandl as Borange Bear

Cinematography by Tobias Datum

Choreography by Kate Foley

Casting by Sandy Vago

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