Delia overhears a conversation in The Red Goodnight
Freddy contemplates at the beach in The Red Goodnight
Z gets instructions in The Red Goodnight
Jill wants to leave in The Red Goodnight

Freddy (Nick Zibro), is an aspiring boxer trying to make it in the big city. He is drawn into the circle of entertainment impresario Juan Angel Solarte a.k.a. Johnny Angel (Joseph C. Reyes), whose associate Z teaches him that success cannot be won without compromise. However, Delia (Mitzi Peirone), Johnny's girlfriend, also has her own agenda for Freddy. Everyone wants a piece of him for their own advantage, and Freddy's good-natured passivity and eagerness to please prove to be tragically incompatible with life in the big city.  Drawn into a world of seduction and violence, Freddy soon finds his mind unraveling and his life out of control.


After inadvertently committing a horrendous act, Freddy must face the guilt from what he has done, and is desperate to hide his actions from his lovely and kind neighbor Jill (Ana Ribeiro). But those whom he once trusted have become dangerous adversaries in the blink of an eye. With nowhere left to turn, the forces of darkness are closing in and Freddy must find the way out of this labyrinth of his own making.


Running time est. 80 min., black and white. Written and directed by John C. Koch. Visit the film's website here.

Freddy calls his mother in The Red Goodnight

"Let’s just say there’s a mountain, and I ain’t seen all of the mountain but I know it’s big, and I know there’s parts of it that I don’t want to know about. But when he needs me, I come through and I don’t ask questions."


— Z, from The Red Goodnight



A troubled young American woman, Jane has turned home-grown jihadist after joining a small radical Islamic terror cell in New York City. Having finally found acceptance and purpose through the group, she aspires to impress them by contriving a bold attack on Times Square, though her commitment to their faith is somewhat dubious. The group's fundamentalist values regarding women create an inevitable showdown with Jane's modern independence and ascendant ambition.


A narrative portrayal of how sociopathic ambition distorts ideology, how the desire for love and community turns into the desire to kill, how who’s to blame is not so simple, all wrapped inside a noir fever-dream. With a twist ending this is a film intended to inspire introspection and debate, and to dig deeper into understanding why terror attacks happen. At a time when homegrown terror attacks of all stripes are on the rise around the world, as the saying goes, “We have met the enemy and he is us." This film depicts the actions of individuals who are attempting to make one of our worst nightmares a reality.


Beneath the surface of ideological extremism, racial hatred and tribal conflict, there lies something deeper, something ancient; a deep-seeded compulsion that imbues a certain few with the urge to slaughter their fellow humans. But ideologies merely serve as a conduit and radical Islamic terror is just another manifestation.  Call it death drive, call it a will to power, call it psychosis, or perhaps even the influence of the primordial lizard brain, the urge to kill and destroy is as old as humanity itself.


Featuring Nadia Kiyatkina, Ara Woland, Jacqueline Real and Mauricio Pita. Running time 10 min., b/w. Produced, Written and Directed by John C. Koch.

"I am the spirit that negates. And rightly so! What has arisen from the void deserves to be annihilated...The bodies mill about, Light beautifies the bodies, yet bodies have forever blocked its way—and so I hope it won’t be long before all bodies are annihilated."


— Mephisto, from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Faust"

Phil and Jackie in Winter Solstice



The Nurse must deliver the news in Winter Solstice

Sofia is in an art class and her father comes to pick her up. He has some important news to tell her, that his long unemployment is over, and that he has accepted a job out-of-state. But at seven years old, he knows he must find a way to break the news gently. He brings her to the zoo, treats her to ice cream and a night of sightseeing. Unfortunately all the child knows is that her father will no longer be in her life, and she doesn't have the perspective to know what that will ultimately mean for her.


Her father has joint custody with his child's mother, and Sofia picks up on the bitter conflict between the estranged couple as she overhears a phone conversation that is none too artfully concealed, The father attempts to break the news of his imminent departure to his ex-wife and knows the burden it will place on her.


A child of seven may not have a fully developed brain, but children, hear, see and understand things instinctually in a way that is often overlooked, especially when it comes to the anxiety based around the continued presence or potential non-presence of the parent.


Running time 16 min., color. Written and directed by John C. Koch. Featuring Sofia Murnion, Brian Murnion and Nancy Walsh. Co-produced with Chute Media, Billings, Montana. This short is part two of the Winter Solstice trilogy.

Phil and Jackie tend horses in Winter Solstice



The cast of Winter Solstice
Carissa reads to Phil in Winter Solstice
Jackie tends horses in Winter Solstice
The Nurse must deliver the news in Winter Solstice

Carissa, a Los Angeles transplant, traverses the western plains as she returns home to rural Montana with her new fiancé, Steve. She has not been back for several years, and she has made a successful new life for herself in her new home. They are making the trip to spend Christmas with her ailing father at his remote ranch, where he is the last family member remaining. The family has just received some shocking news that puts an end to a decades old mystery. The revelation has been too much for her father to bear and he has suffered a stroke.


The family has coped with its share of tragedy through the years, and Carissa must come to terms with the painful memories of the past as she tries to comfort her father. On the precipice of a new life, the pain of her youth is finally receding, but not without a cost.


This short is the first part of a Winter Solstice trilogy. Part II is now in post-production and Part III will shoot in December 2016.


Running time est. 20 min., color. Written and directed by John C. Koch. Co-produced with Chute Media, Billings, Montana. Cinematography by Jim Abel.

"Every day for nearly 20 years they expected the phone to ring and have it be Jackie saying she was okay."


— Carissa from Winter Solstice

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