Alex works at a company that erases people’s computer records and online identities after they die.

Smooth-talking, understanding and always there to help, he holds a prime position to turn this access into intimacy with his favourite clients: widows.

That is, until an event turns his day upside down.

Creative team

Writer/director: Jeff Garneau
Producer: Danny DG, Jeff Garneau

Filmmaker’s statement

Erasermen came into my head after two specific events.

I logged on to Facebook one night and in the right-hand corner of the screen, an alert was suggesting I reconnect with several people I hadn’t spoken to in a while. One of these people in particular was a distant family member who had passed away.

It kind of creeped me out and I couldn’t help but think that, with the millions of Facebook users and the extent to which many of us live our lives online, there must be a great number of people who are constantly reminded of the people they’ve lost through their online presence.

I didn’t think much more about it until I came across a news article a few weeks later. It was about a blogger named Derek Miller whose story reached a wide audience when he released a final blog posthumously following a long battle with cancer.

Intrigued by the article, I read on, eventually making my way to his archived blog posts that revealed a very painful, emotional and enlightening record of a man facing the great unknown. I was very affected by how honest he was as he poured all of his fears onto the pages of his blog.

Near the end of his posts, after being glued to my chair for several hours, Mr. Miller discussed the importance of including online information in our wills.

We live in a digital world and the things we say and do leave a trail that will be encapsulated for as long as computers remain such an important part of our daily lives. When we leave this world, there will be an entire life existing online that will, outside of those closest to us, be the most prominent record of who we were.

After I finished reading the blog, I went for a run to clear my thoughts and a scene popped into my head. I saw a man, dressed like a Bible salesman, making house calls to erase online identities for people who had recently passed. People who have left behind a presence that may be too overwhelming for those grieving.

Thus, after a few weeks of letting the idea build, Erasermen was born.

About Jeff Garneau

Jeff Garneau

Jeff has been making short films since the age of 16.

Since graduating from York University film program, he’s been working on multiple commercials, features and music videos.

Currently he’s assisting on a TV show for CBS and is in the middle of finishing two feature screenplays.

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