A Fistful of Molars

Six-year-old Sarah is a budding entrepreneur – she pulls teeth for The Tooth Fairy.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Ryan Couldrey

Filmmaker’s statement

A Fistful of Molars came about while sitting under the spotlight at my dentist’s office, wherein I randomly asked, “Hey, would you be okay with having a horror film shot in here?”

They were onboard, and even though the version of this short that ended in a dark dental office didn’t end up being filmed, it was very much a catalyst for this coming-of-age story. That, and I also wanted to imagine the chain of events that would lead someone like Sarah down such a path.

I mean, who wouldn’t go down that path if they were getting that kinda coin under their pillow for baby teeth?

About Ryan Couldrey

Ryan Couldrey

Ryan Couldrey is a Toronto-based director/writer who will also DOP, edit and score soundtracks where necessary (like with A Fistful of Molars).

He had a lovely end to 2018 with multiple films hitting festivals like Toronto After Dark (Baby Blue Canoe as director and Clown Killer as DOP), Blood in the Snow (A Fistful of Molars), and achieving finalist status with the international Rode Reel competition for Best Special FX against 1,650 other submissions (Skin Deep).

Having filmed a few things with actual children (A Fistful of Molars actress Darby Butcher pictured with Ryan above), in 2019 he hopes to film something with his garbage children (aka lil’ black cats) Nova and Astro.

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