A new short film by Gaff Tape and a Prayer

Official Selection: Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival


About the Film

When two small town, childhood friends go on a camping trip, inner demons are illuminated that threaten not only their friendship, but perhaps even life itself.


Watch "Negative" on YouTube

Festival Date/Time Venue Tickets
Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival August 8, 2021 — 2:00 PM The Parkway Theater, McKees Rocks, PA Ended!

Cast & Crew

Bill Lyon ("Gene," Writer, Director, Editor)

Bill Lyon is an award winning filmmaker, making pictures move since 2004. When he’s not trying to make movies with no budget, he’s busy producing video for Carnegie Mellon University’s Marketing & Communications team. Bill has produced 10 films alongside the Gaff Tape and a Prayer crew. Negative has taken him back to the location of his first ever short film, produced over 15 years ago.

Jake Lowry ("Kevin," Location Manager)

Jake Lowry has been making movies with Bill Lyon since 2004. Jake has always been a natural storyteller, exceptional welder of steel and a talented artist... when he puts his mind to it. Negative is Jake’s third film with Gaff Tape and a Prayer. Without him, this story wouldn’t exist.

Michael Hanley (Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Visual Effects Artist)

Michael Hanley has been blending his artistic and technical skills to create engaging film and video experiences since 2006. A founding member of Gaff Tape and a Prayer, he has lent his skills with camera, light, and laptop to the group’s work, including their three-time award-winning short films. When not making films Mike works to communicate in a very different medium as a web developer for Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Mac Purvis III (Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Set Photographer)

Alumni of the Art institute of Pittsburgh, Mac has worn many hats in his film adventures. From writing and co-creating an unsold Animation pitch, to editing feature length indies in California, to producing sound for local projects and podcasts. A polymath, Mac is willing to chip in from pre-production to just grabbing the boom pole, always enuthsastic to be involved in the magic of the movies.

Brittany Creel (Producer, Script Supervisor, Assistant Camera)

An award-winning filmmaker and content producer, Brittany has worked in all aspects of production since 2004. Her portfolio includes short narratives, documentary-style event coverage, as well as corporate video. She also isn’t a stranger to live production, with additional experience in public-access TV and local theatre.

written and directed by BILL LYON director of photography MICHAEL HANLEY produced by BRITTANY CREEL sound mixing MAC PURVIS III