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Dashcam (film)

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Directed byChristian Nilsson
Produced byAndrew van den Houten
Han Soto
Christian Nilsson
Eric Tabach
Saraleah Cogan
Rob Hinderliter
Alex Robbins
Written byChristian Nilsson
StarringEric Tabach
Giorgia Whigham
Larry Fessenden
Zachary Booth
Guillian Gioiello
Noa Fisher
Music byNicholas Marks
CinematographyDave Brick
Edited byTerence Krey
Distributed byKamikaze Dogfight Gravitas Ventures

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Dashcam is a 2021 American mystery thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christian Nilsson starring YouTuber Eric Tabach with Giorgia Whigham, Larry Fessenden, Zachary Booth, Giullian Gioiello and Noa Fisher in supporting roles.[1] The film follows Jake—a reclusive video editor at a local news channel who fantasizes about becoming a reporter. While editing a piece on a routine traffic stop that resulted in the death of a police officer and a major political official, Jake is inadvertently sent dash cam video evidence that tells a completely different story. Working alone from his small apartment in NYC, Jake uses his skills as an editor to analyze the footage and figure out the truth behind what actually happened.[2] Nilsson cited Michaelangelo Antonioni's thriller Blowup (1966), Brian De Palma's Blow Out (1981), and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974) as key influences.[3] Since the film was announced during New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment allegations, Nilsson felt audiences interpreted the film as being a reaction to the governor's resignation.

Dashcam premiered virtually at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival—a genre festival held in Miami, Florida—on August 16, 2021.[4]


  • Eric Tabach as Jake Caul
  • Giorgia Whigham as Mara
  • Larry Fessenden as Lieberman
  • Zachary Booth as Tim
  • Giullian Gioiello as Gareth
  • Noa Fisher as Rachel
  • Rich Vience as Meyers
  • Scott Aiello as Woods
  • Jacob A. Ware as Dispatch


In June 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nilsson and Tabach took advantage of a distribution loophole called four-walling that absurdly landed their $0-budget horror short, Unsubscribe, in the number one spot on the America box office charts on Wednesday, June 10th 2020.[5] After the stunt, they were approached by producers to make a feature-length version of the film. Instead, Nilsson pitched them Dashcam.[6]

Nilsson wrote, "[Dashcam] isn't a 'pandemic film' but it is very much born out of events we've seen over the last year—confusion, isolation, virtual gatherings, and disturbing video evidence of police brutality. It was our aim to produce a film that felt tangential to our collective experience throughout the pandemic while telling a suspenseful, original story to which we could all relate."[7]


Dashcam premiered at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival on August 16, 2021.[8]

The film—which centers around a political coverup involving a New York State governor—was announced the same week a bombshell report was published alleging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed nearly a dozen. On Instagram, Nilsson denied the connection was purposeful and chalked it off as "eerie timing".[9]

Dashcam has not yet been released globally.[10]


According to the social film discovery platform Letterboxd, at the conclusion of the festival premiere, Dashcam had 3.5 stars out of 5 with mostly favorable reviews.[11]

One critic praised the filming stating, "The claustrophobia in Dashcam doesn’t come from sweeping Hitchcockian shots, or De Palma split-screen madness, it’s all on Jake’s desktop in the world of Premiere and Audition. He cuts, slices, renders, and applies effects. Sounds awfully boring, but it ain’t. Director Nilsson turns in a product that is familiar to us all. We are no longer beasts that solely have one piece of technology at our fingertips and he knows it. Our societal familiarity with phones, laptops, and TVs, and other gadgetry is what lures us in to collectively take part in Jake’s paranoid quest."[12]

Another described the film as "a taut 360-degree detective story perfect for the conspiracy theory-minded and true-crime obsessed."

However, some audience reviews pointed out some of the film's weaker moments. One calling out the "uneven journey" of Jake that resulted in "an unsatisfying ending."[13]


Nilsson named the lead character, Jake Caul, after Gene Hackman's character Harry Caul from Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation.[14]

See also[edit]

  • List of American films of 2021
  • List of films featuring surveillance


  1. Grater, Andreas Wiseman,Tom; Wiseman, Andreas; Grater, Tom (2020-12-16). "MediaPro CEO; Doc Org Of Canada Hire; CDG Casting Awards Nominees; 'DASHCAM' Thriller — Global Briefs". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  2. Miska, Brad (2021-08-09). "'Dashcam': Police Accidentally Send Classified Footage to a News Editor in This Exclusive Clip [Popcorn Frights]". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  3. "Dashcam | Popcorn Frights Film Festival". watch.eventive.org. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  4. "Popcorn Frights Announces Second Wave Of Programming". Fangoria. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  5. "Want to top the box office during a pandemic? Film for free on Zoom and then rent out a theater". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  6. "Dashcam". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  7. "Dashcam". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  8. "Popcorn Frights Announces Second Wave Of Programming". Fangoria. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  9. "Login • Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  10. "Dashcam". The Film Catalogue. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  11. "Ratings for Dashcam". letterboxd.com. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  12. msoup (2021-08-17). "Mike's Review: Dashcam (Popcorn Frights 2021)". The Scariest Things. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  13. "Reviews of Dashcam". letterboxd.com. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  14. Dashcam - IMDb, retrieved 2021-08-06

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