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Sci-fi short ‘The Long Dig’ starring Kate Hackett, Cliff Simon and more premieres on Fangirl Nation



Fangirl Nation has shared an exclusive first look at the short sci-fi film The Long Dig, starring Kate Hackett (Classic Alice), Paul Todd (Candice, Classic Alice), Sarah Cortez (Dear White People, Angie Tribeca) and Cliff Simon (Stargate SG-1, NCIS). The film was directed by Tom R. Pike (Personal Space) and written by Kate Hackett and Tom R. Pike.

Eve (Hackett) scours decaying old ruins for Antenoch technology that was buried or otherwise preserved. Having – she hopes – perfected a mixture of oils that will prevent the decay of Antenoch artifacts, Eve is equipped to safely remove them from these ruins.

Today, she’s found an old transportation hub, perhaps a subway, haunted by monsters and hiding treasure. It is an adventure in darkness, with flashes of fear and bursts of action, about one woman’s desperate desire to return home.

The Long Dig is part of the larger Aeronauts universe, a tabletop game from Electric Purple Studios that will be released at a later date and was recently previewed at PAX. The Long Dig was also recently accepted to the Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival.


Kate Hackett is an actor and writer in Los Angeles, California best known for her award-winning Amazon series Classic Alice, which she also wrote and produced! Kate has been acting since she was four years old, happily joining musicals and straight plays in Washington D.C. until she reached Boston University for college. There and beyond, Kate has worked on many independent films, commercials, television, and has produced, starred in, and written her own productions.
Possessing a quick wit and an ability to dig deep emotionally, she is fully trained in the Stanislavski, Adler, and Meisner techniques (see resume for schools). She has both studied and performed at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles and with Jackson’s Onus and The Show That Must Not Be Named, a Harry Potter improv team. Kate loves comedic acting but is also very well versed in drama and loves stretching her range. She believes strongly in writing and creating her own material, so there’s always something new just around the corner!
Paul Todd: Actor, Guitarist, Taekwondo Dude, Occasional Keanu Impostor, Australian. After pursuing Writing, Directing and Producing at University back in Melbourne, Australia, Paul decided that turning the camera on himself would somehow be a good idea. One thing led to another and suddenly he found himself playing ‘Vanity’ in the musical comedy trio ‘V.I.P’ (Vanity, Insanity, Profanity) and pursuing diverse roles in Television and Film. Currently based in Los Angeles, California, Paul is slated to play the lead in The Nullarbor, shooting in Australia later this year, as well as having been seen more than 210 million times in various projects including Candice, Classic Alice and music videos from artists such as Romeo Santos.
Sarah Cortez, an actress from Houston, Texas, has been performing since she can remember. She began in musical theater, which is also where she gained her love of dance. She attend the University of Houston where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Acting, and after starring for a summer in “Texas the Musical!”, she headed to Los Angeles. Sarah has worked with industry luminaries such as Mark Medoff and Leslye Headland, and can soon be seen as Corbin Bernsen’s right hand lady in the upcoming film Connective Tissue. Sarah is an avid reader, lover of dance and fitness, and trains as a martial artist. Favorite recent credits include: Dear White People, Angie Tribeca, and starring as Evangeline in “Evangeline the Queen of Make Believe” directed by Theresa Chavez at Plaza de La Raza Theatre.
Cliff Simon, best known for his 5 season recurring guest star role as the evil Ba’al in the sci-fi thriller Stargate SG-1, has appeared in films and numerous network television shows including Castle, The Americans, 24, Criminal Minds Beyond Borders and all 3 of the NCIS franchise shows. A trained gymnast, competitive swimmer, martial artist and dancer, Cliff was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He immigrated to England with his parents and swam for the British International Squad, but returned to South Africa at the age of eighteen to enlist in the Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he earned his living working in local cabarets and as a print and runway model until Paris called his name. Cliff landed a principle role at the iconic Moulin Rouge.  He eventually returned to Johannesburg and won the title of Mr. South Africa and a starring role in a long-run soap opera. Today, in addition to his acting career, Cliff Simon practices martial arts, captains catamarans, and hangs out on the beach with his favorite pet, Duma, a rescue pit bull. He is an active supporter of Shepherd Conservation Society.
Tom R. Pike is a Webby-winning writer who never grew out of the phase of childhood where you’re obsessed with spaceships and dinosaurs. His feature script Emperor Norton ranked in the Top 10 in its category in the 2015 Final Draft competition. He is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed comedy/sci-fi series Personal Space. He once spent several years trying to learn how to whistle.