Fantasia 2019 Review: ‘The Deeper You Dig’ is a Beautifully Sad Look at Grief and Guilt

The Deeper You Dig is a deeply impressive film. It is the passion project of family trio John Adams, Toby Poser, and their daughter Zelda Adams. All three of them took on the roles of stars, directors, writers, camera operators, and composers to create their film, The Deeper You Dig, a ghost story about coping with tragedy. It is truly a DIY film that exemplifies the power of indie filmmaking and the gorgeously devastating stories begging to be told. 

Shot in their hometown in upstate New York, The Deeper You Dig revolves around three players. First, there is 14-year-old Echo, played by Zelda, who is on the precipice of adulthood. She wears dark blue lipstick and openly declares her hatred for school, but also wants to spend all night sledding in freshly fallen snow. Then there is her mother, Ivy, who works as a medium and Tarot card reader. Lastly, there is their neighbor, Kurt, who carries a dark cloud around him that he tries to fight away with a steady stream of booze. One night, as he’s drunkenly driving home from the bar, he hits Echo as she’s sledding in the dark. In a fit of fear and desperation, Kurt brings hides her body and kills her when she regains consciousness. 

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