I Am a Ghost

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I Am a Ghost
Festival Poster
Directed byH.P. Mendoza
Produced byMark Del Lima
Written byH.P. Mendoza
StarringAnna Ishida
Jeannie Barroga
Rick Burkhardt
Music byH.P. Mendoza
CinematographyH.P. Mendoza
Edited byH.P. Mendoza
Distributed byGravitas Ventures, Ersatz Film
Release date
  • March 9, 2012 (2012-03-09) (SFIAAF)
  • October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29) (United States)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

I Am a Ghost, is a 2012 American horror film directed by H.P. Mendoza. It debuted at the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.[1]


During an indeterminable time period, Emily (Anna Ishida), a troubled ghost who died, haunts her own Victorian house every day, wondering why she can't leave. With the help of Sylvia, (Jeannie Barroga), a clairvoyant hired to rid the house of spirits, Emily is forced into a 'patient/therapist' relationship, uncovering disturbing mysteries about her past that may help her move on to 'the next place'.


The film cost roughly $10,000 with a substantial amount of it raised on Kickstarter, $7500 of which was for actual production.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

In the year end wrap up, SF Weekly said of I Am a Ghost, "Real horror...if every first effort in a genre is this good, we encourage his restlessness."[3] while Tim Sika of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle called it "Brilliant. Like Kubrick, Bergman, Hitchcock and Fincher combined."[4]

In a more mixed review, while Dennis Harvey of Variety called it "Haunting. Cleverly conceived [and] artfully crafted" he makes note that the film is "a bit of a slog at times getting to the point at which the suspense kicks up a few notches."[5]

Best of Lists[edit]

  • Top 10 Films of 2012 - National Film Society
  • Best of 2012 Performers - Asia Pacific Arts
  • Best Films of 2012 - Asia Pacific Arts
  • Best of 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
  • Best Directors of 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
  • Best of 2012 - Dallas Voice
  • Top 10 Films of 2012 - All Things Horror
  • Best of 2012 - Film Bizarro
  • Top 10 Best Horror 2012 - Planet of Terror
  • Best of 2012 - Horror Director - SF Weekly
  • Best of 2012 - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
  • BEST ACTRESSES OF 2012 - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012


  • Best Picture - Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2012[6]
  • Best Horror Film - PollyGrind Film Festival[7]
  • Best Film - Audience Award - NOCTURNA: Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Best Film - Audience Award - Samain du cinéma fantastique de Nice
  • Best Director - Audience Award - Samain du cinéma fantastique de Nice
  • Best Horror Director - SF Weekly 2012[3]
  • Best Horror Director - Tucson Terrorfest 2012[8]
  • Best Actress - Tucson Terrorfest 2012[8]
  • Best Actress - Horror Festival of Molins de Rei
  • Special Jury - Best Actress - MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012

Home media[edit]

I Am a Ghost is available in Digital HD via Gravitas Ventures on March 1, 2014. DVD releases on March 19, 2014.


  1. ^ http://festival.caamedia.org/30/guide/program/i-am-a-ghost/
  2. ^ "I Am a Ghost on Kickstarter".
  3. ^ a b SF Weekly (2012-05-18). "Best New Horror Director - 2012".
  4. ^ KGO Radio (2013-03-09). "Play Now".
  5. ^ Variety (2013-03-09). "I Am a Ghost".
  6. ^ Mike McCarthy (2012-10-30). "Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby".
  7. ^ Sam Santiago (2012-10-27). "Las Vegas's POLLYGRIND Film Festival announces full list of winners".
  8. ^ a b Terrorfest (2012-10-22). "Award Winners 2012".

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