A feature-length adaptation is underway for the short film The Vandal, with Darren Aronofsky on board as executive producer. The short, which Thomas produced and acts in, had its world premiere in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in July, 2021 and is now “being tipped as an early contender for the animated short Oscar” (Variety).
Using both stop-motion animation and live action, The Vandal is by award-winning writer/director Eddie Alcazar (Perfect w/ EP Steven Soderbergh) and stars Bill Duke (Predator, X-Men) as Harold, with Thomas playing opposite as his villainous psycho cellmate.
Set in a world not unlike mid-20th century America, The Vandal dives into the mind of Harold (Bill Duke), "whose tormented search for peace from traumatic loss results in an unexpectedly destructive awakening after he undergoes a lobotomy. When the procedure 'turns his mind inside out' and his great love is suddenly gone, Harold’s search intensifies" (Variety).
Film score by Oscar-nominated filmmaker/composer Kris Bowers
Cinematography by Danny Hiele
Lead animation by Misha Klein
Produced by Thomas Hildreth, Eddie Alcazar, and Javier Lovato
Watch the trailer for The Vandal below.