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THE SACRED HEART
 
THE SACRED HEART
 
US Premiere

Director: Andrew Serban

United States, 2013, 23min
Format: Digital (screening) - HDV (shooting)
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Sara Visser, Dory Manzour, Ben Sweetwood, Nyle Lynn, Alfred Cantilina, Giovanni Sanseviero, Rahim Ali, Julia O'Neill
Crew:  Producers: Andrew Serban - Screenwriters: Andrew Serban - Cinematographer: Mircea Moruzan - Editor: Andrew Serban
Email:  asandrewserban.com

synopsis
A devout Catholic, unemployed young woman from Hell's Kitchen shares an apartment with her equally unemployed Chilean immigrant boyfriend and cop sister (the lease holder). When the sister threatens to evict them unless they pay their fair share of the rent, the couple resort to desperate measures and find themselves in the middle of a real estate war -- a potentially fatal situation requiring the woman to choose between the only neighborhood she's ever known and a boyfriend who may or may not be what he appears.

director
Born and Raised in NYC, Andrew Serban studied film directing at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory in Los Angeles. He has written and directed a number of independent shorts which have screened at a variety of venues, including Cinequest, LA Shorts Fest, the Kansas International Film Festival, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation Short Film Showcase and the NY Short Buzz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, among others. His current short, Psychotic Break, was nominated for Best Narrative Short and Best Actress (Fawn Johnstin) at the Blow-up International Arthouse Film Fest in Chicago. One of his previous shorts, The Sacred Heart, won Best NYC Film at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. He is also a professional freelance photographer who has worked on assignment for such clients as L'Oreal USA, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Getty Images and Le Figaro, among others. He resides in Washington Heights, NYC.
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