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PSYCHOTIC BREAK
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PSYCHOTIC BREAK
 
Queens Premiere

Director: Andrew Serban

United States, 2016, 21min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2017
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Fawn Johnstin, Rory Byrne, Steve Arons, Hank Morris, Rob Byrnes, Alan Tavarez, Gina Priano, Craig Rivela, Jayne Nicoletti
Crew:  Producers: Andrew Serban, Eline Leslie Meier, Nathan Lim, Rita Mattioli - Screenwriter: Andrew Serban - Cinematographer: Mircea Moruzan - Editor: Andrew Serban
Email:  asandrewserban.com
web:  psychoticbreakmovie.com

synopsis
Idealistic but perennially troubled wanna-be writer GWEN lives with her successful older sister NIKKI, an attorney, in a northern New Jersey suburb where she spends most her time surfing the internet, obsessively researching atrocities in an attempt to answer the age-old question: 'Why is Man so cruel to Man?' After her essay on the Rwandan genocide is accepted for publication in a prestigious literary journal, Gwen expects to be granted the respect she has always sought from her hard-to-please sister. But when Nikki brutally trashes her accomplishment, Gwen spirals into madness, losing not only her hold on reality but her very identity as a woman of conscience.

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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