Experiencing Interruptions?

Astrid's Self Portrait

As her passion overtakes her sanity, she reminisces about her seven tragically failed marriages and the unsolved mystery that made her a widow six times over. Delusions of grandeur are followed by a deadly nervous breakdown, but her abandoned footage earns critical acclaim after being discovered by a highly regarded professor (Philippe Mora), who re-edits Astrid’s film and develops an unhealthy obsession for her.

  • Rena Riffel
  • Rena Riffel
  • Rena Riffel
  • Philippe Mora
    Key Cast
    Communion, Mad Dog Morgan, Brother Can You Spare A Dime, Three Days In Auschwitz
  • Gregory Heath
    Key Cast
  • Rena Riffel
    Key Cast
    Mulholland Dr., Showgirls, Land's End
  • Tom Challis
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Mystery, Drama, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Canon 7D digital HD
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Director Biography - Rena Riffel

Rena Riffel began her career as an actress landing roles in David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. and other notable projects, including Showgirls by Paul Verhoeven. Returning to her filmmaking roots, she is now writing, directing, editing, and starring in her own art films which have gathered critical acclaim. She is compared to Cindy Sherman for her self-portraiture work but in moving images, critics regard her as an auteur. Breaking out of stereotypical molds, Rena is an artist creating bold and uncompromising work. She intentionally creates feature length films that are challenging to the viewer in order to help open preconceived boundaries in film.

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Director Statement

It is a meditation of creativity allowing the story and images to come to me and then I let that lead me. I stay open to what then is revealed and I capture what I feel I am suppose to capture on a form that is more concrete, be it paper, fabrics, digital, words, film, or sound recorders, or other concrete forms such as clay.