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Brutal Affairs

An actor is paid by a tenacious woman to act as her boyfriend at her boss' retirement party, however his actual girlfriend's presence at the event complicates the plan.

  • Matt Somogyi
  • Sarah de Leon
  • Yusef Chabayta
  • Andrew Chennisi
  • Justin Figueroa
    Key Cast
  • Janna Bossier
    Key Cast
  • Gladys Bautista
    Key Cast
  • Gareth Koorzen
    Key Cast
  • Herb Mendelsohn
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Callen
    Key Cast
  • Evan Appel
  • Allegra Givens
    Production Designer
  • Daniel Woo
    Sound Designer
  • Benjamin Weiss
  • Spencer Abrams
    Graphic Design
  • Andrew Chennisi
    Unit Production Manager
  • Dustin Titcomb
    1st Assistant Director
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  • Genres:
    Screwball Comedy, Romantic Drama
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Matt Somogyi

Matt was born in Burbank, CA and raised in Sherman Oaks, just north of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. He developed an insatiable affinity for cinema at a very young age, watching The Matrix when he was a six-year-old. Once he was in high school, Matt wasted no time in participating in summer film academies, attending short film screenings and becoming heavily involved in his school's media program. He spent the latter half of his high school years feverishly making short films in preparation for his collegiate moviemaking experiences. He attended Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University for Film Production where, as a director, he slowly developed his style and tone. This culminated in his thesis film, Brutal Affairs, a stylish exploration of comedic situations and tragic relationships. Matt is preparing to make another short film during his 5th and final year at Chapman University as he pursues his Master's Degree in film studies in the aim of bridging contemporary film production with film theory and history. He wishes to further his cinematic exploits over the coming years and continue his work in film production.

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Director Statement

I like classic movies. Don't get me wrong, I love modern independent cinema as well. Many of my favorites have been released in the past 25 years. But there is something deliciously satisfying about watching a movie that is still effective 60, 70, 80 years after it was conceived. In the case of Brutal Affairs, I wanted to envision a modern screwball comedy; an homage to the classics of the 30s and 40s, with heightened melodrama, and some postmodern twists. I think a genre about class struggle, ambition and relationships provides a great stage for this cautionary tale to perform on. Brutal Affairs takes place almost entirely in one hellish mansion; a place where the highest socialites and lowest reprobate mingle and conspire, while the fate of a young couple's loving relationship hangs in the balance. My only desire for this film is that it equally effective, as it is enjoyable.