Living Hell

A man returns home from an extended hospital stay only to be reminded that sometimes "home" is a living hell.

  • Eileen Grubba
  • Eileen Grubba
  • Eileen Grubba
  • Cynthia Dane
  • Marvin Glover
  • Colleen Keane
  • Robert Romani
    Key Cast
    Nominated Best Actor
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital - Black Magic
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Actor Nomination
Director Biography - Eileen Grubba

Eileen Grubba is an award-winning actress, writer, and producer. She is a member of the Television Academy, lifetime member of The Actors Studio, and Brand Ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion. Her TV appearances include HBO’s Watchmen, CBS’s SWAT, ALL Rise, Criminal Minds, NBC’s New Amsterdam, Game Of Silence, Netflix’s The Politician, ABC’s Stumptown, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Fear The Walking Dead, HBO’s Hung & Enlightened, Benched, Instant Mom, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, Monk and more. She has won multiple Best Actress awards. Was honored with the WeSpark Award at Idyllwild Film Festival 2020 for social impact on the entertainment industry, Winner of the Mary Austin Excellence in Screenwriting Awards in 2019 and 2020, and Mary Austin Excellence in Producing Award in 2021, as well as more than 50 international awards for her disability-inclusive short films. She is an advocate for the hiring of performers with disabilities in film, television and advertising, serves on the SAG/AFTRA National PWD Committee, and was selected for the 2020 CBS Leadership Pipeline for directing. She is a national public speaker for events supporting challenged patients, disability inclusion, eradicating bullying, and empowering women. In 2019 she went through training at the FBI’s Citizen Academy for community leaders and was keynote speaker for their graduation.
Eileen narrowly survived a viral attack on her spine caused by a vaccine that left her paralyzed. She spent years of her childhood in a wheelchair, and every year since trying to stay on her feet. She is also a cancer survivor.

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Director Statement

When Robert asked me to write and direct a film for him for the Disability Film Challenge, I jumped at the chance to create a strong role, that fit his abilities and challenges at the time of filming. We made this dark comedic film in less than 48 hours to fit the parameters of the film challenge, and due to the response we have received from the disabled community, we want more of the world to see this. Thank you.