Set amidst a blizzard on the rocky cliffs of Nahant, MA, “After” tells the story of a woman forced to end a volatile affair with her lover.

Vivian wakes to find herself alone in Sam’s car after a night of drunken debauchery. Confused but content, she collects herself as Sam returns with coffees in hand. Together, they quickly fall into the familiar habit of a long love affair. However when her husband calls telling her that she has to come home for her son’s soccer game, Vivian is forced to make a difficult choice between her family and her lover.

Lust or responsibility.

“After” explores the calm before the storm, and what it means to watch one's fragile reality shatter into a million pieces.

  • Emily Sheehan
  • Emily Sheehan
  • Allison Ajemian
  • Kate Avallone
    Key Cast
  • Timonthy O'Malley
    Key Cast
  • Bryan Sih
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Redstone Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    February 25, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Third Place for "Best Film Category"
  • Young Cuts
    Montreal, Quebec
    October 17, 2015
  • Pictoclik Showcase: Battle of the Film Schools
    San Francisco, CA
    November 7, 2015
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Market

    June 16, 2015
Director Biography - Emily Sheehan

Originally from Seattle, WA, Emily Sheehan, 22, is a graduate student & director in Boston University's Cinema & Media MFA Program. Emily has won multiple awards for her work including the 2014 New England College Emmy for Best Long Form Fiction for "Theodore," an episode from the Telly Award winning BUTV10 webseries "Welcome Back Brotter," and third place at the 35th Annual Redstone Film Festival for her short film "After." She works as a Teaching Assistant for two courses at Boston University and interned at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival.

Recently, Emily completed a short documentary in China and received the Adrienne Shelly Production Grant of $5000 for her piece, "Skipping Stones."

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Director Statement

I wanted to capture a woman torn between two realities, real life and fantasy. That fleeting moment when real life and responsibilities feel suspended in time. And then, the flip side of that, when the bubble you have created for yourself comes crashing down and all you’re left with is a bitter taste in your mouth. The affair was the vehicle for that push and pull between what you want and what you’re stuck with. That push and pull was what I was really interested in studying.