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Bed Bugs & Company

A New York based bed bug inspector infests people's apartments instead of inspecting them.

  • Serena Dykman
    Losing Character, The Doorman, Welcome
  • Serena Dykman
    Losing Character, The Doorman, Welcome
  • Serena Dykman
    Losing Character, The Doorman, Welcome
  • Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner
    The Doorman, Welcome, The Pop Warner, The Big Lake
  • Adi Mehr
  • Carlos Perez Segarra
    All Things Beautiful
  • Nick Adamson
    Key Cast
  • Ryan O'Toole
    Key Cast
  • Moe Bertran
    Key Cast
  • Malin Barr
    Key Cast
  • Aurelien Lucas
    Key Cast
  • Rachel Lynn Jackson
    Key Cast
  • David Gibson
    Key Cast
  • Sonia Nam
    Key Cast
  • J.B. Alexander
    Key Cast
  • Marietta Lafarge
    Key Cast
  • Aundrea Fares
    Key Cast
  • Rit Weaver
    Key Cast
  • Laurence Covingon
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Gwinnett Center International Film Festival
    August 1, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Trinity International Film Festival
    Detroit, Michigan
    August 21, 2015
    Michigan Premiere
  • City Eye Cinema Screening Series
    Southampton UK
  • Arpa International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    November 14, 2015
    West Coast Premiere
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York
    November 5, 2015
    New York premiere
  • NewFilmmakers NY
    New York City
    November 25, 2015
  • Audience Awards

    September 10, 2015
    Audience Choice Award Third Place
  • Phnom Penh International Film Festival
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    November 3, 2015
    Cambodia Premiere
  • Yosemite Film Festival
    Yosemite, California
    Yosemite Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • Fargo Film Festival
    Fargo, Minnesota
    March 8, 2016
    Minnesota Premiere
  • Winter Film Awards
    New York City
    February 20, 2016
Director Biography - Serena Dykman

Serena is a “third culture kid”. She was born in Paris and raised between Paris, London, Brussels and New York. She found her true home in New York, city which inspires most of her films. Serena has always had a passion for the entertainment industry, which lead her to pursue a career in filmmaking, theatre and acting since the age of four. Her first short film “Losing Character” premiered at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Her second film "The Doorman" also premiered at Cannes in 2014. It won multiple jury and audience choice awards. It is an Official Selection at numerous festivals throughout the world, in addition to being broadcasted on TV. Since "The Doorman", Serena wrote and directed two thesis films, "Bed Bugs & Company", and "Welcome", which are starting the festival circuit. “Welcome” premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival (Oscar-qualifying) and won Best Student Short at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Chris Columbus Production Award. Her next project "Nana" is a feature transgenerational documentary about her grandmother surviving Auschwitz, which already won the Alan Landsburg Post-Production Award. When Serena isn’t making movies, she spends her time traveling, trying to capture different people and cultures in photographs and videos, as well as working with elephants.

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Director Statement

Through this unconventional and absurd comedy, we hope to convey our love for New York, city where people from all origins and backgrounds are able to coexist. Behind the comedic facade, we want to send a message of peace and acceptance.