Experiencing Interruptions?


A seemingly unremarkable man spends a day taking a bizarre test at a mysterious facility. Through his day he interacts with the odd, detached employees of the facility, guiding him from section to section, obscuring the intentions or duration of the test.

  • Jay Lifton
    How He Fell in Love, 5 to 7, Peter and Vandy, Chlorine, The Lost Children (all as composer)
  • Jay Lifton
  • Catherine Ho
  • Blake Ashman-Kipervaser
    Starlet, The ADK, River of Fundament
  • Mickey O'Hagan
    Key Cast
    Tangerine, Starlet
  • Dave Shelley
    Key Cast
    River of Rundament, Basquiat
  • Ryan McCarthy
    Key Cast
    Why Stop Now, Captain of the Land of Make-Believe
  • Gus Renaud
    Key Cast
    Growing Up And Other Lies
  • Me'Lisa Sellers
    Key Cast
    Split, It's About Ugliness
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    absurdist, dark comedy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Other
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Epic
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA Shorts Fest
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 10, 2015
  • Cambridge Film Festival
    Cambridge, UK
    July 20, 2015
  • Atlantic Film Festival
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
    September 24, 2015
    Canadian Premiere
  • Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    April 7, 2015
    Brooklyn Premiere
    Best Super Short
  • Kingston Film Festival
    Kingston, NY
    August 15, 2015
    Upstate NY Premiere
    Best Short Film
  • Chain NYC Film Festival
    Long Island City, NY
    August 11, 2015
    Best Experimental Short
  • NY Shorts
    New York, NY
    May 27, 2015
  • Queens World Film Festival
    Long Island City, NY
    March 20, 15
    New York
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    Carson City, NV
    February 5, 15
  • Bare Bones Film Festival
    Muskogee, OK
    April 1, 15
  • Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    April 23, 2015
    Philadelphia Premiere
  • HP Lovecraft Film Festival
    San Pedro, CA
    May 1, 2015
    West Coast Premiere
  • New Jersey Film Festival
    New Brunswick, NJ
    April 30, 2015
    New Jersey Premiere
  • Sunderland Shorts Film Festival
    Sunderland, UK
    July 2, 2015
    UK Premiere
  • Roswell Film Festival and Comic Con
    Roswell, NM
    July 2, 2015
    New Mexico Premiere
  • NYC PictureStart Awards
    New York, NY
    June 3, 2015
  • San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    July 18, 2015
    San Francisco Premiere
  • Milwaukee Short Film Festival
    Milwaukee, WI
    September 12, 2015
    Wisconsin Premiere
    Artistic Achievement
Director Biography - Jay Lifton

Greek-American musician Jay Lifton has been a composer for the past 15 years, working on a wide variety of projects in the NY area; independent features like Jay DiPietro's PETER AND VANDY, Victor Levin's 5 to 7, and Marc Meyer's HOW HE FELL IN LOVE, as well as documentaries such as EGG The ARTS SHOW, and spots for IBM and American Express. TEST is his directorial debut, written after the birth of his second child, while he slept on his dad's lap.

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Director Statement

I've been a musician since I was a child, but always loved to shoot little micro-films on whatever cheap cameras I've had around. This is my first "real" film as a director with a crew. In TEST we were looking to explore existentialist themes, mostly derived from experiences parenting my two boys. The production design was inspired by my father's long career with IBM. He started there in the 60's and often brought me to the office as a child to see the vast repository of technology living there. The 4:3 framing and general stillness seeks to achieve the feel of cold-war surveillance.