Experiencing Interruptions?


An idealistic grade school teacher has a fear of speaking up in public (other than in front of her kids). But when she finds out that children in her school are going hungry - thanks to federal cutbacks - it compels her to do things she wouldn't have thought she could do, including confronting a Congressman, to help out the children.

NOTE: This 20 minute version of "Hungry" was completed in June 2016, but the earlier 23:45 version was completed Sept. 2015 -- We have left up on this version's screening and award information, all the awards accrued & festival screenings of both versions.

  • Jillie Simon
    "Legalize" music video, "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)", music video
  • Thomas Simon
    "Thomas Simon: WalkAbout", "Legalize" music video, Condor Jam", music video, "So Many Ways...", music video
  • Jillie Simon
    So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy) "Legalize"
  • Jillie Simon
    "Legalize", "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)", MSF's "Smellls Like Teen Spirit"
  • Thomas Simon
    "Lucky Express", "Thomas Simon: WalkAbout", "Condor Jam", "Legalize", "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)", MSF's "Smellls Like Teen Spirit"
  • Jillie Simon
    Key Cast
    "Confess", "You Have The Right to Remain Violent", "Hannah Henri", "The Fanatical Teachings of Julian Tau", "As The World Turns", "The Chris Rock Show", "The Incoherents" (in post), "Prince Harming" (in post)
  • Eric Roberts
    Key Cast
    "RunAway Train", "Star 80", King of the Gypsies", "Less Than Perfect", "It's My Party", "Batman-The Dark Night", "La Cucaracha", "Final Analysis", "BabyFever", "Pope of Greenwich Village", etc.
  • Alex Emanuel
    Key Cast
    "Buster", "Blowtorch", Broken Angels", "Blue Bloods", "Incoherent", "I Married A Mobster", etc.
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    39,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Full HD 1920x1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The Indie Fest Film Awards 2015
    WINNER: Award of Merit- Actress- Leading (Jillie Simon as Allison Lenare)
  • Burbank International Film Festival
    Burbank, California
    September 11, 2015
    World Premiere
    Nominations: Best Actress, Best Short Films by Women
  • Other Venice Film Festival
    Venice, California
    October 10, 2015
    Nominations: Best Actress, Best Short Film
  • Socially Relevant Film Festival
    NYC, N.Y.
    March 14, 2016
    East Coast Premiere
  • Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    May 7, 2016
    WINNER: Best Film (Public Service Honoree)
  • Hoboken International Film Festival
    Middletown, NY
    United States
    June 5, 2016
  • The Long Beach Indie International Film, Music and Media Festival
    Long Beach
    United States
    August 31, 2016
    Nominee: Best Short Film
  • Action on Film International Film Festival
    United States
    September 7, 2016
    WINNER: Golden State Best Performance in an Acting Role
  • The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
    United States
    August 13, 2016
    Midwest Premiere
    Winner: Star Award & Honorable Mention
  • Chesapeake Film Festival
    United States
    October 29, 2016
    Maryland Premiere
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City, New Jersey
    United States
    September 26, 2016
    New Jersey Premiere
  • International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality
    September 21, 2016
    Asian Premiere
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    November 2, 2016
  • BlowUp Chicage Arthouse Film Festival
    United States
    Best Short Film nominee
  • New York Short Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    November 9, 2016
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
    Idyllwild, California
    United States
    January 6, 2017
    WiNNER: Indie Spirit Award, Nominations for Best Featurette, Best Actress - Featurette, Best Actor - Featurette, Best Ensemble - Featurette, Mary Austin Excellence in Screenwriting,, Marshall Hawkins Award, Best Score & Juan Ruiz Ancha-Best Cinematogrophy
  • Social World Film Festival 2017
    Vico Equenze
  • Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 28, 2018
  • Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    August 21, 2017
    Nomination: Best Short Film
  • Glendale International Film Festival
    United States
    October 20, 2017
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    United States
    July 18, 2018
    Long Island
  • Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest
    Jersey City
    United States
    August 4, 2018
    WINNER: Best Actress, Long Short
  • KidsFirst! Film Festival

    United States
  • San Diego International Kids Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    August 25, 2018
    WINNER: Make A Difference Award
  • World Film Fair
    New York City
    United States
    October 28, 2018
  • Katra Film Series: SideBar Edition
    United States
    March 16, 2019
    Honorable Mention and 1st Runner-Up Audience Award
  • Art is Alive Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    August 4, 2019
  • Festival Angaelica
    United States
    October 10, 2019
    Winner: Best Social Message
  • Vegas Movie Awards
    Las Vegas
    United States
    May 16, 2020
    Winner: Best Actress - Award of Prestige, Winner: Best Inspirational Film - Award of Excellence
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    La Jolla
    United States
    Winner: Leading Actress, Winner: Liberation/Social Justice/Protest - Award of Recognition
  • My Indie Short Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 3, 2020
    Honorary Selection [invited to lead off the festival]
  • X World International Film Festival
    December 28, 2019
    WINNER: Outstanding Actress- Jillie Simon, WINNER, Directorial Excellence
Director Biography - Jillie Simon, Thomas Simon

Jillie Simon is an actor, singer-songwriter, writer, director and producer who's performed nationally and internationally on stage and screen.
She wrote, co-directed, produced and played the lead role in her first narrative short film "Hungry", co-starring Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts. "Hungry" has won 17 awards so far (including seven that Jillie won for Best Actress/Best Performance in a Film), two Honorable Mentions, a Semi-Finalist and 16 nominations in 34 festivals. Prior to that, she'd co-directed, co-produced and performed in two multi-award-winning music videos, "Legalize" and "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)". Her new film "A Chance", has begun it's festival journey, and won 4 awards to date.

Acting credits include a principal role in the multi-award winning feature film “The Incoherents”, with Annette O'Toole, and “Prince Harming”, a multi- award-winning dramedy, by Marianne Hettinger, both of which have just received distribution. Past film and tv includes a lead role in "You Have the Right to Remain Violent”, directed by the multi-award-winning Roberto Monticello, roles in indie film “Confess” by Stefan Schaefer ((Melissa Leo, Ali Larter), in the Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind", director Ron Howard, the title role in romantic comedy short "Hannah Henri" by Akiva Penaloza, and a recurring role on "As The World Turns”.

-Off-Broadway work includes performances at the NY Public Theater ("Blues"), in "Tony & Tina’s Wedding", and playing Marilyn Monroe in "Marilyn”, with Jack Mulcahy as JFK, BritFest. One of the highlights of her regional theater work was performing with Marlo Thomas at the Cleveland Playhouse. She’s had the pleasure of performing with other luminaries as well, such as Marion Seldes (StagePlays Theater), Austin Pendleton (at the Cornelia St. Cafe), Joyce Randolph (New Dramatists), and Tom Wopat, in a reading of a new Larry Beinhart ("Wag the Dog") screenplay “Divorce” at The Directors Company.
She's performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, UCBeast and the NY Comedy Club, and has also been a Guest Teaching Artist at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. http://www.jilliesimon.com
Thomas Simon Bio ( Co-Director, Composer, Editor, Producer)

European born Musician/Composer/Producer/Director Thomas Simon moved to New York City to expand his horizon in his life in art. Within the past year, his atmospheric ambient live show "Thomas Simon Vortex" toured repeatedly in the USA, South America and Europe. He created the soundtrack to the feature film "Exit 0", starring Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), released his latest short film "A Chance" and is collaborating with João Milet Meirelles, Brazilian electronic musician extraordinaire (Baiana System) on an experimental-rock-ambient project "Sonar Atmosfera".

Together with his wife Jillie Simon, Thomas produces music and films through their "Endorphin Records" production company. Their first narrative short "Hungry", starring Jillie Simon and Eric Roberts has been honored with 11 awards in 32 festival screenings to date.

Additional soundtrack credits include award-winning feature film “La Redempcio dels Peixos”, starring Luis Soler (Spain/Italy/USA) for which Thomas was nominated for Best Music/Best Song at the Milan International Film Festival 2013. The movie had a theatrical release in Spain in 2014. That year, Thomas also produced, edited and did soundtrack work on documentary feature “Lucky Express” (which landed distribution with Cinema Libre Studios and is available on Amazon Prime).

Thomas directed and produced four award winning music videos between 2009 and 2013 (two of which he collaborated on with Jillie -see details at www.thomassimon.nyc).

As a musician, he produced and recorded eleven CD’s, the latest "Sonar Atmosfera" recorded in Salvador, Brazil in 2019 - then, four solo albums, two with the project LOVE ALIEN, and four with the band Musiciens Sans Frontieres, all of them released on their independent label, endorphin records. Numerous songs off the albums have received airplay on commercial and college radio world-wide, with “Affection”, off MSF’s album “Satellite” being placed on the GRAMMY ballot in 2008.

Thomas composed the music for rock opera "THE DAMNED", which ran for six weeks in Nov/Dec, 2001, to sold out houses (Kraine Theater, NYC), directed and co-written by five-time Emmy winner William Electric Black) and performed live with the cast. More soundtrack credits include commissions by Saucon Films to create ambient pieces and segue-ways for their feature "Black Wine", and in 2003 Thomas made his debut film, a documentary/musical travelogue called “Thomas Simon: Walkabout” (USA/Nepal/India/Brazil) which was streamed on Current TV in 2005.

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Director Statement

"Hungry" is a story about empowerment, about taking action, and about the urgent need to feed hungry children. There are millions of children around the world who suffer food insecurity every day. Yet the resources are out there - no child should be going hungry. With the short film "Hungry" we're hoping to help spark the global conversation about finally making that a reality.

Thomas had brought me (Jillie) a couple of news articles on teachers who'd paid out of their pockets in order to get some children in their classes lunch balances up, because the kids were going through their day hungry, and I thought that would be an important thing to shine a light on and create a story about.
Eric Roberts' representatives reached out to us because of Eric's interest in the topic, and after reading and loving the script, he came on-board to play Congressman Thicke.