Experiencing Interruptions?


Lydia Walters was a beloved actress that died suddenly, leaving all of her 'friends' potentially implicated in her death. All she wanted was to trend on Twitter. Is that too much to ask?

  • Kevin Machate
  • Roanna Flowers
  • Kevin Machate
  • Marilyn Ghigiliotti
    Key Cast
  • Missi Pyle
    Key Cast
    The Artist, Big Fish, Dodgeball, Galaxy Quest
  • Naomi Grossman
    Key Cast
    American Horror Story: Seasons 2 & 4
  • Beth Shea
    Key Cast
    The United States of Tara, Lots of Hallmark movies
  • Ammie Leonards
    Key Cast
    Dallas, Vampire Diaries
  • Heath Allyn
    Key Cast
    Friday Night Lights
  • David Henne
    Key Cast
  • Jason Vines
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Machate
    Key Cast
    Bernie, Copycat
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  • Genres:
    Mockumentary, Dark Comedy, student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    6,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival - Sacramento
    Sacramento, CA
    March 8, 2014
    World Premiere
  • Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner
    Cannes, France
    May 21, 2014
  • Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
    Houston, TX
    April 19, 2014
    Silver Remi Award
  • Brevard Short Film Festival
    Brevard, NC
    June 1, 2014
  • Houston Comedy Film Festival
    Houston, Texas
    July 31, 2014
    Best Ensemble Cast
  • Best Shorts Competition
    La Jolla, CA
    July 7, 2014
    Award of Merit
  • Middle Coast Film Festival
    Bloomington, IN
    July 26, 2014
  • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival -San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX
    August 2, 2014
  • Plaza Classic Film Festival
    El Paso, TX
    August 10, 2014
  • Festival Nacional de Cine Estudiantil
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    September 27, 2014
    South American Premiere
  • Golden Egg Film Festival
    Cancun, MX
    December 10, 2014
    Mexico Premiere
    WINNER: People's Choice Award, Best Supporting Actress (Naomi Grossman) and Best Supporting Actor (David Henne)
  • Accolade Film Competition
    La Jolla, CA
    September 19, 2014
    Award of Merit
  • The Short Film Awards
    NYC, NY
    December 13, 2014
    Nominated: Best Comedic Short Film
  • The International Independent Film Awards
    Encino, CA
    October 9, 2014
    Bronze Award
  • Pune Short Film Festival
    Pune, India
    December 30, 2014
  • The ITSA Film Festival
    Sonora, CA
    November 7, 2014
    Nominee:Best Comedy
  • The Off-Kilter Film Festival
    Bastrop, TX
    November 13, 2014
  • Free Film Festival
    Tampa, FL
    May 29, 2015
    Florida Premiere
  • 5th Siliguri International Short Film and Documentary Contest 2014 (AKA Siliguri International Film Festival)
    Siliguri, India
    November 15, 2014
    Asia Premiere
  • The Indie Fest
    La Jolla, CA
    November 14, 2014
    Award of Merit
  • North Carolina Film Awards
    Raleigh, NC
    January 2, 2015
    President's Award
  • People of Passion International Film Festival
    Melbourne, AU
    January 17, 2015
    Oceania Premiere
  • Eastern North Carolina Film Festival
    Winterville, NC
    June 13, 2015
  • Bare Bones International Film Festival
    Muskogee, OK
    April 24, 2015
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Nominated for Best Comedy
  • Hollyshorts Monthly Screenings
    Hollywood, CA
    May 21, 2015
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    September 23, 2015
  • Depth of Field International Film Festival
    March 30, 2015
    Delaware Premeire
    Award of Exceptional Merit (3) - Comedy, Director, Supporting Actress (Ammie Leonards)
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, CA
    April 1, 2015
  • Eastern North Carolina Film Festival
    Winterville, NC
    June 13, 2015
  • Mexico International Film Festival
    May 1, 2015
    Bronze Palm
  • Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase
    Fort Worth, TX
    July 18, 2015
    DFW Premiere
    Best Comedy Short Film
  • San Francisco Film Awards
    San Francisco, CA
    April 4, 2015
    Award of Merit
  • Middlesborough International Film Festival
    Midddlesborough, UK
    September 12, 2015
    UK Premeire
  • Goa Short Film Festival
    Goa, India
    May 2, 2015
  • Trail Dance Film Festival
    Duncan, OK
    January 28, 2016
Director Biography - Kevin Machate

Kevin is a recent graduate of the University of Texas, with residence in the departments of American Studies and History. Although he began his film career as an actor, he quickly moved into Producing and eventually Directing. Kevin's films have been screened in various cities in the US, South America, Asia, and Europe. This is his fifth short film as Producer and fourth as Director. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and a three-time Guinness World Record holder. Kevin was recently featured by Business Insider magazine as one of the most "Impressive Students at the University of Texas."

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Director Statement

Not long after we wrapped on my directorial debut, I got the idea for a film, with a concept based on one of the actresses that had just starred in "Love, Simple." Being a fan, and now a student of pop culture, I came up with the concept and consulted with the same writer that wrote "Love, Simple." The original idea was that the sycophantic wannabe Liz Tanner (played by the amazing Beth Shea) was out to use every bit of Lydia Walters' fame (and recent Emmy win) to enhance her own acting career. What I did not initially realize was that this was exactly how this film was going to get made. Beth is old friends with Naomi Grossman whose breakout role as "Pepper" on American Horror Story: Asylum skyrocketed her popularity and it was through her association with Beth that she agreed to be in the film.
With us being located in Texas as opposed to LA, this was kind of a big deal. In Austin, you're not likely to get a name actor in your film simply because we're so far from where many of them live. A few months later, I happened to meet Missi Pyle who had recently worked with Naomi and eventually agreed to be in the film as well. Sadly her schedule got in the way of her VO recording, so we had to cast another actress to voice the role, even though we had already wrapped having used Missi's face in the photos throughout the film. However, because we were trying to replace Missi, I was able to use that to my advantage to get another recognizable actress (Marilyn Ghigliotti -"Veronica" from Clerks) to do the voice. I don't think this film would have turned out to be what it is if it had not been for the same associative connections to which the film speaks.