Not Our Living Room

Brothers Jake & Chris are getting ready for their moms' anniversary dinner, but things take an ominous turn when they try to leave the livingroom.

  • Christina Raia
    Kelsey, the webseries (Indiewire's Critic's Pick), Summit
  • Kelsey Rauber
    Kelsey, the webseries (Indiewire's Critic's Pick)
  • Christina Raia
  • Kelsey Rauber
  • Rob Ceriello
    Key Cast
  • Adam Jepsen
    Key Cast
    Chicago (on Broadway)
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, SciFi
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C500
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2015 FirstGlance Film Festival
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Christina Raia

Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions LLC & a Crowdfunding Specialist at Seed&Spark. She won Best Director for her feature film, SUMMIT, at the Rhode Island International Film Festival's Vortex Fest, and the film won Best Horror Film at the Manhattan Film Festival. It was released on VOD in 2016. She co-created, directed and produced the comedic web series Kelsey, which premiered on in September 2013 to rave reviews and consistent press coverage, including as a Critic’s Pick and named one of the 19 Best Comedy Web Series of 2013 by It has over a quarter million hits online. Her other credits as Director, Producer and Writer include multiple narrative short films that have made official selection at film festivals across the country. In addition to Indiewire, her work and approach as a filmmaker have been covered by the Examiner, AfterEllen and BuzzFeed. She also turned her desire to foster collaboration and engagement in the local film community into IndieWorks, a monthly film screening series showcasing and supporting the work of other independent filmmakers in New York.

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Director Statement

The script was written by my co-producer as a way to cope with her sister having an accident that landed her in the hospital. I was attracted to the script for two reasons: one because it portrayed male characters in a way not typically seen on screen; they're more vulnerable and relatable in a less stereotypically masculine way, and the other because I liked that it was a genre piece on the surface, but really an intimate drama at its core. It's about loss and an inability to let go. I liked the idea of balancing those two aspects visually.

As a director, I chose to ground the film more in reality initially to give the audience a sense of comfort before bringing in more surreal aspects and pulling the rug out. At the same time though, I wanted to allow the audience to be somewhat in on it before the characters are, for the audience to have context clues that lead them to a realization in the same way the characters have. What's bitter sweet about the film though is that the characters come to the wrong conclusion, and from a directing standpoint, I thought it'd be more engaging and emotional if the audience senses that before being flat out told it with the ending. Ultimately, it was a challenging piece to direct, and while it has a similarity to other revelation/twist-driven pieces other filmmakers make, I think there's a unique style to this film that makes it stand out, particularly in that it has character and heart in a nuanced way that genre films often do not.