Experiencing Interruptions?


A young female musician with a mental disorder struggles with hallucinations and seeks normal relationships with her friends and family.

  • Enrique Rico Diaz
  • Enrique Rico Diaz
  • Candice Rose Knutson
  • Enrique Rico Diaz
  • Cori Diaz
  • Jasmine Diaz
    Key Cast
  • Monty Seward
    Key Cast
  • Martin Santander
    Key Cast
  • Ruthy Otero
    Key Cast
  • Kee Seymore
    Key Cast
  • Laura Stetman
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Los Angeles Shorts Fest
    Los Angeles, Ca
    August 21, 2015
    LA Premiere
  • New York City International Film Festival
    New York City, NY
    April 26, 2016
    New York Premiere
  • Treasure Coast International Film Festival
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    October 3, 2015
    Florida Premiere
    Won Best Short - Nominated for Best Editing and Best Cinematography
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
    Idyllwild, CA
    January 23, 2016
    Nominated for Best Student Film and Best Cinematography
  • Baltimore International Black Film Festival
    Baltimore, MD
    October 10, 2015
    Baltimore Premiere
  • Viva Latino Film Festival NYC International
    New York City, NY
    May 7, 2016
  • Big Cross Los Angeles Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    November 8, 2015
    Best Short Film
  • Inspired Faith Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    February 20, 2016
    Won- Best of the Fest - Student Film
  • Christian Life International Film Festival
    Thamesville, Canada
    September 26, 2015
    Silver Award
  • Borrego Springs Film festival
    Borrego Springs, CA
    January 30, 2016
    Filmmaking Recognition Award
  • Green Bay Film Festival
    Green Bay, WI
    March 5, 2016
  • Clean Shorts Film Festival
    Choctaw, OK
    April 2, 2016
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Nominated Best Student Film
  • Black Cat Film Festival
    Augusta, GA
    August 8, 2015
    Georgia Premiere
  • Trinity International Film Festival
    Detriot, MI
    September 12, 2015
Director Biography - Enrique Rico Diaz

Enrique Rico Diaz served as a Captain from the United States Marine Corps and earned a combat action ribbon while serving with a special operations unit. During his service, Rico earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from New York Regent's College and a Master's degree from Webster University. Although a Texas native, Rico settled in Murrieta, California after his release from active duty.

As result of his military service, Rico was disabled for a few years and persevered through painful surgeries and several innovative therapies. While recovering, Rico completed the screen writing programs at both the New York Film Academy and UCLA. Additionally he has earned UCLA certificates in directing, producing, and cinematography. While attending UCLA, Rico has been part of more than 40 film projects as a producer, director, writer, or assistant director; among various other positions. Rico hopes to some day be a producer/writer/director of feature films and/or television programs.

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Director Statement

In film school we were taught to write what you know. This story has its inspiration from circumstances in my life. I am a U. S. Marine veteran and when I returned from my first combat tour I had adjustment problems and sought “normal” relationships with my friends and family – just like the main character of the film. I needed to find balance in my life in order to connect with others. Like the character, I was able to find balance through creative arts and my faith. I just hope this film inspires others to find some type of positive outlet that leads to balance or “Harmony” in their lives.

The idea for the film started with a conversation about music. The composer/star of the movie explained the concept of dissonance and consonance to me. This concept could be a parable for someone’s life.

After some research, the we discovered that one of the greatest composers of all time, Beethoven, actually suffered from a mental disorder. Today many people suffer from mental disorders and seek relief of their symptoms. The main character “wants to be normal”. There are many opinions as to how someone can be “normal”. Some consider medication to treat mental illness, others use therapy, and some consider religion as opportunity to cure a patient.

In this film the main character desires to use music to feel “normal”, while her parents are divided on the solution. Her father wants her to seek religion, while her mother believes medication will solve her ills.

We wanted to make a film that explores these issues associated with mental illness and depict the different viewpoints of what can be used to find a cure. Additionally, we wanted to pull together people of different ethnicities to show “Harmony” between different cultures.