The Shvitzing

When David takes his girlfriend Amy to his family lake house for a romantic getaway weekend, he is haunted by the ghosts of his overbearing parents who can't stand Amy and want to break them up.

  • Max Rissman
  • Max Rissman
  • Max Rissman
  • Adel Morales
  • Donna Conforti
  • Paul Rissman
  • Alex Carmine
    Key Cast
  • Cali Moore
    Key Cast
  • Marietta LaFarge
    Key Cast
  • George Peck
    Key Cast
  • Addison Hays
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Sarasota Film Festival
    United States
    April 9, 2016
    World Premier
  • Dances With Films
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 8, 2016
    West Coast Premier
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
    Long Beach Island
    United States
    June 12, 2016
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    United States
    July 17, 2016
Director Biography - Max Rissman

Ever since Max Rissman was four years old, when he forced his parents to watch and subsequently act out "The Wizard of Oz" with him nightly, he has been captivated by the power of stories. He wrote his first short story when he was six and his first play when he was fifteen, yet it wasn’t until he made his first film that he discovered exactly what he wanted to do with his life. After attending college at Washington University in St. Louis, Max enrolled in NYU’s MFA program in filmmaking, the first step in a life full of chasing crazy dreams.

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Director Statement

Are you haunted by voices that constantly tell you everything decision you've ever made and ever will make is wrong? I know I am. In David's case, the ever-present voices of self doubt have grown into more than just voices...they have manifested into the ghosts of his deceased parents. The Shvitzing attempts to take on the issue of self doubt, and explore how we can only conquer our inner demons when we allow others to help us fight them.