A Hint Of Disorder

Leah, a high school math teacher, catches a contagious mental disorder.

Leah is a young workaholic. She's a high-school math teacher, hosts an educational web series, and takes night classes. So when she inexplicably catches this strange disorder, her busy life becomes impossible to control. When she discovers her colleagues are also interacting with their own disorders, she realizes it is not just in her head. Leah plunges into the depths of her own illness to try to save those whom she's infected.

A Hint of Disorder is an exploration of our entanglement with technology and our desire to stay continuously connected. It's a dark comedy and takes place in Morristown, NJ.

  • Benjamin Donnellon
  • Benjamin Donnellon
  • Mark Ehrenkranz
  • Chet Siegel
    Key Cast
    Life Support
  • Jerry Perna
    Key Cast
  • Cedric Cannon
    Key Cast
    All My Children
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  • Genres:
    psychological thriller, Sci-Fi, comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • FilmShop Breakthrough Series
    United States
    March 17, 2016
    Screen First Ten Minutes
Director Biography - Benjamin Donnellon

Ben graduated from Ithaca College, where he studied Cinema & Photography with a minor in philosophy. He is co-founder of the non-profit organization, The FilmShop, a group of independent filmmakers and media producers dedicated to developing new, groundbreaking work through collaboration and collective development. He has directed two narrative feature films, and has acted as cinematographer/editor on several documentary films including "The Revival Of Jewish Poland," which one Best Doc Feature at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. Ben has filmed projects in Israel, Cuba, Morocco, Poland, Czech Republic, Mexico and Ukraine.

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Director Statement

"A Hint Of Disorder" is an exploration of our entanglement with technology. It examines our desire to stay continuously connected. My goal is to encourage the audience to contemplate the possible consequences of how we interact with our devices. Are we more informed because we have better access to information? Or does information lose value because it’s so easily attainable? Are we becoming more fragmented in our own worlds or more united through social media? Are we conscious of the physiological and psychological effects? I sit on a subway, in traffic, in movie theaters, and see every single person on their phones. "Alone Together," as Sherry Turkle says.

Is it good, is it bad? Better yet, is it new? "Although it is in our power to take care of one thing alone, and devote ourselves to that, we choose instead to take care of many, and to encumber ourselves with many...and being thus bound to a multiplicity of things we are burdened by them and dragged down." That's Epictetus (55-135 A.D.). How does today's technology effect this age-old dilemma?