Experiencing Interruptions?


An idealistic grade school teacher has a fear of speaking up in public (other than in front of her kids). But when she finds out that children in her school are going hungry - thanks to federal cutbacks - it compels her to do things she wouldn't have thought she could do, including confronting a Congressman, to help out the children.

  • Jillie Simon
    "Legalize" music video, "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)" music video
  • Thomas Simon
    "Thomas Simon: WalkAbout", "Legalize" music video, Condor Jam", music video, "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)" music video
  • Jillie Simon
    "Legalize" (lyrics), "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)" (lyrics)
  • Jillie Simon
    "Legalize", "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)", MSF's "Smellls Like Teen Spirit"
  • Thomas Simon
    "Lucky Express", "Thomas Simon: WalkAbout", "Condor Jam", "Legalize", "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)", MSF's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  • Jillie Simon
    Key Cast
    "Confess", "You Have The Right to Remain Violent", "Hannah Henri", "The Fanatical Teachings of Julian Tau", "As The World Turns", "The Chris Rock Show", etc.
  • Eric Roberts
    Key Cast
    "RunAway Train", "Star 80", King of the Gypsies", "Less Than Perfect", "It's My Party", "Batman-The Dark Night", "La Cucaracha", "Final Analysis", "BabyFever", "Pope of Greenwich Village", etc.
  • Alex Emanuel
    Key Cast
    "Buster", "Blowtorch", Broken Angels", "Blue Bloods", "Incoherent", "I Married A Mobster", etc.
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    39,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • The Indie Film Awards 2015 (26 minute version)
    United States
    WINNER: Award of Merit - Actress- Leading (Jillie Simon as Allison Lenare)
  • Burbank International Film Festival (23:45 minute version)
    Burbank, California
    United States
    September 11, 2015
    World Premiere
    Best Actress nominee, Best Short Films by Women nominee
  • Other Venice Film Festival (23:45 minute version)
    Venice, California
    United States
    October 10, 2015
    Best Actress nominee, Best Short Film nominee
  • SR Socially Relevant Film Festival (23:45 minute version)
    United States
    March 14, 2016
    East Coast Premiere
  • Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (23:45 minute version)
    United States
    May 7, 2016
    WINNER: Best Film (Public Service Honoree)
  • Hoboken International Film Festival (23:45 minute version)
    United States
    June 5, 2016
  • The Indie Gathering International Film Festival (23:45 minute version)
    United States
    August 13, 2016
    Midwest Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • Long Beach Indie International Film, Music and Media Festival
    Long Beach
    United States
    August 31, 2016
    Best Short Film Nominee
  • Action on Film International Film Festival
    United States
    September 7, 2016
    WINNER: Golden State Best Performance in an Acting Role
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City
    United States
    September 26, 2016
    New Jersey Premiere
  • International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality
    September 21, 2016
    Asian Premiere
    Winner: International Award of Outstanding Excellence- "Hungry" -Lead Actress- Jillie Simon, Winner: International Award of Excellence "Hungry"- Music- Thomas Simon, Winner: Special Jury Award- Eric Roberts
  • Chesapeake Film Festival
    United States
    October 29, 2016
    Maryland Premiere
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    November 3, 2016
  • New York Short Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 9, 2016
  • BlowUp Chicage Arthouse Film Festival
    United States
    Best Short Film nominee
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
    Idyllwild, California
    United States
    January 6, 2017
    WINNER: Indie Spirit Award, Nominations for Best Featurette, Best Actress - Featurette, Best Actor - Featurette, Best Ensemble - Featurette, Mary Austin Excellence in Screenwriting,, Marshall Hawkins Award, Best Score & Juan Ruiz Ancha-Best Cinematogrophy
  • Cinerockom International Film Festival
    United States
    February 24, 2017
  • Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    It will be in April, the exact date is still TBA (we were just sent notification)
  • Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    Las Vegas premiere- & Screening will be in July, the exact date is TBA (we were given early notification)
  • Glendale International Film Festival
    Glendale, CA
    United States
    October 20, 2017
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    United States
    July 18, 2018
  • Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest
    Jersey City
    United States
    August 4, 2018
    Best Actress, Long Short
  • KidsFirst! Film Festival

    United States
  • San Diego International Kids Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    August 25, 2018
    San Diego
    Make A Difference Award
  • World Film Fair
    New York City
    United States
    October 28, 2018
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    La Jolla
    United States
    Honorable Mention: Leading Actress
  • Festival Angaelica
    United States
    October 17, 2019
    Official Selection
  • X World International Film Festival
    December 28, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jillie Simon, Thomas Simon

Co-Directors Jillie Simon & Thomas Simon

Jillie Simon is an actor, singer-songwriter and producer who's performed nationally and internationally on stage and screen. She's also co-directed, co-produced and performed in two multi-award-winning music videos, “Legalize” and “So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy)” with partner and husband Thomas Simon prior to writing, co-directing and co-producing “Hungry”, the first narrative film that she created.

Film credits include a principal role in indie film "You Have the Right to Remain Violent”, directed by Roberto Monticello, the title role in romantic comedy short "Hannah Henri" by Akiva Penaloza, roles in indie film “Confess” by Stefan Schaefer (Best Screenplay, Hampton Film Festival), in the Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind", directed by Ron Howard and most recently, in rock & roll comedy "The Incoherents", starring Amy Carlson & Kate Arrington, currently winning awards in the festival circuit, and "Prince Harming", dir. Marianne Hettinger, also currently winning awards in festivals. Television roles include a recurring role on "As The World Turns”.
Off-Broadway work includes performances at the NY Public Theater ("Blues"), in "Tony & Tina’s Wedding", and playing Marilyn Monroe in "Marilyn”, with Jack Mulcahy as JFK, BritFest 2005. ----One of the highlights of her regional theater work was performing with Marlo Thomas at the Cleveland Playhouse. She’s also had the pleasure of performing with other luminaries such as Marion Seldes in a staged reading of a Pete LeMay play at the Players Club, Austin Pendleton (Cornelia St. Cafe), Joyce Randolph (New Dramatists), and with Tom Wopat, playing his sixth wife, in a reading of a new Larry Beinhart ("Wag the Dog") screenplay “Divorce” at The Directors Company, directed by Michael Parva.
-- She's acted in three short films over this past summer that are proof-of-concept shorts (two for feature films -"Summer of '70" and "Entrapment" -and one for mini-series, "Infiltrated"). She has also previously performed improv shows at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, UCBeast and the NY Comedy Club. And has been a Guest Teaching Artist at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

European born Musician/Composer/Producer/Director Thomas Simon moved to New York City to expand his horizon in his life in art.

Within the past year, his atmospheric ambient live show "Thomas Simon Vortex" toured repeatedly in the USA, South America and Europe. He created the soundtrack to the feature film "Exit 0", starring Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), released his latest short film "A Chance" and is collaborating with João Milet Meirelles, Brazilian electronic musician extraordinaire (Baiana System) on an experimental-rock-ambient project "Sonar Atmosfera".

Together with his wife Jillie Simon, Thomas produces and releases music and films through their "Endorphin Records" production company. Their just released short film "A Chance" has made a strong festival start, with two awards for Best LGBT film as their last narrative short "Hungry", starring Jillie Simon and Eric Roberts, is nearing the end of its film festival run after 33 festival screenings and 15 awards.

Additional soundtrack credits include award-winning feature film “La Redempcio dels Peixos”, starring Luis Soler (Spain/Italy/USA) for which Thomas was nominated for Best Music/Best Song at the Milan International Film Festival 2013. The movie had a theatrical release in Spain in 2014. That year, Thomas also produced, edited and did soundtrack work on documentary feature “Lucky Express” (which landed distribution with Cinema Libre Studios and is available on Amazon Prime).

Thomas directed and produced four award winning music videos between 2009 and 2013 (two of which he collaborated on with Jillie -see details at www.thomassimon.nyc).

As a musician, he produced and recorded eleven CD’s, the latest "Sonar Atmosfera" recorded in Salvador, Brazil in 2019 - then, four solo albums, two with the project LOVE ALIEN, and four with the band Musiciens Sans Frontieres, all of them released on their independent label, endorphin records.

Numerous songs off the albums have received airplay on commercial and college radio world-wide, with “Affection”, off MSF’s album “Satellite” being placed on the GRAMMY ballot in 2008.

Thomas composed the music for rock opera "THE DAMNED", which ran for six weeks in Nov/Dec, 2001, to sold out houses (Kraine Theater, NYC), directed and co-written by five-time Emmy winner William Electric Black) and performed live with the cast. More soundtrack credits include commissions by Saucon Films to create ambient pieces and segue-ways for their feature "Black Wine", and in 2003 Thomas made his debut film, a documentary/musical travelogue called “Thomas Simon: Walkabout” (USA/Nepal/India/Brazil) which was streamed on Current TV in 2005.

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Director Statement

"Hungry" is a story about empowerment, about taking action, and about the urgent need to feed hungry children. There are millions of children around the world who suffer food insecurity every day. Yet the resources are out there - no child should be going hungry. With the short film "Hungry" we're hoping to help spark the global conversation about finally making that a reality.

Thomas had brought me (Jillie) a couple of news articles on teachers who'd paid out of their pockets in order to get some children in their classes lunch balances up, because the kids were going through their day hungry, and I thought that would be an important thing to shine a light on and create a story about.
-Eric Roberts' representatives reached out to us because of Eric's interest in the topic, and after reading and loving the script, he came on-board to play Congressman Thicke.