Experiencing Interruptions?


NYC, The Near Future. Roxë Jones is self-taught virtual reality programmer who grinds out a living as a bartender in stark, water-deprived NYC. She’s neck-deep in a corporate VR research project that she and her mentor, Dr. Elliot Robinson, are both counting on to change their lives for the better. A random encounter in the real world has unexpected consequences for Roxe’s work in VR --- and her life in the here and now.

  • Celia C. Peters
  • Celia C. Peters
  • Nicole Sylvester
  • April Matthis
    Key Cast
    Black Card
  • Erik McKay
    Key Cast
    The Black List
  • Donna Duplantier
    Key Cast
    Dallas Buyers Club
  • Michael Jay Kaplan
    Key Cast
    Show Me a Hero
  • Danny Moser
    Key Cast
  • Graham Powell
    Key Cast
  • Maria Martir
    Key Cast
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    14 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Celia C. Peters

CELIA C. PETERS: filmmaker + artist
Celia C. Peters is a filmmaker creating compelling stories featuring authentic diverse characters. She’s a member of New York Women in Film and Television and WGA; she also sits on the board of the Greater Columbus Film Commission (Film Columbus). Peters produced REPRESENT, a panel on characters of color in sci-fi at the 2017 New York Comic Con; she also curated a program of sci-fi short films by Black directors at Afropunk 2017 in NYC. Peters was awarded a 2017 Residency at the Film & Video Studio of the Wexner Center for the Arts for her experimental sci-fi short film MISSION. In 2017, she completed post-production of her short sci-fi thriller Roxë15. In 2015, Peters’ feature-length script for Roxë15 was selected for CultivEight, a feature film development incubator sponsored by the NEA Art Works Program. In 2012, she was a writer-in-residence at Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Scotland. Her feature screenplays have been prize-winning and recognized in competition otherwise. Her work has screened in New York, Washington, D.C., Detroit and London. Peters’ work has been broadcast on public and cable television. She created the dramatic reading series “The Next 15 MinutesTM,” and has produced staged readings at Tribeca Film Center and the National Black Theater of Harlem. Peters is an honors graduate of University Michigan with a B.A. in French and Political Science, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. As well, she has done graduate studies in clinical psychology at NYU.

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Director Statement

I am a filmmaker and visual artist exploring the horizons of character-driven work that features an organic spectrum of rich stories that reflect the world around us. The foundation of my work lies in the psychology and emotional density of the human experience. I want to create art that challenges people's expectations, provokes thought, elicits emotion
and somehow leaves them more alive.
I primarily work in science fiction because I am deeply drawn to science and technology, and I’m enthralled with the possibilities that both hold. I’m also fascinated with what the strong possibility that intelligent life exists outside of Earth. Beyond that, because I love this genre, I am dedicated to creating stories that embrace the inclusion that is inherent to this country, and indeed to the world. My work reflects the reality of multicultural, multiracial and gender diverse characters. For me, this not only objectively realistic, but it is also natural.
I believe that creativity leads us along a path of evolution and I’m captivated by the way narratives, whether in film or visual art, create emotional experiences. I want to engage the audience with a beguiling combination of imagery, character, story and concept. Recording visual images and sound is mystical for me because the act defies our notion of time itself: moments that no longer exist are forever preserved. Whether narrative, documentary or experimental, my motion picture work tends to emerge through the vehicle of character. Equally so, in creating visual art, I am also on a quest to evoke emotion through a visual narrative. Visual imagery is endlessly fascinating to me, because of its power to convey the commonality of the human experience. My goal as an artist is to grab onto what is universal amongst us and move forward through this human experience until I reach new horizons.