Adam believes he and Jess were always meant to be. Unfortunately, Jess doesn't feel the same way and they decide to take a break. Two years later Jess is living with her boyfriend Rob and the ties from the past have been cut. Almost. During a backyard barbecue at her friend Lisa's house, Jess becomes reacquainted with her ex and his new significant other, Becki, with whom she shares an interesting history. Through an afternoon of fun, games, and frustrations Jess tries to sort out her feelings and move on from the past.

  • Brittany Severance
  • Brittany Severance
  • Brittany Severance
  • Eric Nichols
  • Kara Sullivan
    Key Cast
  • Peter Starr
    Key Cast
  • Sean Murphy
    Key Cast
  • Sarah Mock
    Key Cast
  • Alycia Mason
    Key Cast
  • JD Achille
    Key Cast
  • Evan Aurelio
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Garrigan
    Key Cast
  • Kathryn Perreault
    Assistant Director
  • Alycia Mason
    2nd Assistant Director
  • Eric Nichols
    Director of Photography
  • Nick Schohn
    Assistant Camera
  • Ruth Stidham
    Assistant Camera
  • Taylor Hopkins
  • Riley Mann
    Script Supervisor
  • Ahren Thielker
    Sound Mixer
  • Lina Stidham
    Boom Operator
  • Duncan MacDonald
    Key Grip
  • Brittany Severance
  • Ahren Thielker
    Sound Editor
  • James J. Kavinski
    Origin, Brookeville: Capital for a Day
  • Amanda Dixon
    Production Assistant
  • Holly Severance
    Production Assistant
  • Jennifer Pogorzelski
    Production Assistant
  • Anastasia Caras
    Promotional Artwork Design
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 18, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Women's International Film and Arts Festival
    United States
    November 5, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival
    Owensboro, KY
    United States
    August 7, 2016
    Best Editor
Director Biography - Brittany Severance

Brittany Severance is an independent filmmaker and fine art photographer based out of Worcester, Massachusetts. She divides her time and passion for the visual arts between video, film, and photographic mediums.

Brittany possesses a B. A. in English as well as a certification in Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.A. in Media Arts with a concentration in narrative video from Emerson College. Currently she is a faculty member in the Communication Department at Worcester State University and a freelance videographer.

Her creative work has been screened and shown at places such as the Paramount Theater, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Nave Gallery, the Avalonia Film Festival, the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, the Vermont Center of Photography, and the Griffin Photography Museum.

In the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, she likes to make at least a brief appearance in every film she produces.

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Director Statement

The idea for this film came from an analogy created during a free-writing exercise one afternoon in 2013 after becoming concerned with a close friend’s recent behavior. Trying to reignite the connection from a past relationship is like reheating the chewy cold leftovers of a once satisfying meal. The chemistry has changed over time and it will never be the same as it was in its original state.

For Leftovers I wanted to focus on addressing some of the subtle yet intricate feelings that go along with separating from a long term relationship. With Jess and Adam there is more than a physical and romantic connection between them. They try to salvage the friendship that exists at the core of their relationship and that becomes a challenge when they acquire new significant others. It raises the question of whether it’s worth the effort to foster what is left or if they should let go and move forward.

Another aspect of their new relationship is learning to negotiate their changed social status among mutual friends. From this point onward, the film mostly focuses on Jess’s perspective. She finds herself in situations that forces her to confront and acknowledge the inevitable changes that have occurred over the past two years. It’s a balancing act of trying to subdue any unwanted thoughts or feelings that may arise, while everyone enjoys themselves at this summer gathering.

With the production it is important to me that the actors tap into their own thoughts about their character. During rehearsals we spent time getting to know one another by discussing each character intimately and how these complicated interactions would play out on screen. One change in tone or body language in delivery completely redirected the energy and meaning of the scene.