Experiencing Interruptions?


The lives of three women collide in one night when two of them decide to rob the house the other is house sitting.

  • Christina Raia
    Summit (feature film on Amazon), Kelsey (web series with half a million views)
  • Christina
  • Christina Raia
  • Kristine Gordon
    Key Cast
  • Dani Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Gwen Albers
    Key Cast
  • Peter Westervelt
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    850 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Sony A7S
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2018 Bluestocking Film Series
    South Portland, ME
  • 2018 Queens World Film Festival
    Queens, NY
    New York
  • 2018 Blackbird Film Festival
    Cortland, NY
    Nominated Best Foreboding Film
  • 2018 Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
    Cary, NC
    North Carolina
  • 2018 Women in Horror Film Festival
    Peachtree City, GA
    Nominated Best Thriller
  • 2018 Shocktober Film Festival
    Champaign, IL
  • 2017 Ax Wound Film Festival
    Brattleboro, VT
  • 2018 Shorts of All Sorts (Directed by Women celebration)
    Brooklyn, NY
Director Biography - Christina Raia

Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, and the Director of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark. She was named one of the 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2018 by Independent Magazine. Her first feature film, Summit, won Best Director at the 2015 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (genre division). She co-created, directed, and produced the comedic web series Kelsey, which premiered on blip.tv in September 2013 to rave reviews and consistent press coverage, including as a Critic’s Pick and named one of the 19 Best Comedy Web Series of 2013 by Indiewire.com. It has over a quarter million views online. She is currently on the festival circuit with her second feature film, About a Donkey, and has begun pitching what she hopes to be her third feature, Silent Night, a Quarter Finalist at Slamdance's 2016 Screenwriting Competition. Her other credits as Director, Producer, and Writer include over a dozen narrative short films that have made official selection at film festivals across the country. In addition to Indiewire, her projects and approach as a filmmaker have been covered by various press outlets, such as BuzzFeed and AfterEllen. Her work can be viewed on Amazon Prime, Vimeo, VHX, and Youtube. She also turned her desire to foster collaboration and engagement in the local film community into IndieWorks, a monthly film screening series showcasing and supporting the work of other independent filmmakers in New York; currently in its sixth year.

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker, I like to use genre as a way to address broader social issues. Fundamentally, this short film breaks gender stereotypes in a genre typically reserved for men, while also commenting on the current socio-economic challenges for most young people (particularly women) through the lens of characters who have turned to the extreme just to survive. The original script was a little less subtle in what each character was meant to represent. I decided in the edit to lean into the genre more, cut some of the context, and let the subtext live in visuals in the background as easter eggs for rewatch. I believe that it is a film that has the versatility of allowing people to walk away merely entertained or walk away thinking about the bigger picture that was being subtly explored.

Behind the production:
Over Thanksgiving of 2012, I found myself going to the emergency room despite not having insurance because of unexpected chest pains. The doctor on call dismissed my symptoms, which led to a few costly follow ups. (It turned out to be an ongoing acute asthma attack due to hurricane sandy.) Around this time, I had also gotten my first student loan bill that I couldn't afford to pay. And though I am not a single mother, my mom is, and I often think about how much she struggled with such little societal support. It was a few months later that I took these experiences and the frustration I was feeling to paper and wrote "Enough." I originally intended to make the film in late 2014, after my 1st feature began festival rounds. But I didn't want to make it on no-budget (not paying people felt counter-productive to the themes of the project), and my funds were going towards other projects at the time. So, I pushed the project off and focused on others. However, in Fall of 2016, I was in pre-production for my 2nd feature and feeling bogged down by the prep work - just itching to be back on set - while also looking for an outlet to channel the trepidation and anger I found myself feeling during the election & what felt like a sudden nationwide endorsement of hate & greed. So, I reached out to everyone who had originally expressed interest in the film and asked if they'd be down to do it with no budget but a lot of passion. Thankfully, they were.