American Vice

Teacher Kelly Busch never thought it would come to this. It all started with embezzling from her school under the guidance of vice principal Ellen Boone. Over time, their takes got bigger and their Thelma-and-Louise partnership blossomed into a Bonnie-and-Clyde affair.

But when the new principal looks into the school’s messy finances, it forces the their hand. Will Kelly stay in her simple, suburban life with her husband Scott or pursue an exotic life on the lam with Ellen?

Inspired by true events.

  • Emma Gobillot
  • Emma Gobillot
  • Zach Nagin
  • Kylan Tyng
  • Anatola Pabst
  • Diahanna Davidson
    Key Cast
    "Ellen Boone"
  • Talia Saraceno
    Key Cast
    "Kelly Busch"
  • Michael W. Anderson
    Key Cast
    "Scott Busch"
  • Alexander Scyocurka
    Key Cast
    "Phil Steer"
  • Vihan Shah
    Director of Photography
  • Jin Rhim
    Production Designer
  • Trevor Moore
  • Lily Newton
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Emma Gobillot

Emma Gobillot is a writer-director born and raised in Houston, Texas and currently living in New York. She recently graduated summa cum laude from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film & TV Production.

Emma is inspired by stranger-than-fiction, too-good-to-be-true stories and strives to represent the female experience onscreen.
Her interests include (but are not limited to): Almodóvar films, cooking, and binge-watching The Good Place.

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Director Statement

This story inspired by a real scandal that happened in my hometown in Houston, Texas; however, the themes explored are lifted from my own experience there.

As I pursued film and went away to New York to study it, there was always this unspoken expectation that I would return after college, settle down, get married, have 2.6 kids, and the cycle would repeat itself for the next generation.

This expectation gnawed at me throughout my studies at NYU. But as I made this film, that assumption became a theme to be explored: how do we value this pressure to conform? How do we contort ourselves to fit into the mold society presents us with? Most importantly, what do we do when given the chance to escape from this pressure altogether? At its core, this film is a satire on conformity, the cages we choose to put ourselves in, and our fear of breaking free.