Blvd of Broken Dreams

When a starry eyed girl realises her promised stage time is a cover up to sell her body, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

  • Ina Rose Farestad
    Stand by Her
  • Marissa Loren
  • Ina Rose Farestad
    Stand By Her
  • Jon Jung
  • Marissa Loren
    Key Cast
    "Tiny Marlena"
  • Omar Adem
    Key Cast
  • Jonathan Peacy
    Key Cast
    "Nasty Ned"
    I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Neo Noir, Drama
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 10, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 25, 2019
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
  • L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 25, 2019
    Winner - Best Actor - Jonathan Peacy
Director Biography - Ina Rose Farestad

Ina Rose Farestad is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Born to a Norwegian father and Filipino mother, Ina grew up in Sweden from the age of four. She speaks Swedish, Norwegian and English. In 2017, Ina directed the comedy-musical Stand By Her, which was selected in a few film festivals including the CANNES Short Film Corner. In 2018, Ina graduated from the UCLA Extension Director’s Certificate Program. Blvd of Broken Dreams is her thesis film for which she received a PANAVISION package as well as the Laurel Hummel Scholarship.

Her dream as a director/producer is to tell the story of her parents - two penpals from the Philippines and Norway who beat all the odds and fell in love through their letters in 1985. Currently Ina is building on her body of work as producer and actress. Ina is in development of the feature film Lucky Boy together with her husband Peter Mackie - a story loosely based on when they first started dating involving Polish mafia.

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Director Statement

The first time I read the Blvd of Broken Dreams screenplay, I immediately felt connected to the protagonist; a starry-eyed girl who quickly discovers the Hollywood dream's predatory backside. When I first came to LA, I would often use public transport. Sometimes, "producers" approached me. Showered me with complements, handing me shiny business cards, lighting my hope.
It was too good to be true of course. The cards always read Adult Film Industry.

With this story, it is my intention to unsettle the audience, make them feel a bit confused, uncomfortable and sickened, just like those guys made me feel. I went for a no-warning feeling throughout the movie, just like those vulture producers when they suddenly appeared in my way. I think many starving artists can relate to this story as their worst nightmare.

On a lighter note, I feel very fortunate to have collaborated with my friend and DP of this movie: Jon Jung. I wanted to create a visually stunning, stylish and theatrical atmosphere whose beauty contrasted with the dark world writer Marissa Loren portrayed. I am so grateful to have produced and directed this important story and to have had a wonderful team who supported it.