"Broken" is a story about a teenage boy who is at odds with his father and ultimately decides to leave home. The emotional turmoil he faces takes a turn for the worse when he goes missing, leaving the police to investigate his whereabouts. The film delves into the complicated relationship between a father and son and the impact it has on both of their lives. With raw and powerful performances, "Broken" showcases the struggles of a young man in search of love and acceptance.

  • Simon Finkel
  • Simon Finkel
  • Simon Finkel
  • Simon Finkel
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Finkel
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Iphone 14 Pro Max
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Highland Park High School
Director Biography - Simon Finkel

Simon Finkel is an accomplished filmmaker and YouTuber, with several achievements to his name. In 2022, his first film was a finalist in the Public Service Announcement Category at the MMEA Fest film festival. His most recent short film, Broken, has received recognition as well, placing in the top 55 as an official selection at the 2023 Harold L. Richards High School Film Festival, and being chosen as an official selection at the Screen Test Student Film Festival.

Simon is also known as Clickster on YouTube, where he has amassed a following of approximately 80,000 subscribers. Academically, he is a sophomore honor-roll student at Highland Park High School in Chicago's North Shore area. He holds the position of Co-Vice President at Highland Park Television, where he contributes to the production of weekly broadcasts.

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