Bullied To The Brink

A horribly bullied young man James (20) working as a waiter in a Thai restaurant, messes up an order and gets fired by his bullying boss. He begs to keep his job of which he is denied. His rage builds as rude customers T-Off on him pushing him to a point of no return.

  • Tom Ardavany
    Director
    Blood Initiate
  • Tom Ardavany
    Writer
    Blood Initiate
  • Suzanne Toro
    Producer
  • Matthew Creighton
    Producer
  • Irene Creighton
    Producer
  • Tom Ardavany
    Producer
    Blood Initiate
  • Mikaela Brittos
    Key Cast
    "Jessica"
  • Bennett Creighton
    Key Cast
    "Bennett"
  • Matthew Creighton
    Key Cast
    "Dufus"
  • Kelly DeGerae
    Key Cast
    "Gym Teacher"
  • Laticia DeRosa
    Key Cast
    "Bartender"
  • Micah DeRosa
    Key Cast
    "Matthew"
  • Daniella Dickson
    Key Cast
    "Shelia"
  • Dominique Ducdoc
    Key Cast
    "Waiter"
  • Bronwyn Leigh Jones
    Key Cast
    "Shannon"
  • Jett Laisure
    Key Cast
    "Little Brother"
  • Rosie McInerney
    Key Cast
    "Allie"
  • Dillinger Herbert
    Key Cast
    "Luke"
  • Micheal Herbert
    Key Cast
    "Chef"
  • Amelie Nail
    Key Cast
    "Amanda"
  • Shellie Nail
    Key Cast
    "Grace"
  • Joseph Portoles
    Key Cast
    "Mark Wright"
  • Steve Portoles
    Key Cast
    "Tony"
  • Steven Portoles
    Key Cast
    "James"
  • Haipha Simond
    Key Cast
    "Terrosit 2"
  • Kainan Simonds
    Key Cast
    "Corey"
  • Erin Stenzel
    Key Cast
    "Katie"
  • Rashawn Vaughn
    Key Cast
    "Terrosit 1"
  • Matthew Vergara
    Key Cast
    "Michael"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 7, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tom Ardavany

Tom Ardavany tackles his vision from the page to production, harnessing the depths of the creative process to carry his story through, bring it to life in his actors, and fulfill a powerful visual story on-screen. A writer and director of film and theater, he’s written 20 feature length screenplays, hundreds of short films and a half a dozen stageplays. He’s directed two feature films, eleven shorts and four plays, one of which he received a Best director award (Miguel Pinero’s Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘Short Eyes’). When not on the set or behind his computer knocking out another draft, he’s leading many of his actors to their ripest dramatic performances as a world-class coach. His clients include Neal McDonough, Josh Holloway, Clayne Crawford and Matt Gerald, each having benefitted from Tom's deep seeded creative reservoir of experience in developing and crafting talent. Having founded the Ardavany Approach to On-Camera Mastery (www.AAActingStudio.com) 25 years ago, he has cultivated a unique acting lab geared toward serving the needs of the 21st century actor and filmmaker.
Tom's 3 decade cumulative experience, being totally immersed in the filmmaking and performance arts makes him a leader in the creative community which inspires and motivates him daily to learn and accomplish more in his field.

Ardavany puts an edge on this dark look into a tough subject. Thanks to the contributions of several film professionals, students and and community volunteers, this show became immediately doable given the vast experience and enthusiasm this team had which included writers, actors, directors, editors, producers, students and aspiring future filmmakers.

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Director Statement

The challenge was to create an experience for the audience in which they could see themselves and their own micro aggressions within the characters. Bullying makes up much of our natural behavior with each other, we may not even notice we are doing it. And then there's flat out harassment which can escalate into a life and death dance of power and violence. This film captures all that.