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Call Waiting

A man with social anxiety must summon the nerve to make a phone call.

  • Anthony Bradford
    Director
  • Anthony Bradford
    Writer
  • Anthony Bradford
    Producer
  • Anthony Bradford
    Key Cast
    "Andrew"
  • Erin Schaut
    Key Cast
    "Lisa"
  • William Twitty
    Cinematographer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    150 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.40:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Asbury Park, NJ
    United States
    March 28, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Venus Italian International Film Festival

    United States
    June 6, 2020
    Official Selection
  • WorldFest Houston

    Bronze Remi Award Winner
  • Vesuvius International Monthly Film Fest
    Campania
    Italy
    Official Selection
  • Atlanta Shortsfest
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    Atlanta Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Anthony Bradford

Anthony Bradford was born and raised in Staten Island, New York and then moved to Monmouth County, New Jersey, where he attended Colts Neck high where he played football, tennis, and performed in the school plays, and in tennis achieved a Sectional 18 Under USTA Ranking. While spending his first year of college at Haverford College, and on the NCAA Division III Tennis Varsity, he enrolled in acting classes at Bryn Mawr College, the alma mater of Katharine Hepburn. After transferring and graduating from Bucknell University, he continued his acting training in New York city. Along the way, he appeared on television shows "One Life to Live", "Gossip Girl", and "White Collar". He was hand picked by James L. Brooks to appear in the Sony Pictures film, "How Do You Know", starring Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson. Anthony wrote and starred in the cancer awareness and lacrosse film "Transition", which is based on his brother Nicholas, and it had its world premiere at the Garden State Film Festival in 2010. It is now streaming on Amazon. After moving to Los Angeles, Anthony continued to hone his skills under top acting teachers, and continued to develop his own projects, such as "The Traveler", which also is streaming on Amazon. A recent project he created, a TV Pilot "Greenlit", screened at the 2017 Garden State Film Festival. Anthony will be appearing as a series regular in the upcoming one hour dramedy series, "The Neapolitan", based on the book series. Anthony's directorial debut, "Cellular", which he also wrote and stars in, is a sci-fi drama in the vein of "Black Mirror" and is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. His scripted digital dating series, which he created and stars in "Love, Millennial Style", is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. He continues to work hard at his craft and on developing new projects with a message.

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Director Statement

I remember one evening I returned home from work and was hungry. I was feeling self conscious, and did not feel like ordering food over the phone, and this local restaurant did phone orders only. I ended up stalling and just eating peanut butter or something for dinner. I have also experienced times where I have observed friends or others not feeling like chatting and just texting. I wanted to explore this concept further through "Call Waiting" as I think as much as our interconnected and digitized world provides convenience, it is taking away important elements of human interaction, such as actual conversation. It is important we never lose our humanity in our interactions. For those with social anxiety, it can be scary at the thought of personal interaction, but once someone has crossed that threshold of fear, it results in fuller person to person relations and conversations.