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Using only a cell phone, a young bride-to-be must find a way to save her fiancé from drowning in a cargo hold of a capsized cruise ship.

  • Geno Marx
  • Geno Marx
  • Geno Marx
    Man in a Box
  • Christine S. Freer
  • Steve Lovell
  • Lata Lovell
  • Dave Kikoen
  • Rita Kikoen
  • Matt Fore
  • Hayley McLaughlin
    Key Cast
    The Librarians
  • Michael Galante
    Key Cast
    Relationship Status
  • Warren Bub
    Key Cast
  • Cathy Yonek
    Key Cast
    Model Citizen
  • A. Michelle Harleston
    Supporting Cast
    The Good Book
  • Bernardo Cubria
    Supporting Cast
  • Nelson Estevez
    Supporting Cast
  • Marissa Meizel
    Supporting Cast
  • Geno Marx
    Man in a Box
  • John Capo
    Sound Design
  • John Capo
    Music Composer
  • Paul Wustrack
    Sound Mixer
    History of the World in 2 Hours
  • Marcus Yasui
    Sound Mixer
    History of the World in 2 Hours
  • Thomas Tamura
    Visual Effects
    The Toy Soldiers
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Suspense, Thriller, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 13, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The World Independent Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    September 26, 2015
    Winner Best Narrative Short
  • Action on Film
    Monrovia, CA
    September 22, 2015
  • World Music & Independent Film Festival
    Washington DC
    August 22, 2015
    (Nominated) Best Actress, Best Director, Best Sound
  • San Fran Frozen Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    July 17, 2015
  • Barcelona International Film Festival
    Barcelona, Spain
    June 17, 2015
    Official Finalist
  • Trenton Film Festival
    Trenton, NJ
    June 14, 2015
  • Rainier Film Festival
    Ashford, WA
    May 15, 2015
  • Reel Bronx Int'l Film Festival
    Bronx, NY
    May 15, 2015
  • Honolulu Film Awards
    Honolulu, HI
    May 5, 2015
    (Winner) Best Thriller Film Award
  • Eureka Springs Independent Film Festival
    Eureka Springs
    April 24, 2015
    (Nominated) Best Drama
  • Hang on to Your Shorts
    Asbury Park, NJ
    April 18, 2015
    (Nominated) Best Actress
  • BareBones International Film & Music Festival
    April 10, 2015
    (Nominated) Best Actress, (Nominated) Best Romance Thriller
  • Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival
    April 10, 2015
  • Taos Shortz Film Festival
    New Mexico
    March 20, 2015
  • Los Angeles Short Film Festival
    North Hollywood, CA
    March 14, 2015
    (Winner) Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design
  • Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest
    Jersey City, NJ
    March 8, 2015
    (Nominated) Best Actress
  • Angkor Wat Int'l Film Festival
    February 27, 2015
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    February 8, 2015
    (Winner) Best Sound Design, (Nominated) Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress
  • International Film & Photography Festival
    November 27, 2014
    (Winner) Best Film, Diamond Award
Director Biography - Geno Marx

Geno Marx has been a freelance film and video editor for several years and has worked in a variety of industries including commercial, industrial, music and film. He has worked with a diverse group of clients including Bon Secours Medical System, Edison Int’l, Hard Rock Hotel, IWI, Academi, and DynaCore Films.

Working as Editor and Producer on the independent feature film MAN IN A BOX (Winner Best Film at the Poconos Mountain Film Festival) he formed a collaborative relationship with several actors who would later star in CAPSIZED.

Scripting for CAPSIZED began several years before the real tragic events of the MV Sewol and was originally inspired by the capsizing of the MS Costa Concordia in 2012.

Written, Directed, Edited and Produced by Geno, CAPSIZED has been officially selected by festivals in Asia and the US, including Taos Shortz, Bare Bones Int’l and Rainier Film Festival. CAPSIZED has currently earned a total of 16 nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design. The film has won 8 awards including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design.

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Director Statement

The idea for “Capsized” began back in 2012 while watching news coverage of the capsized Costa Concordia. I remember thinking how terrible and tragic the event was and began formulating a unique approach to the story.

I presented the script to close colleagues and all of them fell in love with the characters, approach and story. This encouraged me to move forward with the project. Many were eager to participate and production plans began rapidly taking shape.

Shortly after starting pre-production, a cast member called me and frantically told me to turn on the news. As I watched the news coverage of the MV Sewol in Korea capsizing, I was shocked to discover eerie similarities to my script. The accounts of conversations with victims and their family via cell phones were poignant and captivating. This was confirmation that the approach and the direction the film “Capsized” was taking would fascinate any film audience.

While casting the role of “Stephanie,” I asked our lead actress, Hayley McLaughlin, what attracted her most to the role. She explained, “The tragic story of these characters could happen to anyone —‘Capsized’ will resonate with people around the world.”