Experiencing Interruptions?

Deany Bean is Dead

When a 30-something who is hopelessly hung-up on her ex-boyfriend accidentally ends up at his house during his engagement party, she decides to sabotage everything and win him back - a plan that is hampered by the fact that she has the dead body of her abusive boss hidden in her car out front.

  • Mikael Kreuzriegler
    Othello, Hedda Gabler, Gods of Garbage
  • Allison Volk
    Innocent Sleep, Last Ditch Therapy
  • Mikael Kreuzriegler
    Othello, Hedda Gabler, Gods of Garbage
  • Allison Volk
    Innocent Sleep, Last Ditch Therapy
  • Allison Volk
    Key Cast
    The Lone Ranger, Innocent Sleep, Last Ditch Therapy
  • Colin Martin
    Key Cast
    Innocent Sleep, Othello
  • Paul Tigue
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Harris"
    20th Century Women, Candy Jar, Two Broke Girls
  • Wendy Wilkins
    Key Cast
    Neighbors, Bull Fights, You Have a Nice Flight
  • Sarah Siadat
    Key Cast
    Veep, Grimm, The Young and the Restless
  • Melanie Leanne Miller
    Key Cast
    The Myth of the American Sleepover, James Blondes
  • Paulina Bugembe
    Key Cast
    Scandal, The Good Place, Time Traveling Bong
  • Kaitlin Huwe
    Key Cast
    Animal Kingdom, Workaholics, Pretty Baby, The Mindy Project
  • Christopher Glenn Cannon
    Key Cast
    Lost, Consequences
  • Bodie Newcomb
    Key Cast
    LA Confidential, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Revenge
  • Jay Wallace
    Key Cast
    "Jermaine (voice)"
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.78 (16x9 V
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Dances with Films
    Hollywood, California
    United States
    June 16, 2018
    World Premiere
  • Utah Film Awards
    Provo, Utah
    United States
    Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Glenn Cannon
  • Long Beach Independent Film Festival
    Long Beach, CA
    United States
    September 1, 2018
    Best Narrative Feature Nominee
  • Ojai Film Festival
    Ojai, CA
    United States
    November 2, 2018
  • The Valley Film Festival
    North Hollywood, CA
    United States
    November 1, 2018
  • Strasburg Film Festival
    Strasburg, VA
    United States
    November 10, 2018
    East Coast Premiere
    Nomination: Best Comedy
Director Biography - Mikael Kreuzriegler

Mikael’s work has been screened at the Berlinale, the Sundance Film Festival, the Directors Guild of America and many film festivals around the world. He earned his Magister philosophiae degree in German Literature, Philosophy and Theater Studies upon a thesis on Ernst Lubitsch's musical comedies from the University of Vienna. He received an MFA in film production from USC.

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Director Statement

This is a deeply romantic story about an outsider, a young woman still suffering from a bad breakup. What I was most interested in as director was the story’s unique tone, resulting from the combination of a comedic, at times even farcical story-framework, with a darker, more absurdist side.

Deany, the protagonist, is a flawed anti-hero, a character struggling to get grip on her life – and a character that doesn’t conform to the usual “easy likability” aspects of a typical Hollywood film.

Our approach was to apply a realistic, almost documentary-style visual treatment: naturalistic, truthful performances; naturalistic lighting, handheld, simple camera work, minimal lighting to allow for flexibility in the blocking of the actors; the visual style is intended to play on the constant tension between the three emotional cornerstones of the story: Deany’s initial lethargy – the franticness of the farcical central complications – and Deany’s frequent romantic day-dreams. We were inspired by the work of John Cassavetes, Wong Kar Wai’s Days of Being Wild, and PT Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, as well the Duplass brothers’ TV-Series TOGETHERNESS - films by filmmakers who are interested in exploring human interaction, films that put the characters and performances at the center.