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Dismissal Time

When a black high school student in a reputable prep school becomes the victim of a vicious form of cyberbullying, his history teacher makes it her mission to bring those responsible to task when the administration fails to act. Inspired by true events.

  • André Joseph
    Director
    Vendetta Games, The Saxophonist, Music at Midnight
  • André Joseph
    Writer
    Vendetta Games, The Saxophonist
  • André Joseph
    Producer
    Vendetta Games, The Saxophonist
  • Lisa Regina
    Producer
    The Sopranos, 79 Parts, River Guard, The Shades
  • Lisa Regina
    Key Cast
    "Vance"
    The Sopranos, 79 Parts, River Guard, The Shades
  • Troy Sill
    Key Cast
    "Thompson"
  • Oliver Feaster
    Key Cast
    "TK"
    Murder Nation, Luv Don't Live Here, Petty Theft
  • Jay Pastelak
    Key Cast
    "Deacon"
    Colors on the Other Side of the Tracks
  • Kat Walsh
    Key Cast
    "Simonson"
    The Shades
  • Sarah Dolhansky
    Key Cast
    "Chantelle"
    New World Order: Dark Prince
  • Kayla J Minore
    Key Cast
    "Candice"
  • Isaiah Faircloth
    Key Cast
    "Larry"
  • Denise Spaulding
    Key Cast
    "TK's Mom"
  • David Goodman
    Key Cast
    "TK's Dad"
    The 6th Sense, Shaft, Mare of Easttown
  • Chris Corulla, Jr.
    Key Cast
    "Platt"
    Vendetta Games, Old Secrets No Lies
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, True Story, High School, Racism, Bullying, Justice, Mental Health, Injustice
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 25, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FX6
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    June 8, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Indie Short Film Series
    Charlottesville, VA
    United States
    July 30, 2022
    Audience Choice Award
    Official Selection
  • Newark International Film Festival
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    September 9, 2022
    Official Selection
  • New York True Venture Film Festival
    Manhattan, NY
    United States
    September 9, 2022
    New York Premiere
    Best Human Rights Film
  • International Social Change Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    September 30, 2022
    Nominated for "Best of Changefest Youth" Award
  • Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes 
    Cannes, French Riviera
    France
    November 30, 2022
    Nominated for "Best Short Film"
  • Carpe Diem
    Barcelona
    Spain
    December 1, 2022
    Best Actress - Lisa Regina
  • New York City IO Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    January 16, 2023
    1st Prize Winner for Narrative Short
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Asbury Park, NJ
    United States
    March 26, 2023
    Best Country Song - "Night Skies"
  • World Music and Independent Film Festival
    Washington, D.C.
    United States
    March 31, 2023
    Nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Song
  • Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
    Asbury Park, NJ
    United States
    May 7, 2023
    Winner for "Best New Jersey Short"
  • Roxbury International Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    United States
    June 24, 2023
    Boston Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Hamilton Arts Festival Shorts Series
    Paterson, NJ
    United States
    June 19, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival
    Washington, D.C.
    United States
    July 23, 2023
    Virtual Screening
  • Chain NYC Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    August 4, 2023
    Official Selection
  • NYLIFF
    Long Island, NY
    United States
    October 18, 2023
    Long Island Premiere
    Nominated for "Best Actress - Short" and "Best Story - Short"
  • Hollywood South Urban Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    October 1, 2023
    Virtual Screening
    Official Selection
  • Political Film Festival

    March 6, 2024
    Best Drama Film
Director Biography - André Joseph

Award winning NYC-based filmmaker and educator André Joseph had a love for movies from an early age. He began his career making short films with family and friends on home video. André attended the New York Film Academy summer program in 2001 where he first gained experience working with 16-millimeter film and later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in 2006 where he received a bachelor’s degree in Film.

In 2008, André formed his own indie film production company, AJ Epyx Productions. Since then, the company produced three professionally made feature film projects as well as four award winning short films. Among the company’s most successful projects include the crime thriller VENDETTA GAMES (Winner for “Best Urban Action Film” at the Cinemax-sponsored 2017 Urban Action Showcase and now streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Tubi) and the dramatic short film THE SAXOPHONIST (Winner for “Best Film” at the 2018 NY Jazz Film Festival and now streaming on The BeBop Channel app). As of 2021, Andre´ is currently in post-production on his next short film, DISMISSAL TIME, an anti-bullying tale loosely based on a high school incident. In addition to film projects, André has also freelanced as a videographer and editor for companies such as Vintage NYC Magazine and NBC Entertainment.

André is also highly active in educating aspiring young filmmakers who seek to produce their own movies someday. He produced three online video courses on film production and screenwriting at the learning website, Skillshare. In 2021, André taught a 6-week summer film and video program to students at IDEA Center for the Arts in Camden, NJ. He has also served as a guest lecturer at various institutions including Wesleyan University, Essex County College, Brooklyn High School for the Arts, and Emerson College.

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Director Statement

‘Dismissal Time’ is a story based on a real-life situation that happened to me when I was one of the few students of color in my freshman class at a Catholic high school in Staten Island, NY.

While attending school I was targeted and bullied. My emotional trauma became unbearable as the school administration downplayed the bullying that I experienced in order to avoid controversy and to protect their prestigious reputation from public scrutiny.

Dismissal Time is a mission driven film with a strong societal message. I believe by sharing my story it will raise awareness on subject matters surrounding bullying and racism.

Sometimes it takes just one good teacher to recognize a student’s struggles, stand up and do the right thing. That teacher for me, was my history teacher. Sharon Vance, the main character in the story is based on a number of my real-life teachers who risked their jobs for me when others wanted me sent away.

I dedicate this story to my teachers and any young student of color who is dealing with bullying as a result of racism. I encourage all bystanders to have a voice and find the courage, as the character of Sharon Vance does in this story, to stand up and speak out.

‘Dismissal Time’ - Director/Producer/Screenwriter, André Joseph