Experiencing Interruptions?


The loss of a young man's childhood friend causes him to use unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with his suffering, but he realizes that he must come to terms with his loss and move forward.

  • Xander Alvarado
  • Xander Alvarado
  • Connor Wise
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Sasso
    Key Cast
  • Keira Myles
    Key Cast
  • Lucas Filippone
  • Clinton Valencia
    Director of Photography
  • Xander Alvarado
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Loyola High School
Director Biography - Xander Alvarado

Xander Alvarado is currently a Senior in high school at Loyola High School of Los Angeles.

He has experience in film through all stages of production. He has been apart of 6 short films as a Writer, Director, D.P., Editor, Colorist, First A.D., and PA. He is the co-founder of Runaway Studios, a student filmmaking company that has gotten 35+ students involved with all aspects of film production. Runaway Studios' goal is to tell stories that inspire human connection, as well as keeping all aspects of productions student owned and operated.

Like most, his passion for film began with a childhood growing up watching films. He became interested in filmmaking because of my interest in various art forms–he loves reading, he loves photography, and he loves music. Film's combination of the three has made him fall in love with the medium.

Currently, he is seeking to pursue an undergraduate degree in Film and TV Production at the collegiate level.

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Director Statement

I was inspired to create "Efflictim" by the rising drug crisis around the world. I believe that oftentimes drug use is stigmatized in the world, and we treat others poorly because we do not fully understand the suffering in people's lives that might be causing addicts to act the way that they do.

I wrote "Efflictim" to show that the more we can accept others and help solve the root of their issues, the more we will grow as people. Also, I wanted to show that addiction is not an impossible battle, and it is one that is dangerous to fight alone.