F33

Felix, a social media influencer who is well known for her charismatic energy and confidence, recently attended an event honoring her as one of the top ten global influencers. Behind the closed doors of her apartment, F33 reveals a terrifying world and a grim reality. Will Felix make it through the night?

  • Brian Rubiano
    Director
  • Brian Rubiano
    Writer
  • Brian Rubiano
    Producer
    Amy's Victory Dance, Poetic Truth, FollowLeadLOVE, Spirit Box
  • Elizabeth Stewart
    Key Cast
    "Felix Bruno"
  • Brian Rubiano
    Key Cast
    "Glitching Shadow"
  • Brian Thomas
    Director of Photography
    Amy's Victory Dance, FollowLeadLOVE, Dark Matter, Poetic Truth
  • Brian Rubiano
    Editor
  • Brian Thomas
    Consulting Editor
  • Elizabeth Downer
    Adviser/Consultant
  • Renzo Esposito
    Assistant Director
    Spirit Box
  • Renzo Esposito
    Assistant Camera
  • Adama Lowe
    Set Production Manager
  • Adama Lowe
    BTS Photographer
  • Humanize It by Brian Rubiano
    Production Company
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Psychological Thriller
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Brian Rubiano

Originally from the Philippines, Brian Rubiano holds a Certificate in Rhetoric from Harvard University's Online Learning Program. He is also a US Air Force Veteran with extensive healthcare experience. "F33" is his directorial debut, along with writing, producing, and editing it. Brian is a Producer for the feature documentary "FollowLeadLOVE" and the scripted series "Spirit Box". In addition, he co-produced the documentary "Poetic Truth". Among Rubiano's post-production credits are Amy's Victory Dance (feature documentary) and Dark Matter (narrative short film). Additionally, he is the creator, producer, director, editor, and host of "Behind The Scenes", a monthly television talk show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Lifestyle Channel.

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Director Statement

Having a shoestring budget of about $1000 and 8 hours to film in one day, it is my pleasure to present "F33", a short film based on my own experiences. It provides a glimpse into the world's most common and debilitating disorder, and arguably the most undertreated due to persistent myths, stigma, and questions surrounding it. Depression. The visual imagery of a psychological thriller allowed me to have artistic license to metaphorically convey the message of this project. Furthermore, the use of AI VFX by converting certain parts of the film into animation provides a juxtaposition of how someone suffering from depression may wear a happy almost cartoon-like mask on the outside. However, behind closed doors is the reality of feeling worthless and empty.

That said, completing this short film has been a meaningful part of my healing process, and it would not be possible without the help and amazing collaboration amongst its cast and crew to make "F33" a reality.