Experiencing Interruptions?

Human Resources

A human resources professional must teach a timid new hire how to perform empathy. As she instructs him through a series of social behaviors, they form an unlikely connection.

This film asks the question: can genuine connection happen within artificial circumstances?

Human Resources was created as part of a filmmaking workshop program designed and produced by Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) and Lost Forty Studios. It was designed to give newer filmmakers hands-on production experience and was led by a seasoned, Minnesota-based production team. This program is a presentation of UMFO in partnership with Minnesota North, the IRRRB, and Advance MN.

  • Jay Ness
    Dark Cloud
  • Peter Groynom
    Boardroom, The Misanthrope
  • Jason P. Schumacher
    Sad Clown, This is Home
  • Karl Gajdusek
    Stranger Things, Oblivion
  • Nickolaus Swedlund
    Sanctified, Bough Brothers
  • Lily Rains
    Key Cast
    Super Pumped, Animal Kingdom, One Day At A Time
  • Casey E. Lewis
    Key Cast
    Masters of Sex, Colony
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa 4K
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Director Biography - Jay Ness

Jay Ness (director/producer) is a director and editor based in Minneapolis, MN. His films have screened in the United States, Europe, and Canada. He’s directed short films, commercials, music videos & content for major record labels such as Universal Music Group’s Republic & Capitol Records. His feature film debut, Dark Cloud, was released theatrically in 2022.

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