Hysterical, a sardonic comic short, follows a young actress and her male costar through an increasingly ridiculous press tour, revealing more about the press and the cast-mates' true relationship than meets the public eye.

  • Elizabeth Whitfield
  • Hannah Whitfield
  • Elizabeth Whitfield
  • Daniela Mejia
  • Becky Tran
  • Sarah Sax
    Key Cast
  • Ryley Schroeder
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9, 2.35:1
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - California State University Long Beach
  • CSULB Full Spectrum Showcase
    Long Beach
    United States
    May 13, 2023
    Long Beach Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Elizabeth Whitfield

Elizabeth Whitfield is a filmmaker who recently directed the sardonic comic short, Hysterical (2023). The script, for which she was awarded grant money from the HFPA, was selected by a board of CSULB Film and Electronic Arts faculty. She is tremendously grateful for the talented female led crew of Hysterical, and looks forward to continuing to uplift the creative voices of women in future projects.

Her directorial debut, Our Boy Butch (2022), was selected to be screened at CSULB’s Full Spectrum Showcase. Both films address themes of identity, fame, and complex interpersonal relationships; topics which Elizabeth feels passionate about exploring through her work.

In addition to directing, she enjoys production coordination, art direction, costuming, and script supervision. These roles have allowed her to utilize her keen attention to detail and eye for aesthetics. Patience, organization, and a willingness to engage with creative challenges are qualities she brings to every set.

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