Impact

A high school junior, Sam, takes risks to get out of her element at her first major party while her friend, Rachel enjoys being right where she thinks she belongs. Abandoning the comfort she finds in familiarity, Sam is seduced into the blissful ignorance of intoxication. Paralleled with a dark and gritty reality of what so often happens, it takes a horrific tragedy to pull Sam from her alcoholic haze and make her see the impact of their choices.

  • Jenica J Felix
    Director
  • Jenica Felix
    Writer
    What's the Worst that Could Happen?
  • Jenica Felix
    Producer
    Athena Project Promo
  • Elise Dapper
    Key Cast
    "Sam"
  • Vai Patri
    Key Cast
    "Rachel"
  • Charlie O'Dwyer
    Key Cast
    "Josh"
  • Project Type:
    Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 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:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Jenica J Felix

A film student at the University of Colorado in Denver, Jenica Felix realized she wanted to make films at a young age. Always a storyteller, she found the power and importance in capturing universal feelings in unique stories, with films providing the perfect narrative opportunity to showcase these emotional events. Film school has offered the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals to create both personal projects and community-based documentaries and public service announcements for organizations like Athena Project and Vision Zero. Now in her third year, she has taken the opportunity to expand upon her usual writing and producing credits and also step into the director's role to hone her craft in all positions before stepping into the real world.

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Director Statement

"Impact" dives into the realm of party culture not often talked about on the cinematic stage. The dichotomy explored in this film is one that I'm all too familiar with; things can be going so well until something shakes you out of your delirium and back into the real world. I wanted to give the cast and crew a chance to form this narrative with me, asking for input from people's personal experiences and relying heavily on facts to create this fictional piece. Drawing from personal experience, I wanted to focus on creating an atmosphere that displays the elation, confusion, and trauma that can cause such turmoil in people's lives. This film had to focus on the women, because while this is not a story unique to them, in the wake of the #metoo movement it is important to highlight the microaggressions and attacks that don't get massive media attention, the ones that happen to girls all over the world. As my first directing credit, I hope to begin my career with a film that speaks to every audience member in some way, with characters reflected in everyday life and a scenario that can hopefully be stopped before it takes its next victim.