Letter of Truth

This ten minute drama takes place during the winter holiday season and explores the strength of a sisterly bond in the aftermath of a tragic event. Nina borrows her husband Jim’s car for the day to go shopping with her sister Claire and discovers a terrible secret that could destroy her marriage. Determined to not let the discovery ruin her day Nina shops with her sister Claire at their favorite toy store for gifts. Her feelings and frustrations reveal themselves throughout the day as Claire coaxes Nina to open up about the incident.

  • Brittany Severance
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  • Brittany Severance
    Leftovers, Off for the Weekend
  • Brittany Severance
    Leftovers, Off for the Weekend
  • Ashley Harmon
    Key Cast
  • Rene Bergeron
    Key Cast
  • Javier Smith
    Key Cast
  • Michelle Falcon
    Assistant Director
  • Amanda McGrady
    Director of Photography
  • Evan Aurelio
    Assistant Camera
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  • Herman E. Servatius
    Assistant Camera
  • Brittany Severance
    Leftovers, Off for the Weekend
  • Eric Nichols
    Sound Mixer
    Off for the Weekend
  • Alex MacDougall
    Boom Operator
    Off for the Weekend
  • Molly Andes
    Script Supervisor
  • Riley Mann
    Set Design
  • Josue Ramirez
    Production Assistants
  • James Warner
    Production Assistants
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 29, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Emerson College
  • Oasis Short Film Screening Series

    United States
    October 1, 2019
    Honorable Mention
  • Chelmsford Short Film Festvail
    United States
    August 30, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Middlesex Film Festival

    United States
    October 24, 2020
  • Valkyrie International Film Festival
    United States
    March 25, 2023
    New York Premiere
  • Online New England Film Festival

    United States
    September 8, 2020
Director Biography - Brittany Severance

Brittany Severance is an independent filmmaker and fine art photographer based out of Massachusetts. She possesses an undergraduate degree in English and certification in Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a graduate degree in Media Arts from Emerson College. In the fall of 2018 she began her graduate studies in the Master of Fine Arts in Film & Media Art program at Emerson College in Boston.

Her creative work has been screened and shown at places such as the Women's International Film and Arts Festival, Film & Her: A Female Filmmaker's Showcase, the Shauna Shea Film Festival, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Vermont Center for Photography, the Cambridge Art Association, and ArtsWorcester among others.

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Director Statement

Letter of Truth is based on true stories that were relayed to the director within the past few years. Alarmed by frequency of these stories of betrayal, infidelity, and heartbreak I wanted to make a short film that addresses this situation. Rather than focusing on the direct conflict with the romantic partner, this film places emphasis upon how complicated feelings around these issues can be, especially when it involves more than the immediate person affected.

Nina comes across a shocking situation and she must reflect on how to navigate through these circumstances. She also must consider how her choices can impact others, such as her son and future child. It would be easy to show the couple having a big argument, throw in the towel, and walk away, and yet it's so much more than that one event.