Experiencing Interruptions?


A young woman puts on a backyard play for her mother, Maria, sick with Alzheimer's, to transport her back into her lost memories for one magical night.

  • Stephanie Turci
    Death By Cliché, Instructions Not Included Webseries
  • Stephanie Turci
    Death By Cliché, Instructions Not Included Webseries
  • Bruce Olbrantz Olbrantz
  • Elizabeth Sandler
  • Lucas A Ferrara
  • NoWa Clark
    Key Cast
    Black Magic for White Boys, Vex
  • Joshua Gutierrez
    Key Cast
    Trip to the Moon, The Sisters Kardos and Kettle Fish (2020)
  • Lenny Grossman
    Key Cast
    Grievances (2019), Evil Lives Here (2016) and Bad Witch (2021)
  • Barbara Turci
    Key Cast
  • Julie Waldman
    Key Cast
    US National Tour of Cats
  • Liza Gipsova
    Revolution Me Film Festival - Winner, Best Cinematography for short film "Woodford County" World Music & Independent Film Festival - Best Cinematography Nomination for featurette "In the Land of Moonstones" Queen Palm Film Festival - Best Cinematography Bronze award for webseries "Tech Bettys"
  • Daisy Long
    Lighting Design
    National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Lighting for The Perfect Monster, IRNE Award for Best Lighting for The Scottsboro Boys
  • Stephanie Turci
  • Zoe Croci
  • Amelia Palmer
    Sound Mixing
    Nike, Spot & Tango, Atlantic Pictures, COPA90, USG, Little Cinema, Cousins, VaynerMedia
  • Ian Hunter
    Sound Mixing
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Student Project:
  • New York International Film Awards 2021
    New York, NY
    United States
  • Venice Shorts Festival 2021
    Venice, CA
    United States
    Finalist for Best Indie Short
  • Dumbo Film Festival 2022
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
  • Best Actor & Director Awards - New York
    New York, NY
    United States
    Winner - Platinum Award for Best Actress in an Inspirational Film
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Asbury Park, NJ
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Stephanie Turci

Stephanie found success in film in 2018 after writing, directing, and starring in her first short film “Death by Clichè”. The film was a finalist at the Cutting Room International Short Film Festival. Her second short film “Memory”, completed filming in July, 2021. Venturing into T.V., Stephanie's first comedy pilot script was a finalist in the 2020 Barnstorm Festival.

In between acting gigs, Stephanie works as a professional photographer, often capturing events for the Dramatists Guild Foundation.

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Director Statement

I focus my writing on characters that I see myself in. Real women, with real-life problems, using their humor and wit to pave their way through life. There is humor in our darkest moments, and there is depth behind every joke.