Pushing Buttons

Jackie Hensen is a mom whose intentions are good and outcomes are just mostly ok. Voted Lawrence High School’s Most Scrappy 2003: Jackie has has never been afraid to dish it out. But what happens when she’s dished it all the way out? Self-imposed mom competition throws her into a tailspin till she finally stops to smell the icing and comes up for air. It’s sometimes hard to ask for help. Ok...no...ALWAYS.

  • Summer Rudas
  • Silvana Gargione
  • Silvana Gargione
  • Silvana Gargione
    Key Cast
    My Daughter is 14, Easy For Some
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    4 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 2, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Summer Rudas

Summer Rudas is an Irish/Colombian director/actress/musician wahine from Maui, Hawaii. The eclectic lens of her upbringing allows for great specificity as a storyteller. In Pushing Buttons, you can see her work as a director and hear her work as a musician in the soundtrack song "No Name Smith". She is currently recording an original a capella parody album written from the perspective of the anxiety induced American millennial. She strives to be an "actor's director" and a "director's actor." AKA a team player. "Best idea wins!"

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Director Statement

Writer's Statement:

Pushing Buttons was created out of my urge to improve. Improve the perception of what 'real women' look like and do, improve visibility of female-led productions driven by collaboration, improve the way I perceive myself as a creative and what I 'allowed' myself to show others. I took a first-time filmmaker leap of faith that I could write and produce a film that centered around an extremely simple sliver of modern life. It's an odd dichotomy to want to share your project and also be hesitant to do so, but with my goal of improvement I pushed past the internal questions - is my 'relatable moment' as relatable as I thought? Are we really all pushing that same boulder uphill? - and made it happen. With the help of a badass team of women, I am proud of our film and excited to share it with you.