Experiencing Interruptions?


Arthur is a recovering alcoholic living with his closest friend, and dog, Molly. At the vet for a routine checkup the doctor informs him that Molly is facing serious health concerns and needs an expensive surgery to survive. Paralyzed by indecision, he turns to anyone who will talk with him to tell him what to do. As Molly starts to suffer, Arthur falls back into alcohol to avoid the pressure to take decisive action.

  • Zane Swift
    Facing Homeland, Cooking the Quotes, Penelope and Leo
  • Zane Swift
    Facing Homeland, Cooking the Quotes, Penelope and Leo
  • Zane Swift
    Facing Homeland, Cooking the Quotes, Penelope and Leo
  • Christian Acosta
    Key Cast
  • Monica Callan
    Key Cast
    The Spitfire Grill, Diamond Run, Sundays with Dad
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Champlain College
Director Biography - Zane Swift

Zane is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and editor, with his projects having been shown and read at many film festivals across the United States, including Nashville Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, WorldFest Houston, and won top prizes at the New England Division for Student Emmys. Beyond the festival circuit, Zane has interned for the indie production company Vanishing Angle (Thunder Road, Beta Test, Beast Beast) and the Vermont digital marketing company Class Four (ads for RedBull, Caddilac, Tork). Always working to improve his storytelling capabilities, Zane has been accepted into the Graduate Film and Television program at the University of Southern California and will begin his studies there in the fall.

Whether it is about a news reporter forging a story to keep his job, a Vermont politician hiding her Jewish roots for public image, or a recovering alcoholic learning the responsibilities of rescuing an animal, Zane tells stories that are challenging and socially relevant, while also remaining engaging and entertaining for a wide audience. Having lived in California, Chicago, and Vermont, Zane has a lot of experience with making lasting connections with new people, family, and friends. These human connections are at the center of every story he tells.

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Director Statement

I have made a film with every pet I’ve rescued and I was excited to continue the tradition with my dog, Molly. My family adopted her from a farmer who kept her tied to his wheelchair day in and day out. He was abusive, and when he was ready to move homes his only plan for her was to be put down. We saw how scared Molly was of the world, cowering and barking at anyone who came close, and knew that if we didn’t adopt her, no one would. When we first took her in she couldn’t go up or down stairs, she never turned her back to us, and was deathly afraid of kitchens. Five years later, she has now starred in a film where she was patient, excited to be around a film crew, and listened to different commands for the purposes of acting in the film. It is a great honor that I was able to capture her personal transformation as a part of this film.

Last year I lost my adopted ferret, Jace. Although I have rescued many pets, I got Jace when I moved to Vermont and was struggling to make friends in highschool. The events leading up to losing him were a horrible whirlwind. When the vet convinced me to take him out of his pain by putting him down, it felt like a betrayal and a failure on my end. I found myself turning to other people in my life to tell me what I had chosen was okay, but no matter how many people I asked I didn’t find closure. I realized I had never seen this portrayed well in film, even though it is a situation so many people struggle through. Everywhere we went to film, when people heard what the story was, they all wanted to tell me about the pets that had meant the world to them that they had lost. I can't wait to watch the film with an in person audience and share the experience and the healing.