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ShirtTugger

After another nocturnal binge, Max spends the following day dodging “food noise” whilst keeping his dark secret from his boyfriend.

  • Noah Himmelstein
    Director
  • Noah Zachary
    Writer
    Pullout
  • Noah Zachary
    Producer
  • Hannah Michelle Williams
    Producer
  • Gregory Jacobs Roseman
    Producer
  • Noah Zachary
    Key Cast
    "Max"
    End of The World, Pullout
  • Matt Gibson
    Key Cast
    "Bill"
    Dogmate, Second String Guests
  • Tyrone Davis Jr.
    Key Cast
    "Kenny"
    Little America
  • Katie Lee Hill
    Key Cast
    "Girl with Croissant"
    Servent, High Maitenence
  • Travis Artz
    Key Cast
    "Guy with Croissant"
    Transformers:Cyberverse, Becoming Jiff
  • Chelsea Zeno
    Key Cast
    "Girl with Drink"
    Threebound
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Health, Addiction, LGTBQ, Eating Disorder, New York City, Food, Silent Film, B.E.D.
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The Hollywood First-Time Filmmaker Showcase
    Hollywood, California
    United States
    September 23, 2022
    Official Selection
  • North Beach American Film Festival
    North Beach, Maryland
    United States
    September 16, 2022
    North American Premier
    Official Selection
  • Oniros Film Awards® - New York
    New York, New York
    United States
    September 6, 2022
    Award Winner Best LGTBQ Film
  • Silicon Valley Queer Film Festival

    August 22, 2022
    Online Premier
    Finalist Best Short Film
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, Rhode Island
    United States
    August 8, 2022
    Semi Finalist
  • New York Short Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 6, 2022
    New York Premier
  • Video Art and Experimental Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 19, 2022
Director Biography - Noah Himmelstein

Noah Himmelstein, is an established theatre director turned first time filmmaker. His work has been seen on stages in New York, regionally around the US and in Europe. He often works as a teaching artist and mentor to students exploring the arts. Noah's film directing debut was inspired by personal experiences and concerns with his partner. These buried ghosts, like so many of ours, resurfaced during the lockdown of this past year and have given inspiration to their film making its world premiere in 2022. He lives in New York with his partner Noah Zachary and two dogs, Paisley and Willa. noahhimmelstein.com

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Director Statement

I collaborated on my first film with my partner, Noah Zachary. In it, we explore 24 hours in the life of a queer man as he navigates the food triggers around Binge Eating Disorder within in his relationship, New York City and his own psyche. To create an inner space that enlivens for us the world 'as he is,' we chose for this to be a silent piece with a score I commissioned by composer Pornchanok Kanchanabanca that gives us a romantic experience of a potentially dark subject. The experience of time in the film is of one trapped on a hamster wheel of his own making. How people create time is of primary interest to me in my theatre work and it was exhilarating to articulate these questions on film. This couple is loosely based on us and our experiences navigating this issue together with difficulty, patience and love. Creating this film together was a deeply personal and revelatory experience not only in collaborating in a creative capacity but in beginning to name this disorder and work through it together. - Noah Himmelstein