Experiencing Interruptions?


Shirley will do anything to get invited to her younger, cooler boss Gwen's favorite workout denomination: Couples’ Spinning. The only problem is that singles definitely are not allowed (it’s a pretty strict policy). The plan Shirley devises could finally get Gwen to notice her, or it could ruin their professional relationship, destroy Shirley’s career, and maybe even get her arrested. Either way, it’s worth a shot.

  • Daniel Goldberg
  • Daniel Goldberg
  • Catherine Weingarten
  • Jackie Zimmerman
  • Ben Mankoff
  • Stacie Capone
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  • Perri Lauren
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  • Colin Hinckley
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  • Victoria Guthrie
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  • Dominik Eisenschmidt
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    14 minutes 35 seconds
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    8,807 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - Daniel Goldberg

Daniel was born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he continues to work. He’s a practicing meditator and proud veteran of many spiritual and self-help communities, having visited Insight Meditation Society, Ganas, Maharishi University, and Omega Institute. He decided to direct his first short film, The Master Cleanse, after writing several screenplays and realizing that if he wanted to make brilliantly weird films, he didn't stand a chance in Hollywood/hell. The film received 18 official selections and awards from festivals around the country, including awards in the directing category from The Indie Fest and Best Shorts Competition. His latest project, Stationary, explores the dark underside of a fitness phenomenon that has yet to be invented. Storytelling is his passion, and without it he’d have no reason not to go join a cult.

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Director Statement

Stationary sprung from a single character: Shirley Havermore.

She's 35 and working in a social media/online marketing industry that's run by 20-somethings. She spends her days hawking DigestaYog—a line of probiotic yogurt designed for babies and toddlers—even though she's been single for nearly a decade and doesn't have the means or intention of starting a family.

She's toiled for years at DigestaYog without being promoted. She's stuck. She's static. And like most people who are so abjectly stationary, she's fixated on that one thing just out of reach. In Shirley's case, it's her younger boss Gwen.

Things come to a head during a climactic whirlwind of stationary cycling. But it's not exactly clear whether Shirley has moved forward in her life, or actually regressed to a darker, more dubious part of her past that she's long kept hidden. We're also left questioning whether friendship between coworkers is appropriate or even possible.

But, hopefully, we're left laughing, because even the most uncomfortable moments in Shirley's life are depicted with their absurdity left intact.