Experiencing Interruptions?


During a second Tinder date a socially awkward swain and a beautiful old soul find common ground, after she uses him to build her new bed.

  • Rickey Larke
    Writer & Director
  • Dennis Pearson
    Key Cast
    The Allnighter
  • Danielle Joelle Carter
    Key Cast
    Pink Opaque
  • Christopher Allen
    Key Cast
    "Player Mike"
    Jane the Virgin, Shameless, New Girl
  • Janae D. Green
    Key Cast
    "Single Mother (YouTube)"
  • Joselyn Fernandez
    Key Cast
    "Gym Girl"
  • Rosalyn Douglass
  • Lo Howard
  • Preston Purchase
    Executive Producer
    Beyond the Passage
  • Rickey Larke
    Executive Producer
  • Tyler Robinson
    Associate Producer
  • LyAndre Pierre
    Associate Producer
    The 6th Degree
  • Justin Devin Lee
    Director of Photography
    Crescendo, The Sidelines, 12/24
  • Thien Nguyen
    Black-ish, Grown-ish, Mixed-ish
  • Alanah Jones
    Chicago P.D. & Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Victoria Murphy
    Casting Director
  • Jordan Mena
    Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron
  • Joe Bourekas
    Assistant Cinematographer
    What's in My Pocket?, Before the Thunder
  • Christopher Hill
    VFX Graphic Artist
  • Salvador Cachu
    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
  • Julian Park
    BTS/Still Photography
    Invincible Boy
  • Mike Snyder
    Speed Date, Rorrim, Bachelor Lions
  • Lucas Celedon
  • Jared Fellows
    Sound Engineer
    Manifesting Destiny, Outta Pocket, Intruder
  • Bill Prokopow
    Score Composer
    The Wedding
  • Sahil Jindal
    Music Editor
    DMZ, Raising Dion, Star Trek: Short Treks
  • Hannah Dwyer
    Hair & Makeup
  • Caitlin Flieger
    Production Assistant
  • David Galindo
    Production Assistant
  • Joselyn Fernandez
    Production Assistant
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    Comedy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography

Originally from Chicago, Rickey Larke found his passion for creativity as a child while on summer trips visiting his mother's family in Panama. By high school Rickey was directing music videos on Chicago's South Side. As an undergrad at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) Rickey competed in varsity football & varsity track while balancing a double major in African-American Literature and Political Theory. As a senior his film SURVIVIES (a 45-minute documentary tracking the days leading up to Ivies, Bowdoin’s annual April bash) was inducted into the Bowdoin College Historical Archive.

Upon graduation in 2015 he joined HBO as an Executive Assistant in Programming where he supported Creative Executives until early 2019 on shows such as VEEP, BARRY, SILICON VALLEY, INSECURE, LOS ESPOOKYS, A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW and GAME OF THRONES. In addition to his work at HBO, Rickey assisted Mark Romanek on JAY-Z's music video THE STORY OF OJ and in association with Psycho Films produced the short film LA PETITE MORT, a 2019 Official Selection of Beverly Hills Film Festival and HollyShorts Film Festival.

Most recently, Rickey Larke joined the writer room of KENAN (Season Two) as a Story Editor and he's now a Co-Producer on GROWN-ISH (Season Six).

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Director Statement

This film is intended to be a lighthearted ode to black love and my personal discovery that a relationship built on a shaky foundation cannot last. Last Fall, I struggled to complete this project as I was losing confidence in the story because I was still hurt by the inciting events that motivated me to write and direct this short. I decided to take a break and attended a picnic thrown by a group of black women, with a few black men in attendance.

We enjoyed each other’s company all afternoon when the inevitable topic of dating in Los Angeles arose, specifically the theme of Black Love. Many questions and concerns came from shared personal experiences and upon further interrogation we found a lot of failed relationships, most of which were preceded by a significant lack of communication. We also discovered a divide in how the expression of love is perceived by the different genders and how today’s black male understanding of what love looks like is overshadowed or sometimes ignored. Yet, we all agreed black bodies have been sexualized to a point of obsession in art and cinema, while the study of black love has proven to be far more elusive.

After the picnic, I realized my artistic voice is absent from the discussion of black love and I needed to find a subversive way to join the conversation. I now believe, like filmmakers before me, my work is relevant to the conversation and interrogation of the phenomenon known as “the meaning of love.” Thus, I am the right person to tell this story and there’s no better time than now because relatable stories, like my short film, are happening every day and young, black lovers want to talk about what it means to us.