The Artbreak Hotel

THE ARTBREAK HOTEL is a story of life, loss and art in a time of reawakening. It is a little art film about a little art hotel in the heart of New York City, and those who have left their haunting imprints upon its walls. This story is one man's search for closure at the crossroads of art and heartbreak.

  • Gina M Angelone
    Rene & I, It's Better to Jump, Defining Beauty,
  • Gina Angelone
    Rene & I, It's Better to Jump, Defining Beauty, Connections,
  • Gina Angelone
    Inside the Actors Studio, Rene & I, It's Better to Jump, Defining Beauty,
  • Hugo Arizmendi
    Passages of Patagonia
  • Edgar Oliver
    Key Cast
    "Albert Pritchard"
    Gentlemen Broncos, The Jimmy Show, That's Beautiful Frank, Henry May Long, The Moth
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Gina M Angelone


As a veteran filmmaker and writer, Gina's TV credits include founding Producer of 19-time Emmy and Cable Ace winner, “Inside the Actors Studio" (Bravo), and creator of the pilot series “Music Shorts” (Comedy Central). Gina was also Writer-Producer-Director of “Connections: Preserving America’s Landscape Legacy” with Angela Lansbury (PBS). Her documentary “René & I” (NBC), made with a grant from New York Women in Film, won an Emmy, two Audience Awards, a Human Rights Award and continues in worldwide distribution. Her film, “It’s Better to Jump,” won seven top prizes in international film festivals, was theatrically released, and broadcast on Al Jazeera TV.

Gina wrote and directed the series, “Defining Beauty” for Disney/MAKER Studios, directed six 90-minute biographies on master designers, and is currently making her own documentary on artist and urban visionaries, Laurie Olin and Frank Gehry.
In exhibit space, Gina created the permanent centerpiece film for the Hall of Planet Earth at the American Museum of Natural History, interactive videos for Universal Studios/Disney World, and a traveling exhibit film on Indonesia for the Smithsonian Institute. In theater, Gina worked with music legend, Phil Ramone, and was Associate Producer of “Raffi on Broadway” (Gershwin Theatre) made for the Disney Channel and MCA Home Video.

Gina’s work has received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Graham Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation, Lincoln City Fellowship/Speranza Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a published, award-winning author, and on the Board of Directors at the BAU Institute.

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Director Statement

My son, Ariano Treviño Angelone, and I embarked on a journey to make a short, experimental film about an extraordinary place and the people who inhabit it. An old flop-house-turned art refuge, The Carlton Arms Hotel is not only a testament to the power of imagination, but also a rare vestige of the way New York City used to be. Funky as hell. Wildly authentic. And a little bit dangerous.

Artists, nomads, painters and poets continue to converge around its murals and mascots, cats and cups of coffee. We are among those who consider its eccentric walls our home away from home.

Art and heartbreak were two things that framed the past year for us, and The Carlton Arms has always existed at that very crossroad. With each room carrying the unique expression of its creator and the many ghosts of its occupants, the hotel has become a strange repository of story. With that as our starting point, 2 filmmakers and 4 eager participants got together for 3 days during the pandemic and attempted to tell one of those stories.