The Kids From Hunts

1965. Rikers Island. An inmate serving multiple life sentences meets his new prison psychiatrist. Sharp memories of dark, severe childhood abuse and violence are brought to light over the course of four tense meetings together. What is revealed will change both people more than either of them could ever expect.

  • Mishka Trachtenberg Cardenas
  • Mishka Trachtenberg Cardenas
  • Juan Javier Cardenas
  • Mishka Trachtenberg Cardenas
  • Rabiosa Pictures
  • Alyssa Mann
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Sadie Leon"
  • Kevin O'Callaghan
    Key Cast
    "Fionn Breslin"
  • Juan Javier Cardenas
    Director of Photography
  • Justin Tzuanos
  • Rimma Trachtenberg
    Costume Design
  • Ash Sutton
    Audio Mixing
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Mishka Trachtenberg Cardenas

The daughter of two Soviet Jewish emigres, screenwriter Mishka Trachtenberg Cardenas came to writing after a long history in the performative arts. She studied acting both at UC San Diego as well as at the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, where she received her Masters. Following her studies, Mishka spent time in New York before returning to California and settling in Los Angeles where she shifted her energized focus from performance to production. She parlayed her years of script study and analysis into her work as a costume designer in independent film, exploring the essence of storytelling thru design and visual symbolism. All this filtered into her development as a writer and producer of independent works where she takes a wholistic approach to writing. World building details are given as much care and attention as the characters’ development and story. Fascinated by the interior lives of fragile characters pushed to the brink, often with dark surrealistic undertones, Mishka Trachtenberg Cardenas both writes and produces independent work with her husband thru their production company, Rabiosa Pictures.

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Director Statement

At the start of writing 'The Kids From Hunts' I felt compelled to explore a character's journey from early innocence to tortured adulthood. I wanted to explore the many forms of love, and what love can mean between people who truly have nothing but one another.