Until Morning

After a couple too cowardly to initiate a breakup sends others to do their dirty work, what was supposed to be the end of a relationship might be the start of one.

  • Casella Mae Worrell
  • Alex Bernard
  • Naomi Lofchie
  • Alessia Rosaria
  • Casella Mae Worrell
  • Judah Simard
    Key Cast
  • Amelia Prochaska
    Key Cast
  • Alex Bernard
    Key Cast
  • Alan Hodge
    Key Cast
  • Kyle Bower
    Director of Photography
  • Alison Yardley
    Production Designer
  • Nicole Morra
    Costume Designer
  • Victor Dos Santos
  • Victor Dos Santos
  • Tim Fetcher
    Music Supervisor
  • Nick Norris
    Sound Mixer
  • Marley Rankin
    1st Assistant Director
  • Jack Cohen
  • Celeste DeBardelaben
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Emma Graig
    Script Supervisor
  • Claire Wiles
    Production Assistant
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  • Genres:
    Romance, Sci-fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Casella Mae Worrell

Casella was born and raised in Saudi Arabia to a Filipino mother and an American father. At the time, movie theaters were illegal and censorship was heavy in the country so films watched became instant treasures–sparking a lifelong love of cinema.
She works in development at a production company to pay her bills and self-fund her projects. UNTIL MORNING is her directorial debut.

She was educated in Birmingham, Alabama but is now based in Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

So much of the excitement of falling in love is the tension of the FALLING. Will they won’t they, what did that look mean, what’s waiting on the other side. The dreaming and the hoping and the building of this shared reality. But what happens with the falling out?

The breakup comes along. And as things crumble around us we end up fantasizing about the what-ifs; reliving the relationship with graduation goggles over our tear swollen eyes. In a world where technology makes it hard to escape an ex, the idea of dumping your partner can become not just daunting, but paralyzing. Choosing to hide behind your phone by sending a curt text is doable, but cold. A breakup phone call could make you chicken out when you hear the crack in their voice. A zoom is too corporate. But what if you could send someone else to do your bidding? Someone to be gentle and honest, who would let them down easy with love in their eyes. What could be the harm?

Ultimately this is an exploration about that feeling of yearning for a path that someone else cut off. The possibility for a future that was planned for and at some point desired, but never lived.
This is a love letter to every “could have been” and every relationship that manages to begin and end with tragic affection.