Private Project

for worse...

A couple's marriage faces increasing pressure as they get ready for a party.

  • Julianna Robinson
    The Party
  • Sean Kohnen
    The Funeral Guest
  • Sean Kohnen
    Wasting Away
  • Julianna Robinson
    Key Cast
  • Sean Kohnen
    Key Cast
    Wasting Away
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS 5
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA Shorts International
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 21, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Julianna Robinson

Julianna Robinson was born in Reno, Nevada to working class parents who divorced when she was very young. Raised by her single mom who worked multiple jobs to make ends meet, Julianna was determined to be the first person in her family to attend college. She was accepted to UCSB and had intended to be a pre-med student but changed majors at the end of her freshman year when she was accepted to the coveted BFA acting program. In her first year at school, a casting director saw her in a play and cast her in an ill-fated Star Trek spinoff that, while very short lived, allowed her to blow her entire salary on studying Shakespeare in London for a semester. Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, acting in many stage productions in LA’s hard scrabble theater scene and playing the lead in several award-winning independent feature films. It was through this film work that she discovered a fascination for the entire filmmaking process. In 2019, she co-wrote (with her husband) and directed her first short film, “The Party”, which premiered at LA’s Screamfest. Falling in love with filmmaking, she quickly went on to direct seven more shorts films all of which have played at festivals all over the world and garnered awards. She's recently been applying to director shadowing programs and hopes to get into one soon. She has a feature script in development with actor friend Abby Eiland.

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Director Statement

To use black and white or not? This was never the question for me. I always saw this story in black and white. My husband/co-writer/co-actor/editor/composer did not think it should be in black and white initially and didn't feel it would be received well with modern festival audiences in black and white. I said, "When a couple fights, like the couple in this film does, it can be so polarizing, so my side vs your side, that black and white is truly the most emblematic and symbolic element we can put them in." Thus, black and white.