Frenemy

Ariana was once a vibrant, happy girl... now withdrawn and alone. A victim of social bullying by those who were once her friends. She struggles for the courage to stand up for herself, pick up the pieces and find happiness.

  • Skylar Burke
    Director
    Noah
  • Skylar Burke
    Writer
    Noah
  • Jonathon Millman
    Producer
  • Tricia Burke
    Producer
  • Sabrina Velandry
    Producer
  • Skylar Burke
    Key Cast
    Noah, Saturday Night Live, Drawing Inspiration
  • Riain Keefe
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Sullivan
    Key Cast
  • Hannah Perreault
    Key Cast
  • Naysa DaSilva
    Key Cast
  • Sarah Munroe
    Key Cast
  • Constance Witman
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Pollock
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 14, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red Epic Dragon 4.5k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New Hampshire Film Festival
    Portsmouth, NH
    October 15, 2015
    US Premiere
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami, FL
    United States
    February 1, 2016
  • Dances With Films / Dances With Kidz
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    June 11, 2016
    West Coast Premiere
  • Intendence Film Festival
    Denver, CO
    United States
    June 25, 2016
    Audience Choice Award Youth Filmmakers, Director's Heart Award
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 16, 2016
    Audience Choice Award
  • Boston International Kids Film Festival
    Somerville, MA
    United States
    November 6, 2016
Director Biography - Skylar Burke

Skylar is a 13 year old actor/singer/dancer/writer and now Director. At just 9 years old, she began acting, and signed with a top manager and agency New York City. Four months after signing, she was cast as Young Ila in the Paramount feature film "Noah", directed by Darren Aronofsky. Skylar spent the summer filming in Iceland and New York with amazing actors like Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. Skylar has also worked on commercials and was a featured sketch player on Saturday Night Live alongside Paul Rudd and One Direction. Skylar also starred in the short film "Finding Inspiration" which was accepted into the White House Youth Film Competition, and Boston International Kids Film Festival. Most recently, Skylar wrote, directed and starred in her own short film, Frenemy. Skylar wrote this film based on her own experiences with bullying. The film premiered at New Hampshire Film Festival, and plans are being made for other festivals as well as a bullying tour at schools throughout the nation. She is excited for what is to come!

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Director Statement

This project means so much to be because I have been the victim of social bullying myself. I have had all my friends turn on me, spreading rumors, talking about me behind my back, taking friends away from me. I lost my happiness and cried just about every night. I thought I was the only one this was happening to, but after more thought, talking with people and researching, I realized I was wrong.

I wrote Frenemy as a way to let out my bad feelings. Then I realized that if I actually produced this film, I could help other kids realize that it's NOT only happening to them. They can get through this, and they can find their happiness again.

I wrote the first draft of Frenemy when I was 11 years old. We made the film when I was 12. Now I've just turned 13 and I can say that I took my negative experiences and turned them into something positive. I can now say: Thank you to the bullies who made me a stronger person. You tore me down once, but now I'm stronger than I ever was, and I'm achieving my dreams!

--Skylar Burke, writer/director, Frenemy