Hysterical

In the days following a traumatic event, a stand up comedian fails to find solace in comedy, forcing her to look inward to heal.

  • April Moreau
    Director
  • Emily Hanley
    Writer
  • April Moreau
    Writer
  • Chelsea O'Connor
    Producer
  • Tara Donovan
    Producer
  • Emily Hanley
    Key Cast
    "Bridget"
  • Helen Hong
    Key Cast
    "Susan"
  • Kimia Behpoornia
    Key Cast
    "Mia"
  • Christine Lahti
    Key Cast
    "Mary"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 12, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - AFI Directing Workshop for Women
Director Biography - April Moreau

April Moreau is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a BFA in Acting. In Los Angeles, she studied TV Writing at UCLA Extension and improv and sketch at Groundlings and UCB. Moreau’s directing career began in the world of digital shorts, with her work being featured on the homepage of Funny or Die and Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaha. In 2018, her film, BITCHES BY THE SEA, screened in Paul Feig’s shorts contest at the Women in Comedy Festival presented by HBO. Her 2019 short, RIDE IN PROGRESS, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She is a proud member of the Alliance of Women Directors and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, class of 2021.

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Director Statement

In the United States, every 68 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted (according to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network). Despite this staggering statistic, we see relatively few stories of sexual assault and recovery on screen. And when we do see them, they often play out in a sensationalized way, turning trauma into entertainment. My goal with this film is to share a simple, honest representation of one woman's experience in the days following a sexual assault. Her experience is messy, imperfect, and, at times, funny. In my experience, humor finds a way to rear its head at even the darkest of times, and that holds true in our film.