Leadership Conference

A generic hotel room is the site of two disconnected episodes of personal fractures.

  • Joshua Kaufman
    Situations and Circumstances, Hold
  • Joshua Kaufman
    Situations and Circumstances, Hold
  • Joshua Kaufman
    Situations and Circumstances, Hold
  • Michael Chinworth
    Key Cast
  • Coral Maltz
    Key Cast
  • Zack Booth
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Independent, Low-Budget
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 29 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    3654 x 2664
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Joshua Kaufman

Joshua Kaufman is an independent director, writer, and visual artist in New York City. His recent work includes three short films: SITUATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES, HOLD, and RESERVATIONS; and two plays: BACKWARD PEOPLE, and UNCHILDING.

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Director Statement

I experience a refreshing identity crisis any time I stay in a hotel room. The chance to find myself in a space that has been designed to feel ubiquitously comfortable presents stark contrast to every little wrinkle I make in the space. These rooms can also be the scenes of crisis moments and turning points in my relationships with the people I’m sharing this rented location with. They, too, wear the evidence of my influence.

In LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, a head trauma survivor returns to the scene of his injury and a man confesses a consequential and impulsive gaffe. In both segments, characters seek to make sense of their trauma, but find themselves locked in a dissonance between their internal monologues and physical bodies.