Experiencing Interruptions?


A cheating counselor working out of a sleazy motel room tests the boundaries of his own advice after a client's startling revelation.

  • Derek Frey
    Sky Blue Collar, The Ballad of Sandeep, 4th and 99
  • Derek Frey
    Big Eyes, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd
  • David Amadio, Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick
    The Ballad of Sandeep, Straight on Till Morning
  • Steve Kuzmick, David Amadio, Gil Damon
    Sky Blue Collar, The Ballad of Sandeep, 4th and 99
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dramedy
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
    Los Angeles
  • Albuquerque International Film Festival
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
    Los Angeles
  • Bare Bones Film Festival
  • Night of Short Films - Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
  • West Chester Film Festival
    West Chester, Pennsylvania
    Nominated - Best Pennsylvania Filmmaker
  • International Movie Awards
    Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Access Code Short Film Festival
  • Laughing Devil Short Film Festival
  • Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
    London, UK
    Nominated for BEST DIRECTOR and BEST EDITING
  • Filmmakers of the Year Film Festival

  • Brightside Tavern Short Film Festival

    Nominated for BEST COMEDY & BEST ACTOR (Steve Kuzmick)
  • Media Film Festival
    Media, Pennsylvania
    Awarded Best Comedy
  • International Film Festival - Documentary, Short, Comedy
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing
  • Los Angeles Comedy Festival
    Los Angeles
  • Mexico International Film Festival
    Baja, Mexico
    May 2, 2015
    WINNER - Golden Palm Award
  • Honolulu Film Awards
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    May 8, 2015
    WINNER - Aloha Accolade Award
  • Loch Ness Film Festival
    Drumnadrochit, Scotland
    July 24, 2015
    Nominated for BEST COMEDY
  • Los Angeles Film Review
    Los Angeles
    Honorable Mention - Best Director
  • World Film Awards
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    June 20, 2015
    Best Director, International Film
Director Biography - Derek Frey

Filmmaker Derek Frey was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia and has helmed Tim Burton Productions since 2001. Frey is currently producing Disney’s Dumbo, a live-action reimagining of the animation classic set for release in Spring 2019.

Prior to Dumbo, Frey executive produced Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Big Eyes. In 2012 he co-produced Frankenweenie, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Picture. That same year he produced the music video Here With Me for The Killers.

Frey associate produced the 2010 blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, as well as Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He produced the documentary A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton; wrote the Frankenweenie-based short film Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers; and edited the comprehensive and award-winning publication The Art of Tim Burton. In 2009 he worked closely with curators from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on the creation of the highly popular and ongoing World of Tim Burton touring exhibition. Derek began his professional film career assisting Burton on Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, and Big Fish.

Frey also directs independent films and music videos. His 2016 Hawaiian horror featurette Green Lake appeared in over forty film festivals, picking up multiple honors including Best Film at the L.A. Shorts Awards, Hollywood & Beyond Film Festival, and Honolulu Film Awards as well as Best Director at the Los Angeles Horror Competition and NYC Indie Film Awards. In 2014 his adulterous dramedy Motel Providence received the Golden Palm Award for Best Short at the Mexico International Film Festival, as well as Best Director at the World Film Awards and Best Comedy at the Media Film Festival. For the unorthodox working-class comedy Sky Blue Collar (2013), Derek was named Best Director by the Chicago Comedy and Mockfest Film Festivals.

In 2012, Frey directed The Ballad of Sandeep which moved audiences with its poignant tale of outsourcing and dynamic performance by actor Deep Roy. The film won Best Director at the Independent Film Quarterly Festival and Best Featurette at the Las Vegas International CineFest. Frey’s most recent directorial works Kill The Engine and God Came ‘Round are currently enjoying successful runs on the festival circuit.

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Director Statement

MOTEL PROVIDENCE marks my fifth collaboration with Philadelphia's premiere comedy troupe, The Minor Prophets. Over the past seven years we've explored themes ranging from father and son strife, workplace outsourcing, cross labor line friendships and faux Americana patriotism. All of these subjects present a unique comedic spectrum of middle class life in the United States.

The Minor Prophets and I agreed to shoot our latest new short film over the Easter holiday weekend in 2014. My visits to the Philadelphia suburbs, where I grew up, are usually limited to holidays, so we've learned to maximize the limited time we have to collaborate. When they sent me the script for MOTEL PROVIDENCE I found it a welcome change up on the heels of our award winning short, SKY BLUE COLLAR.

SKY BLUE COLLAR was slight on dialogue, big on visual gags and accompanied by a pulse pounding soundtrack. MOTEL PROVIDENCE is quite the opposite - with plenty of dialogue to chew on, which necessitated a straightforward approach to capturing it. This was a new kind of challenge for me because of the subtle balance of the comedy. I was most excited about The Minor Prophets having the opportunity to really unleash their acting chops. The Minor Prophet filmography is full of colorful characters under the guise of makeup, wigs and wardrobe. In MOTEL PROVIDENCE we shed all of that but maintain the obscure social commentary one would expect from a Minor Prophets/Derek Frey production.
The subject of adultery combined with solid performances, clean cinematography and slick editing places MOTEL PROVIDENCE firmly in the "dramedy" realm. It's a place The Minor Prophets and I spend most of our time and I hope you enjoy.

The genesis of MOTEL PROVIDENCE:
Motel Providence began as a live sketch entitled "The Cheating Counselor," which the Minor Prophets performed as part of their 2011 stage show Fade to Yellow. The sketch opens with a short commercial advertising the counselor's services, and concludes with a musical number, "Miles From Infidelity," a song written by the Prophets' alter egos, the Positive Dudes, and meant as a warm-hearted critique of the adultery industry. Because of its restless dialogue and heavier, more dramatic moments, "The Cheating Counselor" didn't generate big laughs, prompting the troupe to reconsider it as a short film, one in which they could slow the pace of conversation and rightly balance the humor with the heartache. After adding another page of dialogue to increase the tension, and revising the ending for a more visceral punchline, the Prophets had a script for Motel Providence—the first-ever film adaptation of one of their live bits.