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Moving On

"Moving On" is about what happens when you wake up to find you need to move on and move out at exactly the same time.

When Ross (Mike Ivers, 419) is awakened early one morning by a knock at the door, he's shocked to find his girlfriend gone, and two men in his foyer ready to move him out of their shared apartment at the request of his now -- it would seem -- ex-girlfriend Elizabeth. Turns out these guys do this for a living, frequently hired by significant others looking to not be so significant anymore without getting any blood on their hands. As you might imagine, Ross doesn't handle the news particularly well.

His first day on the job, mover Nick (Robin Lord Taylor, the Penguin on Fox's GOTHAM) hasn't quite completed his sensitivity training and isn't what anyone would call delicate in handling Ross's predicament. The anyone in question here is his supervisor -- and cousin -- Mason (Ryan Farrell, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER), who's forced to balance breaking-in his new co-worker and breaking-up with the client according to protocol.

In this modern world where technology too often replaces actual human interaction, the most personal moments in our lives are being delivered by the most impersonal methods. This short film takes a look at what would happen if even breakups were contracted out. And you thought getting dumped by text was embarrassing!

  • Marcia Fields
  • Mike Spear
  • Marcia Fields
  • Mike Spear
  • Marcia Fields
  • Mike Spear
  • Jenna Zak
  • Ian Gelfand
  • Robin Lord Taylor
    Key Cast
    FOX's Gotham, Accepted, AMC's The Walking Dead, NBC's Law & Order, CBS's The Good Wife and Person of Interest
  • Ryan Farrell
    Key Cast
    Netflix's Jessica Jones, NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Taxi Brooklyn, FX's The Americans, Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer, USA's Royal Pains, Judd Apatow's Trainwreck
  • Mike Ivers
    Key Cast
    The Girl is in Trouble, 419, CW's Gossip Girl
  • Amelia Martin
    Key Cast
    BUNNi, Synecdoche New York, Bastards of Young, The Inappropriate Reporter
  • Matteo Lane
    Key Cast
  • Cipha Sounds
    Key Cast
    Chappelle's Show, Sucker Free, This is Hot 97
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 18, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
    Santa Barbara, California
    February 5, 2015
    World Premiere
  • NoHo CineFest
    North Hollywood, California
    April 10, 2015
  • Cannes Court Metrage
    Cannes, France
    May 13, 2015
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market
    Palm Springs, California
    June 16, 2015
  • Art All Night Film Festival
    Trenton, New Jersey
    June 20, 2015
  • Fil'm Hafizasi (Thematic Night: Comedy)
    Istanbul, Turkey
    July 22, 2015
    Sneak Preview
  • New Hope Film Festival
    New Hope, Pennsylvania
    July 25, 2015
    Pennsylvania Premiere
  • FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, Rhode Island
    August 4, 2015
    New England and Rhode Island Premiere
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Hollywood, California
    August 13, 2015
  • DC Shorts Film Festival
    Washington, D.C.
    September 12, 2015
    Washington, D.C. Premiere
  • Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival
    Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    September 12, 2015
    Massachusetts Premiere
  • Coney Island Film Festival
    Coney Island, NY
    September 19, 2015
  • Raindance Film Festival
    London, England
    September 24, 2015
    International Premiere
  • South Dakota Film Festival
    Aberdeen, South Dakota
    October 1, 2015
    South Dakota Premiere
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
    Edmonton, Canada
    October 1, 2015
    Canadian & Edmonton Premiere
  • Aruba International Film Festival
    October 9, 2015
    Caribbean Premiere
  • Oaxaca Film Fest
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    October 11, 2015
    Mexican Premiere
  • NYC Independent FIlm Festival
    New York City, NY
    October 15, 2015
  • Heartland Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    October 17, 2015
    Indiana Premiere
  • NYTVF (New York Television Festival)
    NYC, New York
    October 21, 2015
    Independent Pilot Competition
  • Kerry Film Festival
    October 22, 2015
    Ireland Premiere
  • San Jose International Short Film Festival
    San Jose, CA
    October 23, 2015
  • Twin Cities Film Fest
    Minneapolis-St Paul, MN
    October 28, 2015
    Minnesota Premiere
  • Chicago Comedy Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    November 7, 2015
    Illinois Premiere
  • Napa Valley Film Festival
    Napa Valley, CA
    November 14, 2015
  • ITSA FIlm Festival
    Sonora, CA
    November 15, 2015
  • Whistler Film Festival
    Whistler, BC
    December 4, 2015
  • Anchorage International Film Festival
    Anchorage, AK
    December 5, 2015
  • Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest
    Chicago, IL
    December 11, 2015
  • Coronado Island Film Festival
    San Diego, CA
    January 16, 2016
  • DAM Short Film Festival
    Boulder City, NV
    February 11, 2016
  • Taos Shortz Film Fest
    Taos, New Mexico
    April 7, 2016
Director Biography - Marcia Fields, Mike Spear

During a debate over who was going to do the dishes, Marcia Fields & Mike Spear, the husband and wife team behind MOVING ON, started “joking” about how “funny” it would be if this fight was what led to their breakup, which of course led to a discussion over the cleanest way to facilitate said breakup. In that moment, this little film was conceived! Once the idea came up, they were too busy laughing and taking notes to continue fighting. (Postscript: Mike did the dishes and they’re still married.)

The couple met in 2004, while working as minions on the television series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and have shared a hatred of onion-related products, a love of Huey Lewis (with or without The News), and a king-sized bed ever since. But it wasn't until 2010 that they began sharing a title page as a writing team. Producing and directing as a team was the only natural progression! Together or apart, Marcia & Mike have been working as writers and producers in both scripted and unscripted television for over a decade.

In 2014, after nine months of labor, their first joint production was not, as their parents had hoped, a baby, but this short film. It may be the first one they co-wrote, produced, and directed together, but it’s definitely not going to be the last.

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Director Statement

Before MOVING ON, we were those writers who talked about the projects we wanted to make, but never did. As first time director/producers, we can tell you unequivocally that our statement is… this shit is hard. But it’s also the most rewarding thing we’ve ever done. And, as a team, we believe we bring something special to the process.

As a writing and directing team, we bring a writer’s mind and a directors eye – meaning we’re able to communicate both our vision in terms of character and story (key in getting actor performances you need) and get our point across visually. We also bring a collaborative spirit. Of course we do… there’s two of us! Our being happily married almost a decade (gross, right?) reflects that. It’s the director who sets the tone on set. Some people mistake the word director for dictator, but when you go to work with your best friend, the vibe is just different. We love each other and what we do; it’s important to us that everyone else love it, too.

Beyond that, as a duo, we bring both the male and female perspective to a single vision. That diverse perspective is important to us in all areas. In MOVING ON, we peopled our crew not only with a 50-50 split male to female, but a multi-ethnic one as well. With over a decade of experience working in scripted and unscripted TV, we know the roles everyone – from PA to Department Head – play in making the finished product come out right. Because of that, we appreciate those roles and we make sure to show it.

With advances in technology allowing some truly intricate shooting at a cost friendlier to the independent filmmaker’s budget, we’re seeing a world where people like us can continue to create content on our own. It’s incredibly exciting to see and something we urgently want to be a part of continuing.