The Broken Treehouse

Vivian Meryl has to face one of the toughest decisions as a teen, whether or not to keep an unwanted child, while dealing with an alcoholic mother, her brother’s homosexuality and her headstrong boyfriend who isn’t going to support her and the child. Vivian is now left to try and figure out what is best for her and her family.

  • Joey Cassaro
    Director
  • Joey Cassaro
    Producer
  • Kiley McDonald...as..Vivian Meryl
    Key Cast
  • Steve Szymanski....as...Bobby Meryl
    Key Cast
  • Christian Nilssan..as...Roy
    Key Cast
  • Betty Garrison..as...Harmony Meryl
    Key Cast
  • Michael McInerney
    Editor
  • Dean Martinez
    Cinematography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 16mm Film
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Golden Cardellini Awards

    Best Short Subject
  • Long Island Film Block
  • Long Island International Film Festival
  • Hollywood Weekly Film Festival
  • Novella Film Showcase
  • INTERNATIONAL EUROFILM FESTIVAL
  • Wiper Film Festival
  • Frames Film Festival
  • The Golden Sun Film Festival
Director Biography - Joey Cassaro

Born in Methuen, Massachusetts. Joey Cassaro has been making films, music videos and commercials since he founded Ides of March Pictures in 2007. Joey is a graduate of Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. His Directing credits include The Award Winning Films "The Nothing Man" and "The Broken Treehouse" , as well as the western "Die By the Gun".

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Director Statement

As I attempted to do my second film in 2008, I wanted to try and tackle something different than my normal tough guy anti-hero pictures or my urban dramas. So I was sitting around one day in my college’s cafeteria and was talking to a young actress named Kiley McDonald, who ultimately played Vivian Meryl, about my next project. I then decided that I should try and write a picture for her, something simple with a few characters but real heart at its core. I decided to write a picture about a young woman in a horrible situation of dealing with a an unwanted pregnancy, while being in high school. I then decided to add some colorful characters to try and enhance her journey throughout the film. This was also to be my first film actually shot on film, so I wanted to get the best cinematographer that I could, so I hired Dean Martinez who was quickly becoming known for his cinematography skills around campus. I knew Dean had a great vision that would enhance the film and having him on set would allow me to focus more upon the actors. After four long shoots and one reshoot THE BROKEN TREEHOUSE was ready to be edited, with the skills of Michael McInerney, I knew I was in good shape. After it’s completion the film went on to win best short subject at the Golden Cardellini Film Festival and was selected to the 2009 Long Island International Film Expo.