Short Film / 2016 / 8 Minutes

A teenage boy’s relationship with a girl changes forever after an encounter with her step-father.

What starts out as flirting between a young, interracial couple, turns into a dangerous game when they break into a seemingly abandoned house.



BREAK is a story about youth and race in the American suburbs.

The film is inspired by my experience growing up as a bi-racial teenager in Massachusetts. Being African-American and German, my family and I stood out from our ninety-seven percent white community. When I was sixteen, I started to notice subtle racist comments at school and in my town. My cousin got in a fight over a racist joke, my father was called a n*gger by our neighbor and my brother wasn’t allowed to date a girl by her father because of the color of his skin.

With BREAK, I wanted to put the audience in the shoes of a black teenager just beginning to recognize the racism he’s up against and the effect it will have on his relationships. After directing several successful shorts with BullMoose Pictures, I felt prepared to tell this story and tackle the nuances of the subject matter.



Black Harvest Film Festival (Chicago - Gene Siskel Film Center)

San Diego Black Film Festival

San Francisco Black Film Festival

Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Bushwick Film Festival (NYC)

Sacramento International Film Festival

Capital City Black Film Festival

Charlotte Black Film Festival

Denton Black Film Festival

St. Louis Black Film Festival

New York Downtown Urban Arts Festival

Gold Remi-Award at WorldFest-Houston

IndieWorks Screening Series (NYC)

Katra Film Series (NYC)



Writer/Director/Producer: Nicholas Payne Santos

Producer: Tom Hunt

DP/ Producer: Kyle I. Kelley

Executive Producer: Prince Royale

Editor/Co-Producer: Adam R. Brown

AD/Co-Producer: Matthew John Lawrence

Sound Design/Mix: Jordan Eusebio

Score: Holland Patent Public Library

1st AC: Zachary Mills

2nd AC: Matt Shalkoski

Gaffer: Michael Sutter

Key Grip: Cory Dahn

Best Boy Grip: Jackson Eagan

Best Boy Electric: Jacob Beil

Makeup Artist: Emilia Adamkiewicz

DIT: Matthew Rigby

Sound Recordist: Ryan Dann



Introducing Amir Royale & Emma Hedrick

With Olen Holm (Kill Your Darlings, Milk, Workaholics)

  Illustration by the Rahzzah

Illustration by the Rahzzah