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.
2016/17 AWARDS & OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
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
Executive Producer: Prince Royale
Editor/Co-Producer: Adam R. Brown
AD/Co-Producer: Matthew John Lawrence
Sound Design/Mix: Jordan Eusebio
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)
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