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Breaking Upwards



United States, 2009, HD - Color - 88

DIRECTED BY:
Daryl Wein

CAST:
Zoe Lister-Jones, Julie White, Olivia Thirlby, Andrea Martin, Pabo Schreiber, Peter Friedman, Ebon Moss Bachrach

SCREENPLAY:
Daryl Wein, Peter Duchan, Zoe Lister-Jones

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Alex Bergman

EDITING:
Daryl Wein

MUSIC:
Kyle Forester

PRODUCER:
Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones

STORY DESCRIPTION:

'Breaking Upwards' explores a young, real-life New York couple who, fours years in and battling codependency, decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Based on an actual experiment devised by director/actor Daryl Wein and actress Zoe Lister-Jones, the film loosely interprets a year in their lives exploring alternatives to monogamy, and the madness that ensues. An uncensored look at young love, lust, and the pangs of codependency, 'Breaking Upwards' follows its characters as they navigate each others' emotions across the city they love. It begs the question: is it ever possible to grow apart together?
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Daryl Wein (Director, Co-Writer, Actor, Producer, Editor) Breaking Upwards marks Daryl's narrative feature film debut. Last year, he directed and produced Sex Positive, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at L.A. Outfest, and was an official selection at 2008's South by Southwest Film Festival, London Film Festival, Boston Independent Film Festival, among twenty other film festivals around the world. It is currently being distributed by Regent Releasing and Showtime. In 2006 Daryl directed and co-wrote, Unlocked, a short which was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, among many others. As an actor, Daryl has appeared in films including The Hebrew Hammer, Porn n' Chicken. Television credits include Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, and Ed. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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