From the Episode: Reality Bites

Sequin Raze

| August 23, 2016

AFI / 2013 / 20 minutes / English / Color

“I have been counting my eyelashes for fun, so can we just do this?”

Tears and tequila shots aid the soft glow of production lights as producer Rebecca attempts to elicit a satisfying close on the final night of a reality dating show. Determined to maintain composure on a national stage, the heartbroken and rejected contestant Jessica wants a different ending. But as she’ll learn, Rebecca will go to any lengths to get her interview — even exploiting sensitive information from the show’s psychologist.

Directed by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator of Lifetime’s UnREAL, which is based on this short film. It had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. Principal Cast: Ashley Williams, Anna Camp, and Frances Conroy.

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Credits

Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Editor
Peter Borg

Design
Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by
Trifonic

Audio
John Andrieni

Interactive
Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Publicity
Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

Legal
William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer