Veronika's Birthday, 39 min, DV, 2003.
MFA thesis film for the School of Visual Arts
Special Recognition Direction and Performance Arizona International Film Festival
Best Student Film New Jersey International Film Festival
Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay The Fall Short Film Screening Series
WRITTEN, DIRECTED, EDITED & PRODUCED by Jessica Sue Burstein
STARRING Jessica Sue Burstein, Carol Kramer, Brooke Witherington, Richard Willis, Geena Goodwin, Morgan Mikulaschek, Patricia Bannan, Julie Goff, Christos Klapsis, Heather Mckenna, Florence Clutch
CINEMATOGRAPHY by Mark Astrom ORIGINAL SCORE by Takumi Ozawa
SOUND DESIGN by Zach Williamson TITLES & GRAPHIC DESIGN by Heather Mckenna
In this dysfunctional family comedy, a New York City party girl visits her Jewish grandmother in her Florida retirement home.
"Scathing dialogue that drips from her characters' mouths and leaves enough unanswered to make (us) wish her camera followed Veronika out of this film's final frame." — THE CHARLOTTE WEEKLY
"It cuts deep emotionally." "Burstein gives a fearless performance." — THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
"The kind of cringe-worthy intensity that made Todd Solondz and Paul Thomas Anderson famous." — TUCSON WEEKLY