A fun and relatable short by writer-director Eli Shapiro. “That Friend You Hate” follows a young man who attempts to ‘break up’ with his best friend after a disastrous night together. Paying homage to Kevin Smith’s Clerks, the film was shot in black-and-white on a shoe-string budget with real life friends improvising in NYC and Shapiro’s hometown in Jersey. Watch above and see credits below!


Starring Sean Brannon & Will Cooper
Written & Directed by Eli Shapiro
Produced by Julianne Augustine, Eli Shapiro, Candice Kuwahara, Kurt Csolak
Assistant Director: Mike Cheslik
Director of Photography: Casey Stein
Assistant Camera: Michelle DoCampo, Spencer Forgham-Thrift, Zack Block
Production Sound Mixer: Miki Benyamini
Boom Operator: Yoni Benyamini
Production Designer: Kelly Cipriano
Costume Designer: Auri Jackson
Gaffer: Bernard Zeiger
Key Grip: Andrew C. Griego
Grip & Electric: Harry Tarre, Jayesh Hariharan, Erin Trout, Chris Kappel
Script Supervisor: Chelsea Hooper
Return Crew: Joe Testa, Scott Gallopo
Editor: Eli Shapiro
Sound Design & Re-recording Mix: Bobb Barito
Foley: Mark Lukenbill and Hollie Bennett
ADR Engineers: Dennis Hu, Mark Lukenbill
Colorist: Zachary Gobetz
Titles: Carlos Flores
Visual Effects: Brian Magarian
Special Thanks: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Professor Susan Seidelman


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