5Q's w/Shelly Yo "The Heartbreak Factory" Director

Heartbreak Factory (12 min) dir: Shelly Yo


#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 280 characters? 

The Heartbreak Factory is a short that explores the inner-world of Ava, a fiery worker, determined to mend all the broken hearts of the world. If you have ever turned away a love in your life, this movie is for you.

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

Though it sounds like the title of a cute pixar short, it has darker undertones...


#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

I developed a curiosity for filmmaking from the books & cameras my father would purchase from garage sales. I studied filmmaking in undergrad, worked in commercial production for several years before diving headfirst into directing & screenwriting at Columbia University. Currently recovering from the trauma of it all. 

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#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

Don't ever let money hold you back. Find a way for your vision. 

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#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

I want to keep writing & be able to sustain a life off my words & imagination. One day I hope to have a production company to help other filmmakers bring their stories to life. 

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