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Affliction (2019)

Two coworkers contemplate the aftermath of an encounter.

*Currently in post-production. Not yet available to watch online. 

"Affliction" on the blog

Behind the Scenes


Director, Producer
Christina Raia

Writer, Producer
Kelsey Rauber

Peter Westervelt

Assistant Director/Editor
Matt Gershowitz

Director Statement

The short was originally born out of a weekly writing group between screenwriter Kelsey Rauber, frequent collaborator Ryan Kramer, and myself. We try to meet up every week to either give feedback to each other on new pages of ongoing projects or practice pitches that are either inspired by our own experiences or come out of challenges we give each other in session (like from news stories or a draw of the hat type of exercise featuring genres and settings). This particular piece was a script Kelsey presented that was inspired by frustrations about finally having a conversation about consent in the zeitgeist but no accompanying shift within the justice system, as well as a general fascination with menstruation and evolution. I really liked the way it played with a both timely and timeless issue and did so through a high concept portrayed through a small contained encounter. We ended up workshopping it over a few meetups and eventually Kelsey and I decided to collaborate on it together with me as director. I'm really excited to finish the film and discuss it with an audience.



Briana Swann & Nabil Vinas

Full Cast & Crew: IMDB