ONE YEAR AGO,
Just after Valentine’s Day, I got dumped. It wasn’t particularly heartbreaking, it wasn’t particularly dramatic—in fact, it wasn’t particularly special at all. There was something, then there wasn’t something, and that was it. In an effort to distract myself from the growing suspicion that my love-life was not television worthy, I turned my mind to statistics. If this could happen to me on any given day, how many other people around the world was it happening to? Fifteen minutes of scribbled notes and google searches later, I had an answer:
Is it an accurate number? Oh god no. I hadn’t taken a math class in years. It’s what I called a “Dramatic Minimum,” a number that is wrong on the low side, meaning the actual number should be higher. The point wasn’t accuracy. The point was knowing that there were other people out there going through something similar. A lot of them.
ONE YEAR LATER,
I started to wonder about them. Even a boring relationship ends with a story, a saga shared with a compassionate friend. And I wanted to hear those stories. Thus, the One Million Breakups project was born.
I wrote my own story down, shot it, and edited it in about three weeks. Now I’d like to hear yours. They can be factual or fictional, funny or sad, live-action or animated. But they should be narrative, and they should run anywhere from five seconds to ten minutes long. And they should be about a breakup, with the central story taking place over a single day.
ONE YEAR FROM NOW,
If we get enough submissions, we’d like to compile these stories into a full-length anthology film. Like Paris, Je T’aime or New York, I Love You, but, you know… more breakupy. Shorts don’t often find much play outside of the film-festival circuit, and our hope is to draw attention to people and projects that we enjoy.
So if what you see here inspires you, please submit! Because nothing makes an ex wish they hadn’t dropped you on the curb like seeing you become a super famous and successful short film director on the internet.