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Synopsis: Joe and Olivia, a married couple, prepare a holiday meal for her family. When her mother and sister arrive early for dinner, Joe, recently sober, volunteers to run the liquor store errand that Olivia wasn’t able to. When he finds himself in line, his struggle with whether or not to drink catches up to him. He returns home for a tumultuous family dinner, at odds with Olivia throughout. The end of the night brings his actions to light. How will Olivia react?



Run Time

8 minutes


Casey Hoekstra (Joe)
Marissa Moeller (Olivia)
Abbey Lowenstein (Emily)
James Wilsford (Graham)
Cynthia Schreiner Smith (Ellen)
Jenn Rathsack (Estelle)

Directed by

Vanessa Powers

Produced by

Laura LaBree

Executive Producer

Tristan Corrigan

Production Designer

Sydney Seufer


Chris Groschen

Director's Statement

My father is 35 years sober, and has always been honest about the ups and downs of his journey. ’50 mL,’ explores a story he told me, wherein his many years of sobriety allowed him not to relapse. I imagined how someone younger and more newly sober may not be able to overcome the situation in the same way, and how the intersection of family and holiday stress may have a ripple effect with lasting consequences.

Director's Bio

Vanessa M. H. Powers is a prolific and award-winning film director who has been making films professionally since 2011. Her company, the Oxford Comma Film Cooperative has tackled topics ranging from hysterical to heartbreaking, spanning almost every genre you can think of. Vanessa and her team have consistently delivered character-driven, thought-provoking, and stylishly told stories, with just enough Midwestern flair to make you say ‘ope.’ Her works have been seen in festivals across the country and around the globe, and she even has 2 feature films, ‘Keepsake,’ and ‘Witch,’ available on

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