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Synopsis: BREAK/UP is a queer musical short film following three confidently flawed people who should definitely not be dating. Alex, torn between a toxic relationship and a fling, must come to terms with her own truth when she realizes a break-up might be exactly what everyone needs. It’s a bop-along musical story where it’s totally fine to burn bridges, especially when it comes to putting yourself first.



Run Time

11 minutes


André Jordan (Alex)
Flower Estefana Rios (Sam)
Fiora "Feathers" Wise (Jamey)

Produced by

AJ Mattioli

Edited by

Wayne Kumingo


Easton Angle

Director's Bio

Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena is a queer German-Puerto Rican from Jersey City, New Jersey. Raised on cheerleading and Bon Jovi, she considers herself a karaoke princess with a passion for drama. After graduating from Vassar College with a B.F.A. in Film, she worked production in New York on shows like DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES. She won Best Director for her first musical short A SINGLE EVENING at the Long Beach QFilm Festival in 2020, and her latest musical short BREAK/UP won best music (short) at the 2022 Micheaux Film Festival and was selected the festival favorite at the 2022 Cinema Diverse Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival. Ashlei currently works as a staff writer in Los Angeles, CA.

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