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Synopsis: A depressed young woman avoids the mess in her apartment until her takeout order arrives without utensils, forcing her to face the horrifying mess in her kitchen… and a giant bug infestation.





Run Time

8 minutes


Savannah Zito (Jackie)

Directed by

Jessica Salgado

Produced by

Shane Spiegel


Preston Garland

Production Designer

Millie Jenkins


Carissa Dorson

Director's Statement

I wrote this short story about a depressed young woman avoiding the mess in her kitchen as a depressed young woman avoiding the mess in my kitchen. Constantly feeling trapped in my day job and not making the effort to change my circumstances let alone taking out the trash in my kitchen, I developed a bit of a fly problem that I will always describe as less awful than it really was (it was bad) to my friends. Waking me up out of my stupor, I stopped sulking and got off the couch to kill the flies and clean my entire apartment.

While this film is a campy and silly one, and my aim is to ultimately entertain and make audiences laugh, I hope that others can identify with the main character’s mental state and feelings of helplessness and lack of control in her life, and be inspired when she finally decides to face the monster… in this case a giant cockroach.

Director's Bio

Jessica Salgado is an independent writer and director shooting out of South Los Angeles by way of San Diego. Growing up in the uneventful suburbs of Southern California, Jessica escaped her dull reality through cable access and her budding (at the time) VHS collection. Jessica has made several short films, mostly dealing with themes of the negative, yet humorous effects of overthinking, the obsessiveness brought on by constant access to social media, and the absolute drudgery of work.

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