e.ro.sion, noun

Jersey City, New Jersey | Film Short

Romance, Sci-Fi

Catriona Rubenis-Stevens

1 Campaigns | New Jersey, United States

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After her relationship ends, a girl soon plummets into a world devoid of personalization and emotion. It soon becomes apparent that her situation is a lot more life changing than just a broken heart. We are a female-led team telling stories by women, about women!

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Mission Statement

As a woman, the world we live in today is a constant battle for self-worth in society where it's not just the objects we own that are disposable, but also the connections & people in our lives. This story will be told almost entirely from a female perspective, in every aspect of it's production.

The Story

e.ro.sion, noun, is helmed by a female crew of writers, producers, director and key crew members. We are telling a strong and thought-provoking message of understanding one's self worth in the world today as a woman. 


The Story

What if a life was disposable?

What if a person was omitted when love didn't work out?


e.ro.sion follows the last days of a woman as she checks into the "Goodbye Clinic" to have her life deleted. We witness a person fade into a parallel reality where she observes the world she once felt connected to continue on without her, and the physical being of her body and soul disappear before her eyes. 


The idea for e.ro.sion came, like so many ideas often do, after a breakup! I wanted to explore the deeper feelings we have when our heart breaks and what it would actually look like if we could see our hearts disintegrating. Everyone at some point in their life has gone through loss, be it, a relationship ending, a family member passing, or a dream getting away from them. And while we do our best as friends, family members and colleagues to console that person, we have no idea how that individual is seeing the world on a daily basis.


e.ro.sion takes the world of a girl who has lost her love and shows it to us through her eyes…just for a moment.



The Team


e.ro.sion is a fully collaborative project with an incredible team of writers and creators all working together to sculpt an idea. Though the story came from one single seed, the final project will be a full-blossomed tree that everyone involved has contributed to.




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About This Team

Director Catriona Rubenis-Stevens moved to the USA a decade ago from England to pursue a life in the arts. She attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years, and has about a month away from completing her Bachelor of Arts in music with a minor in film at New Jersey City University. She has worked as an actor for over 25 years in the theater, both in England and New York/New Jersey. During the last several years, she started branching out into film production, successfully working as a 1st assistant director and producer, and now more recently, as a director. Her films have been screened around the world, and have garnered numerous awards at festivals including; The New York International Film Festival, The Amsterdam Film Festival, BBC ALBA in Glasgow and the Berlin International Film Awards. Family on Board, for which Catriona was the 1st Assistant Director on, was selected for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 2016 Oscars. And for her short film The Path of Avarice, Catriona recently won "Best International Film" at the Brightside Tavern Film Festivaland was nominated "Best Director" at the BBC ALBA Film G awards in Scotland. Her last film, Deus Meus, Adiuva Me, shot on 16mm, is currently in post-production and expected to be released later this year. 


Co-producer/actor Jesse Tendler became an actor by the age of four and has an extensive and diverse list of credits. Television and film credits include: The Ellen Burstyn Show (series regular); The Thorns (series regular); The Secret, Hallmark Television Special (co-starring w/Kirk Douglas) for which he earned a Youth in Film Awards nomination for Best Child Actor in a Television Movie; Are You Afraid of the Dark?; and Law & Order, among others. Jesse has also appeared in close to 100 national network television commercials (one of which won him a Clio Award for Best Child Actor in a TV Commercial), plus numerous radio spots and several video games (Bully, Grand Theft Auto, etc.). His theatre credits range from Hamlet to Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood to Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, and also include various new works. Though an actor first and foremost, Jesse is excited to have made the jump into directing and producing as well, which began with the co-founding of Intimation Productions in 2007. Focusing primarily on narrative fiction, short and feature length films, Jesse continues to produce a diverse range of projects (also including music videos, commercials, industrials, and documentaries). Recent films (Leaving Circadia, Family On Board) have won Best Picture, Best Director, and Audience Choice awards at a multitude of festivals, including being selected for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 2016 Oscars. In addition to acting, directing, and producing, Jesse is also a freelance script doctor, a professional photographer and videographer, and a regular international traveler and volunteer trip leader. Jesse holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology in the fields of Materials Engineering, Entrepreneurial Management, and Marketing. He attributes his time in the Mask & Wig Club of the University of Pennsylvania as the inspiration he needed to jump back into the entertainment industry after college.


Cinematographer Chloe Smolkin holds over a decade of experience in the worlds of independent film, nationally broadcast television, and high-end commercials.  Her commercial clients are varied, and include AT&T, Ford, Budweiser, PayPal, Nike, and Sephora.  She has shot many nationally aired TV shows, including 20/20 and Good Morning America for ABC, Top Chef Masters for Bravo, and Quirky for the Sundance Channel.  She DP’d the short film Isolated Incident, which played at Cannes and also won her the Award of Excellence in Cinematography from the Brightside Film Festival.  Her first feature won Best Alternative Feature at the Manhattan Film Festival; her second feature won Best Horror-Comedy at the International Horror Hotel Festival and distribution through Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, and Netflix; and her third feature is in post production.


Co-writer/collaborator Tammy McNeill is New York based actor and writer. Her plays have been produced by the Aching Dogs Theatre Company (Rooftop), The Metropolitan Playhouse (Gimmee Life), and published on Indie Theater Now (The Life).  As an actor, Tammy's work has screened on NYC Life and The Biography Channel and has included acting and voice over roles in successful independent productions (Green Room, Against the Wall, Bayonet). She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and SUNY Empire State College.


Co-writer/actor Ruthellen Cheney is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a New York-based actor and writer for both stage and film. She has trained at The Barrow Group School with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock. She recently portrayed Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Theatre 80 St. Marks, and will be portraying Imogen in Cymbeline (an Art for Progress production). She can currently be seen every week in The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking at New World Stages, where she is the resident lady bass in the barbershop quartet. Ruthellen portrayed Tanya in the short film entitled Small Talk (Zed Fest Film Festival winner Outstanding Acting Performance) and played the lead June in the short film Happenstance. She has won The Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival twice for her original short plays A Ghostly Reacharound and Strangers on an E Train. She is currently writing the feature film Carousel about the extraordinary life of Mili Lerner Bonsignori.



Producer Joanna Bowzer is a Los Angeles-based writer, director and producer with projects in film and theater. Her films have been to over 40 festivals over the past four years, her latest film Future ’38 recently won the Beyond Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival.

As a writer and director, her work as been called both “bold, inspiring and a breath of fresh air” and ‘casually sardonic.” by the New York Theater Review and LA Weekly respectively. Prior to her career in film, Joanna spent 12 years working in technology start-ups focused on digital media and premium content. She still works with new companies and performing artists, helping them build business development and marketing strategies. See more on the web at LinkedIn and on IMDb.


Composer Dillon Feldman is a graduate of New Jersey City University's Musical Theater program. While there, he composed and arranged several works for the department. He has written scores for short films including his latest and favorite, Deus Meus, Adiuva Me. He has also worked with Halcyon Valor studios as an Assistant Director. He is ecstatic to be a part of this production.


Actor Dana Pelevine is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Academy Repertory Company Alum. She is also a recipient of the Charles Jehlinger Award for Excellence in Acting. Recent theatre credits include the controversial I Plead Guilty (Gene Frankel, NYC & Warehouse Theatre, Washington D.C.), Babes in Toyland (Avery Fisher Hall), and Cabaret Émigré (Lion Theatre). Recent film credits include Weary SunThat’s What She Said, and the award winning independent film Indigo (for which she received several award nominations). Dana is also a cancer survivor and mommy. 


Actor Katherine Kahrs is also a writer and producer for film and theater based in New York City. She grew up on a farm in rural New Jersey and started performing in summer Shakespeare theater productions at a young age.  She then studied theater at Drew University.  After college she trained in London and New York.   Her first film, 79'Parts, which she produced and performed in, won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Soho International Film Festival in 2016. As an actor, she's worked for Lifetime, CBS, ABC and Turner Broadcasting.   Katherine is currently working on her second feature film entitled 'There Something Always Sings', set to begin production in the summer of 2018. Katherine is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. 


Collaborator Giselle collaborated with Louis C.K. and SweetPro composing and singing on 5 episodes for season 5 of the TV show “Louie.” The array of genres demonstrates GISELLE's versatility as a singer and songwriter. Her debut EP “Change Me” combines her confidence and emotional intellect with her diverse abilities as a vocalist. Make sure to subscribe onwww.YouTube.com/GiselleMusic to catch her latest releases. 

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