Hey, I'm Zachary!

Middletown, Connecticut

Kickstarting his passion for film at a young age by reading the backs of DVD boxes in Blockbuster, Zack Brida is a writer/director/actor currently studying Film and English at Wesleyan University. He began his obsession with watching movies and TV after his siblings and parents decided he was old enough to watch shows like The Office, 30 Rock, and Mad Men. His sleep schedule has never fully recovered from that moment, nor have his friends' ears from his insistent refernces to these shows.

 

At an early age, Zack had his first emotional connection with a film when he watched It's a Wonderful Life on a diminutive, rotund monitor that hung from the ceiling of his 5th grade classroom. Zack saw his own family in the Bailey's, and when Jimmy Stewart yelled at his wife, asking her, "What do we have all these kids for?" Zack knew exactly how the kids in that scene felt, and decided he was creative.

 

Opportunities to make film, however, were scarce in Zack's hometown of Lansdowne, PA (indeed, the one movie theater in the town is run down and often utilized as a yoga studio), so he pursued acting and fiction-writing in high school to find a creative outlet. He made his acting debut as Brian in a stage adaptation of a single scene from the Breakfast Club. Zack also performed stand-up comedy while a freshman at SUNY Purchase. He enjoyed the comedy world so much that he left Purchase the semester after joining the school's stand-up troupe and has never picked up a microphone since (although videos of his performances still exist). In between these gigs, Zack would fuel his love for films by watching episodes of Mad Men on his phone whenever he had the chance and devoting weekends to tracking down his favorite directors' favorite films.

 

Inspired by everything from video game cutscenes to Renaissance paintings, from Raymond Carver stories to the DVD extras of The Incredibles, Zack is truly able to find art and beauty in all things. His films thematize the importance of nurturing and kindness, bringing a focus to small-yet-rapturous moments of self-discovery in the wake of an oppressive world and gnawing loneliness. His years of experience in the food service industry, and the tiny interactions he has with his customers, constantly provide artistic fodder.

 

He has worked in distribution at Picture Motion, a company that seeks to expand the voice of marginalized artistic voices and stories, and hopes to bring the same dedication to inclusivity and social justice to the sets of his own films. Currently, in addition to catering and food running, Zack  acts as the officer and treasurer to the Wesleyan Film Board, where he draws on his vast knowledge of films high and low to help program a series of films that is accessible to everyone.

 

Zack's current project, a short film called Ray and Roy, is currently in pre-production. Check out the page on his profile and consider donating to his film and ambition!!

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Rockabilly Vince

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Musical

Vince is a Japanese American teenager who lives with his single immigrant father who doesn't understand his love for Rockabilly music.

83%

This project got the green light!

Boys' Night: A Wesleyan Horror Thesis

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Horror

A student thesis horror film dedicated to exploring male complicity in the context of a college party.

100%

This project got the green light!

Rest Stop

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Crime

Al, a night clerk with hero fantasies, confronts his preconceptions when a mysterious woman named Evie seeks sanctuary in his rest stop.

104%

This project got the green light!

A Friend

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama

A lost and troubled young girl confronts the realities of her depression as she recounts her day to a friend.

96%

This project got the green light!

Ray and Roy

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Family

The guilt-ridden daughter of an ex-jazz pianist helps her father move on from the suicide of his brother.

85%

This project got the green light!

Eagle Rock

Bozeman, Montana Film Short
Drama, Crime

A young woman in prison for murder reflects on what led her to the crime, the cult she was a part of and her relationship with its leader.

100%

This project got the green light!

Another Period in Time

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Comedy, Drama

A free black woman from 1863 wakes up in 2018 ATL & meets an entitled millennial. Can she get home or learn to love avocado toast & selfies?

106%

This project got the green light!

The Trespasser

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Thriller

Following the suicide of her mentally ill father, a young black girl sets out to destroy the one object she believes led him to his death

101%

This project got the green light!

LOVE BUGS: A Senior Thesis Film

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Comedy, Family

Teenage Lu must eradicate a pest infestation in her beloved squash garden while avoiding her neurotic mother, who is quickly unhinging as sh

100%

This project got the green light!

Proud

San Jose, California Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

An Asian American learns to become proud of her Korean heritage while trying to discover her identity as an American.

128%

This project got the green light!

Passing

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Experimental

An cinematography project without actors: the camera uncovers a woman's insecurities as it passes through her kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom

103%

This project got the green light!

Sister/Brother

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Nora, a broke actress, and her younger brother Scotty drive from Portland to Seattle so she can attend a dinner hosted by her wealthy ex.

100%

This project got the green light!

Oniphron

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A tale about a homeless immortal woman taken in by a Portlander.

85%

This project got the green light!

Endless Light

Fairbanks, Alaska Film Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

Karaoke Superstar

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Teen

A teenage fangirl gets the chance to meet her idol, an online karaoke cam star.

105%

This project got the green light!

Big Girl

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

A plus-size woman in NYC navigates our size-obsessed culture with cynical humor and unapologetic self-love.

81%

This project got the green light!

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