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Beth, practical, and River, impractical, struggle with their differences as they travel though life's rites of passage.

Director Biography - Martin Blank

Martin Blank (writer/director/producer) is the author of ten plays, most recently his spy thriller "The Law of Return" was produced Off-Broadway. He has served as Artistic Associate for the American Place Theatre, New York City, as well as Literary Manager, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Founding Artistic Director, Theater J. He attended the University of Maryland and the Yale School of Drama. "Backbeat" is his first film.


  • Martin Blank Director

  • Martin Blank Writer

  • Martin Blank Producer

  • Ali Cheff Producer The Perfect Suspect, Deadly Affairs

  • John D. Lofton IV Producer The Survivor, Alloway Lane

  • Mikael Johnson Key Cast “River” ParaAbnormal, Leda

  • Jean Chemnick Key Cast “Beth” Fancy Feast, Bubble Trouble


  • Project Type: Short

  • Genres: romance, drama, first time filmaker, rites of passage, under 5 minutes

  • Runtime: 3 minutes 51 seconds

  • Completion Date: January 6, 2020

  • Production Budget: 500 USD

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Blackmagic RAW

  • Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes

  • Student Project: No

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