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In her attempts to do her homework, a bright yet struggling teen finds herself at battle for her life.

Our Review

Lisa Sherman has done a responsible portrayal of mental health condition that can help people learn the truth about them. This film Implosions sheds light on the struggles and challenges many students face these days. This short film definitely has the Power to entertain, enlighten and inspire. Kudos to Lisa Sherman for getting this one done.

Director Biography - Lisa Z Sherman

As a lifelong lover of stories, Brooklynite Lisa Sherman makes her film and directorial debut with Implosions. After watching a documentary on Walt Disney at age eight, Lisa began a lifelong journey to the worlds of production, learning about famed storytellers such as Joe Ranft, Dave Filoni and S.E. Hinton. By her high school graduation, Lisa had founded her school’s film club, had artwork on display at Centerview Partners through Arts Connection and received her school’s Medal in Art.

As a Macaulay Honors student at Brooklyn College, Sherman continued advancing her studies from in-person instruction and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet it would be the experiences from the pandemic which led to developing her multimedia thesis film Implosions. At the 41st Annual Brooklyn College Film Festival, Implosions was an official selection for the Faculty Showcase, and took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design and the Brooklyn College Film Alumni Association (BCFAA) Award for Best Short Film.

Currently, Sherman provides remote instruction for students worldwide, and produces social media content for New Plaza Cinema, a non-profit theater founded following the closure of the famed Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

Director Statement

Implosions is a film that deals with mental health, something that — while common and okay — is still difficult to discuss. Talking about mental health is important, as it enables us to better understand ourselves and find the support we need. But it’s hard to do, as dealing mental health is like a paper cut that just gets bigger without the right BAND-Aid. Yet as someone whose had their share of big paper cuts, my hope for Implosions is to support people and how we treat ourselves.

Implosions is my first film, but I hope it won’t be my last. I love stories so much, whether I be reading them, watching them, or creating my own. Yet one goal I have in my storytelling is to help people. If I can tell stories that transport audiences and bring them to whole worlds, it’s a dream come true. But if I can also tell stories that teach us, connect us, guide us, empower us, and help us for a greater good, that’s a greater honor.


  • Lisa Z Sherman Director

  • Lisa Sherman Writer

  • Lisa Sherman Producer

  • Eli Mandel Producer

  • Nicole Biello Key Cast "Lou Lincoln" Gossip Girl (2021), GONE, The Glorbis, The Box in the Basement

  • Lisa Sherman Key Cast "Kenneth/Dad"


  • Project Type: Animation, Experimental, Short, Student

  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Experimental, Animation, Young Adult, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Psychological

  • Runtime: 16 minutes 18 seconds

  • Completion Date: July 12, 2023

  • Production Budget: 4,800 USD

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Digital, Blackmagic 4K

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.90∶1

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes

  • Student Project: Yes - Lisa Sherman

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