Things Break In

A Film by Tess Elliot


Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in 1940 are required to work together in privacy.


  • Picture of Tess Elliot © Tess Elliot

    Tess Elliot

    Tess Elliot is an award-winning filmmaker and actress based in LA. She wrote, directed and starred in her debut short film It’s Perfect Here which received the Best Narrative Short Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2015 and screened at numerous others. It’s Perfect Here, and Take Me Out with the Stars, starring Hannah Whitney and Jeff Ward (Marvel’s Agents of Shield) were produced along collaborators Hannah Whitney and Maria Wilson through their collective The Lake Shorts, a co-production of three short films shot it one week on one location. Tess co-created and starred in the short Happy Vacation with Colby Day, (Blacklist 2017). Tess's music video for Minke premiered on Harper's Bazaar in August 2018. Other music video credits include two videos for X Ambassadors' forthcoming record, JOYFUl and Don't Stay both of which have over one million views. Tess can be seen in Noor Gharzeddine’s debut feature film AreYou Glad I’m Here which was shot on location in Beirut which premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. She is in development on a series adaptation of Things Break In and a feature adaptive of Take Me Out with the Stars.

Awards + Festivals

  • 14th KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, World Premiere, Knoxville, TN, USA)September 15, 2017
  • 25th RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, International Premiere, London, UK)September 25, 2017
  • 10th BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)October 14, 2017
  • 28th TAMPA BAY INT'L GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tampa Bay, FL, USA)October 14, 2017
  • 7th DELHI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Delhi, India)October 28, 2018
  • 2nd SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Corrientes, Argentina)November 8, 2018
  • 5th CULVER CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Culver City, CA, USA)December 2, 2018
  • 2nd COLLATERAL 102 FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Torino, Italy)December 6, 2018
  • 9th LONDON LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL (Online Selection, London, UK)December 12, 2018
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Official Selection, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)February 14, 2019
  • 5th FINDECOIN - INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)February 25, 2019
  • 4th RAPIDLION - THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 1, 2019
  • 2nd KOQIX INDIE FEST (Official Selection, Turin, Italy)April 16, 2019
  • FAIRY TALES QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Calgary, AB, Canada)May 23, 2019
  • 3rd BUDDHA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2019
  • 8th TOYAMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toyama, Japan)June 15, 2019
  • 5th CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tarzana, CA, USA)July 19, 2019
  • 10th BANGALORE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangalore, India)August 1, 2019
  • 9th CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)September 25, 2019
  • 17th VIDEOQUEER - LGBTQ SHORT MOVIE COMPETITION (Official Selection, Firenze, Italy)October 15, 2019
  • 18th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Emilia, Italy)November 8, 2019



Tess Elliot
Tess Elliot
Tess Elliot / Delicate Powermoves
Director of Photography
Seamus Mulligan-Ferry
Nick Heppding, Will Harrison
Vero Vackova
Sound Design
Luke Burba
Osei Essed


Running Time
6 minutes 27 seconds
Shooting Format
Digital RED
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Tess Harrison
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