Ain’t No Mercy for Rabbits

  • Director

    Aliza Brugger

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2021, 16 minutes 3 seconds

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!



In Person Date, Time & Location:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Local • 13-02 44th Ave. • LIC, NY 11101


Of Land and Water: Four Films to remind us that the earth is all we have.


When Gramma gets sick, Roan must learn to survive on her own in a world without drinkable water.


Aliza Brugger, Director, Writer
Kari Ulfsson, Producer
Robyn Kennedy, Key Cast, “Gramma”
Lindsey Melancon, Key Cast, “Roan”
Andrés Solórzano, Director of Photography, Justin Bieber: Seasons, Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians
Carole Zacek, Production Design, American Honey, The Hateful Eight, Up in the Air
Joseph Krings, Editor, Captain Fantastic, After the Wedding

Director Statement

As a working-class, native Nebraskan who grew up with farmers as parents, I have seen and experienced the importance of our environment and the responsibility we have to care for it. However, I also have seen a blatant disregard for the damage we cause as the effects of climate change become deadlier and more tangible. In March, 2019, historic flooding hit Nebraska, forcing entire cities to evacuate, sweeping away millions of animals and even taking the lives of several Nebraskans. After seeing the impact these floods had on my home and family, I decided to tell a story that explores not only what could happen to our beautiful environment, but to the people who have minimal economical means of surviving in a world damaged by climate change.

“Ain’t No Mercy for Rabbits” is about 7-year-old Roan and Gramma who are fighting to survive in a nearly waterless world. Because of the timely, culturally significant story and the outstanding team that worked on the film, we strongly believe in “Ain’t No Mercy for Rabbits” and its ability to have a lasting impact on its audience.

Director Biography

Aliza Brugger is an award winning, Los Angeles / New York City based director/screenwriter and producer originally from Nebraska. She received her MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University where she wrote, directed and produced features, TV pilots and short films that have screened in festivals all over the world. Aliza enjoys exploring themes of sexuality, female connection, nature and dystopia. Her goal as a filmmaker is to create stories that connect viewers to the image, to each other and to the world.