• Director

    Kimberly DiPersia

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 8:59

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Interview with the Filmmaker

Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

SURVIVAL: 6 films about digging deep and getting through it.

April 25, 2024 @ 7:00PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre


Amanda’s father is in the hospital with COVID-19, but because of visitor restrictions, she and her family can only wait from afar. Based on a true story.


Kimberly DiPersia, Director
Kimberly DiPersia, Writer
Kimberly DiPersia, Producer
Kirsten Lindemulder, Key Cast, “Amanda”
Jeffery S. Herman, Key Cast, “Amanda’s Father”
Jennifer Kalison, Key Cast, “Amanda’s Mother”
Brian Allred, Key Cast, “Older Brother”
Morgan Elgarten, Key Cast, “Brother”
Nikki Waitt, Key Cast, “Sister-in-Law”
Jacob Tucker, Key Cast, “Nephew”
Doc Anthony Bravo, Key Cast, “Doctor”
Lisa Acebo, Key Cast, “Receptionist”
Chanel Lynn, Key Cast, “Nurse #1”
Alexia Rivera, Key Cast, “Nurse #2”
Jeffrey Rember, Key Cast, “Family Member”

Director Statement

In January of 2021, my father was hospitalized for COVID-19. He was on a ventilator for 42 days and was in a coma for six weeks. He survived!
As a family member, one of the most difficult things during this ordeal was not being permitted to visit him in the hospital, due to regulations. We had to make do with what we could get – daily calls from the doctor and nurses, FaceTime on a daily basis with a nurse who would hold the phone up to my unconscious father while we told him we loved him and made lame jokes about our day, and standing outside his hospital window sending love as physically close as we could.
This film is my creative expression of what we went through.

Director Biography

Kimberly DiPersia is the definition of a multi-hyphenate creator, with skills in acting, writing, producing, directing, editing, and general filmmaking. With a BFA with Honors in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she has additionally trained at HB Studios, Maggie Flanigan, and UCB. Her acting credits include Off-Broadway (The Pearl Theatre), Regional (The Roxy Regional Theatre, TN; Studio Theatre At Tierra Del Sol, FL), and New York (Inwood Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Shakespeare.) In film and television, Kimberly has worked as a Production Secretary for Netflix, NBCUniversal, and Amazon, and independently she has produced dozens upon dozens of short films, web series, and feature films, including the award-winning animated documentary.