Discovering the Next Generation of Iranian Filmmakers©

Too Close

Director: Emily O’Brien, 2018, USA, 8 minutes, Cast: Emily O’Brien, Jerome Charvet

A boy and a girl in the 1950’s examine boundaries within relationships and what it means to be too close.

Screening with: Ranger and Leopard + Karma + Exit Toll + The Hunt + The International


Too Close
Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 01:15 PM

Emily O’Brien

British born, Emily Roya O’Brien is a writer/director/actor. Having been a 3-time Daytime Emmy nominated actress working in Los Angeles for 12 years she has gained more interest in artistic writing and themes that provoke empathetic emotion. Too Close is her short film directorial debut.

O’Brien was born in Bedfordshire, England, but moved with her family to Carlsbad, California, when she was nine years old. Her mother is Persian, and her father is British.

O’Brien’s parents, Flora and Michael O’Brien, say, “Acting is the only thing she wanted to do.” She was in plays at Carlsbad High School, where she graduated in 2003, and at Mira Costa College, where she completed a theater major in 2005.  She was named a finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Competition in 2005, where she was pitted against several hundred students from colleges and universities across the country.[citation needed]  O’Brien speaks Persian fluently and has studied French and Spanish.[citation needed]  Emily has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as Jana Fisher on The Young and the Restless.  She portrayed the role again in November 2008, when a parody of the show was the theme of the 1st showcase on The Price Is Right.  Emily was seen in Pernicious, her first supernatural horror film, directed by James Cullen Bressack.  She recently appeared in the Telltale video game, Batman: The Enemy Within as Special Agent Iman Avesta.  In February 2018, she was revealed to be part of the cast of Kojima’s new game Death Stranding.

Filmography: 2006 Séance /2006 Coma /2010 New Glasses /2011 Matchup /2011 Beatrice /2012 Super Wannabe Heroes /2014 Pernicious /2014 The Janus Project Preview /2014 On the Run /2016 Restoration /2016 Honey Jar: Chase for the Gold /2016 The Bad Batch /2017 The Bigfoot Project /2017 Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory /2018 Too Close