Illinois, 17 Minutes
Director Allison Torem
Producers Eva Fabray, Adam Rebora, Allison Torem
Screenwriter Allison Torem
Executive Producer Phil Ortiz
Editor Eric Marsh
Cinematographer Phil Ortiz
Music By Clay Corso
Cast Austin Pendleton, Allison Torem

Schlepping home from an ill-conceived grocery haul in early lockdown, Vivian is interrupted by a senior citizen’s corny joke. Essentials is a celebration of the transformative power of “small talk” in large pedestrian environments between two differently isolated individuals.