Breaking In

By Tyler Schwanke

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Release

05-09-23

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

Release

05-09-23

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction

Overview

When a crooked Hollywood director announces his next big premiere, aspiring filmmaker Millie Blomquist is shocked to learn that he’s stolen her script.

Millie uses her college savings to attend a summer program at the Manhattan Movie Academy, run by her favorite director, Ricky O’Naire, whose short-film contest promises the winner a Hollywood production. But before she can finish her film, a tribute to her late father, O’Naire is convicted of embezzlement and the academy closes. Six months later, slogging through her senior year in Fargo, North Dakota, Millie sees a preview for O’Naire’s comeback film—a full-length version of her summer-camp short. Outraged, she reunites a diverse trio of academy students and convinces them to steal O’Naire’s film just days ahead of its high-profile premiere.

Putting movie techniques into practice, they pull off the heist in extravagant fashion, but when a manipulative femme fatale uncovers their plan to collect ransom, it’s not long before a gang of quirky criminals cut in on the action, threatening Millie’s life and stumbling upon an ominous connection to her father.

With the stakes now higher than ever imagined, Millie has no choice but to lead this bizarre cast through an electrifying series of moves and countermoves that result in an outcome not even Hollywood could see coming.

Tyler Schwanke

Author Biography

Tyler Schwanke is currently completing his MFA in creative writing at Hamline University. His short fiction has appeared in the Courtland ReviewIO Literary JournalThe TuskeFiction, and Rock, Paper, Scissors. He is a graduate of the New York Film Academy, and also holds bachelor’s degrees in film production and creative writing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. His award-winning shorts have played at film festivals nationwide.