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The Crowns of Serendip


Phil, a well-meaning but apprehensive college drop out, decides to hold up a local bodega. During the anxious robbery he crosses paths with a broken down student named Dakota, who is there for the same exact reason...Rewind to the beginning of the day; we follow Phil and Dakota as they go on their erratic journeys, eventually leading to their inevitable confrontation.


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To whom it may concern,

I'd like to take this opportunity to briefly describe what this film means to me...

"The Crowns of Serendip" reflects thoughts at a time of dubiety. A time consisting of constantly searching for answers to unanswerable questions. This film is about coming to the realization that not everything is planned, and not all the answers are found through questioning your purpose, or searching for intangible things like Love.

This film also is an honest reflection of where I was at that time in my life. When I wrote the script, I was living on a sketchy street corner in the Mantua area of West Philadelphia, where robbing bodega's was as common as picking up a greasy Cheese Steak from a non-health-inspected Lunch Truck. As somebody who grew up in quiet, tranquil Oceanport, NJ, this was the quite the transition, as you could imagine. The bodega in the film was actually right outside the house that I lived in, and it was actually robbed the night before we shot in it.

Creating this film was the peak moment of my 21 years on this planet, so I hope you enjoy entering into an exaggerated, mad version of my world.

Thank you for your consideration,

Robert. E Proto

Screenings / Awards: 
Boardwalk Film Festival
Asbury Park 
United States 
September 17, 2016 
Best Student Film
Grove Film Festival
Jersey City, NJ 
United States 
December 21, 2016 
Jersey City Premiere
TMC London Film Festival
London, England 
United Kingdom 
December 23, 2016 
European Premiere 
Best Director (student)
New York Film Screenings
New York, NY 
United States 
January 16, 2017 
New York City Premierei
"Hang on to your Shorts" Film Festival
Asbury Park, NJ
United States
May 21-23, 2017
Directed by: 
Robert E. Proto
Writing credits: 
Robert E. Proto
Nathan Cluss Stephanie Hinck Matthew Dubrow Ross Gerhold
Produced by: 
Robert E. Proto Jessa Eskin
Cinematography by: 
Joshua Rosenzweig
Film Editing by: 
Robert E. Proto
Release Date: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016
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