"Please Punish Me" is a comedic 13 minute short film about a businessman who is overly blessed to the point that seeks to be punished for his curse.


  • Directed by: Chris Esper
  • Produced by: Creusa Michelazzo
  • Story by: Tom Paolino
  • Screenplay by: Rich Camp
  • Cast: David Sackal, Joanna Donofrio, Brad Rhodes, Lorrie Bacon, Mark Carter & Talli Clemons
  • Director of Photography: Mark Phillips
  • Edited by: Felipe Jorge
  • Production Designer: Stephanie Castanos
  • Sound: Jorge Mario Toban
  • Music by: Steven Lanning-Cafaro


  • Winner for Best Comedy Short Film, Best Short Film Director and Best Writers (Tom Paolino & Rich Camp), Malibu West International Film Awards (Malibu, CA) (2016)
  • Official Selection, Festigious International Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) (2016)
  • Official Selection, Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival (Chicago, IL) (2016)
  • Winner for Best Short Film and Best Director, New England Underground Film Festival (Hamden, CT) (2016)
  • Official Nomination, ColorTape International Film Festival (Australia) (2016)
  • Nominee for Best Comedy Scene, Action on Film International Film Festival (Monrovia, CA) (2016)
  • Winner for Best Indie Film, Los Angeles Film Awards (2016)
  • Official Selection, Top Shorts Online Film Festival (2016)
  • Official Selection, Fanboy Film Festival (2016)
  • Indie Film Night at the Luna Theater (Lowell, MA) (2016)
  • Official Selection, Ozark Shorts Film Festival (Ozark, MI) (2016)
  • Official Selection, Sanford International Film Festival (Sanford, ME) (2016)
  • Official Selection, Los Angeles CineFest (Los Angeles, CA) (2016)
  • Official Selection, SENE Film, Arts & Music Festival (Providence, RI) (2016)
  • Official Selection, NewLife Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) (2016)
  • Official Selection, Stories by the River Film Festival (Quincy, MA) (2016)
  • One of the Most Impactful Movies of 2015, (2015)
  • Official Selection, Silver Dollar Film Festival (2015)
  • Official Selection, Shawna Shea Film Festival (Somerville, MA) (2015)
  • Official Selection, Rhode Island Comic Con Film Festival (Providence, RI) (2015)
  • Official Selection, 401 Film Festival (Providence, RI) (2015)
  • Tuesday Night Film Series at The Arctic Playhouse (Warwick, RI) (July 7th, 2015)
  • World Premiere, Cable Car Cinema (Providence, RI) (June 14th, 2015)



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