Multi-award winning director/writer/actor/choreographer Breton Tyner-Bryan returns to New York with her critically acclaimed short INVICTA. 2022.
This critically acclaimed short from multi-hyphenated creator Breton Tyner-Bryan is fresh from his recent wins at Tokyo Shorts for Best Experimental Short. With Sian Berman (The Australian Ballet), Maya Kitayama (Beauty and the Beast, Cole Porter’s Can-Can) and Emily Ulrich (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Other World), with Savannah Cranford (Retrofacory Theater C), Susan Olmos Sabel (American Ballet Theater Teacher Training), Samara Steele (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Tatiana Stewart (The Deuce, Love Life) INVICTA was nominated in the festival stretch of Tokyo Shorts, Winner Best Experimental Film, La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival Best Fashion Dance, Best Cinematography, Best Cast Ensemble, Best Music, Berlin Commercial Cultural Impact Award, Raw Selection, Big Apple Agents and Managers Lab Honorable Mention, New York International Women’s Film Festival Finalist Winner and Lift Off Global Sessions hosted by Pinewood Studios UK.
“In New York City between the mansions of Riverside Drive, 7 mafia wives from across the country meet at the request of an unknown blackmailer, only to watch their united front quickly crumble, revealing romantic relationships, alliances and the ultimate betrayal,” said Director, choreographer Breton Tyner-Bryan. As the women struggle to change and/or accept the situation, their dance suggests alliances; perhaps they were once strong, now weakened. Treason – or is it? — in spite of everything lost dreams, disappointed expectations and longing for love are brought up by a woman.
INVICTA is directed, written, choreographed, edited and executive produced by Tyner-Bryan, who also served as costume designer (Netflix MOST LGBTQ Channel), sound designer and casting director. Longtime collaborator Michael J. Burke (The Gilded Age, And Just Like That) is Director of Photography, and composer Adria Barbosa (Only Human, Pumped, The Lucky One) masterfully created the haunting score. INVICTA is produced by Breton Follies.
Additionally, Tyner-Bryan has two other films on the festival route this year: DELUSIONE, which screened at Chinese Theater with Dances With Films, Micheaux Film Festival, La Femme Film Festival, Emberlight Film Festival, La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, Lift Off Global Network London Pinewood Studios, Paris International Short Festival, New York International Women’s Festival, Bucharest Film Awards, Big Apple AGENTS AND MANAGERS Lab, ASVOFF14 Paris, French Riviera Film Festival, Stockholm Short Film Festival, Paris Short Film Festival and Bucharest Film Awards and TIMELESS LOVE, which has won 45 awards including Best Director, Best Editor and Best Costume Design.
Alan Ng, Film Threat Editor-in-Chief, praised the film, saying, “Invicta features incredible performances by members of the Breton Follies. This gathering begins warmly enough, but the daggers quickly come out. Alliances will soon be made and broken, secret romances uncovered, all leading to the ultimate betrayal. Her thoughts, feelings and dark motivations were beautifully expressed in her movements and facial expressions. Invicta captures the performers’ movements beautifully, especially when compared to Barbosa’s score. Each performer’s strengths are showcased…the music and movement succeed in telling a compelling and intriguing story.”
OC Movies, TV & Streaming has compared her work to Darren Aronofsky’s film BLACK SWAN and Voyeurs Room 104, calling it “an impressionistic fantasy with striking imagery, a fresh take on storytelling”. Breton is at the forefront of this well-crafted dance choreography that fully exploits her abilities as a classically trained ballet dancer and filmmaker.” Unseen Films has described her work as “a delight for the eyes and ears, a visual feast”. Nadia Vostrikov, a freelance journalist, described it INVICTA as “a lusciously cryptic film waiting to be opened… INVICTA has the feel of a synchronized dream between acquaintances: curious and intriguing. Themes of privilege, strength and sensuality pervade Breton Tyner-Bryan’s direction and alluring choreography,… .Tyner-Bryan guides us through her world of female conquest, treating the viewer to opulence at every turn.”
Breton Tyner-Bryan is an American-born, multi-award-winning Canadian director, writer, actor and choreographer based in New York City. A classically trained ballet dancer and award-winning filmmaker, she was raised in theater in Hartford, CT. She is known for Manifest, (Netflix), Billions (Showtime), Divorce (HBO), Gossip Girl (CW) with Sarah Jessica Parker and Molly Shannon, The Knick with Clive Owen, Choreography for BD Wong and Donny Most of Happy Days , Studio City (VICE), Manhattan Love Story (ABC), Shackled (in production), TEST, Stories from the Microcosm with John Sanborn. With a stunt background, she often plays detective, badass seducer roles and regularly works with cinematographer Michael J. Burke (The Gilded Age, And Just Like That). Their heritage is Native American, German-Jewish, Spanish, Italian, Irish, French and Indian.
She is executive producer and director of Breton Follies, a dance theater film production company that has performed at New Victory Theater 42nd Street and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and has held positions at New York University, Fordham University, Smith College, Berklee NYC and on Broadway teaches Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School, The Place (London), Dance Base Scotland, San Francisco State University, LINES Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah and received her training at the School of the Hartford Ballet. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Deadline, Curve Magazine, Broadway World, Pointe Magazine, Dance Magazine and The Huffington Post.
She is currently in pre-production on her pilot for the series I DREAM OF HAZEL, which she wrote, will direct and will star in.
Tickets are available for the December 2nd screening of INVICTA at 5:00 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Union Square in Manhattan. Visit the website at https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2210310®id=&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fdanceswithfilms.com%2Finvicta%2F?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content = bottombuybutton1 for more information.
For more information about INVICTA or to speak to Breton Tyner-Bryan, please contact Deborah Gilels, LA Media Consultants at (818) 758-6509, email firstname.lastname@example.org.