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“An older device experiences heartbreak after replacement with a new high tech device.”

About the Film

Made for the Providence 48 Hour Film Festival in 2016, Upgrade tells the story of old personal assistance technology that has become replaced with the newest and greatest technology. However, sometimes being new and shiny has its downfalls.

Upgrade is a short film produced by Drew Furtado
A Personal Assistant Liason (P.A.L) sits on a bench with his owner.

Film Credits

Director: Drew Furtado
Producer: Patrick Stone
Assistant Director: Chris Gauthier
Music Composer: Matthew Tiramani

Additional Cast & Crew:

  • Sean Davis
  • Oliva Marques
  • Nora Furtado
  • David Lipshutz
  • Christopher Boardman
  • Steven Rys
  • McKinley Schroeder


  • Best Short Film Providence 48 Hour Film Festival
  • Best Writing Award
  • Best Actress Award
  • Best Use of Prop Award
  • Most Charming Robot Award
A Personal Assistant Liason (PAL) looks on to his replacement, a younger high-tech device

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About the Author
About the Author

Drew Furtado is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, and leader of a nationally recognized high school media arts communication department .

He develops guides and strategies for nonprofit and educational organizations to improve and grow their social media presence, website development, and communication practices that best engages audiences.

New Bedford, Massachusetts

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