Briana Frapart

Briana Frapart
Briana Frapart

Briana Frapart is a winner of a $100 Merit Award in the category Florida Student Filmmaker: Florida Student filmmakers: Atlantic & Pacific Productions Award of the 2011 HCC-Ybor Festival of the Moving Image Florida Filmmakers Contest. She won for her entry, the documentary American Nightmare: Made in China.

About Briana Frapart

Director Briana Frapart grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Throughout middle school and high school, she developed a strong passion for movies. With the support of her family and friends, Briana was accepted to Florida State University's Undergraduate Film School to live out her dream of "one day becoming a great filmmaker".

During her freshman year, she was the Unit Production Manager on the Emmy Award-Winning MFA Thesis film entitled Picture Day. Since then, she has produced short films such as A Trophy for Miriam Lovebird and Sunshower, and worked as the second assistant director on other shorts such as Dead Dogs and Sounds in Utero.

Now a senior, she has recently finished directing, American Nightmare: Made in China, her first short documentary, and her third short film, Baby, Be My Superstar.

In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, reading, baking, playing the piano and traveling. She hopes to continue her film career upon graduation and is interested in production work such as producing, directing, and grip and electric. Briana looks forward to successfully "telling compelling stories on the big screen" for the rest of her life.

American Nightmare: Made in China
Canning jars used to preserve samples of corrosive Chinese drywall

About American Nightmare: Made in China

Between 2004 and 2006, the U.S. experienced a shortage of gypsum wallboard because of the housing boom in states like Florida.

Because demand exceeded the supply of U.S. manufactured board, a certain kind of drywall was imported into the U.S. from China. Within a couple of years after this drywall was used to build many dream homes, hazardous effects began to show themselves throughout these so-called "brand new" buildings. These hazards included the scent of rotten eggs, respiratory problems, nosebleeds, pet injuries, and metal corrosion.

Innocent homeowners have found themselves in a tremendous amount of financial debt with no one to run to but lawyers. So far, at least three thousand homeowners have filed cases. These homeowners are fighting back to protect their families' safety, as well as getting what they wanted in the first place: their dream homes.