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The Shift (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 February 2015 (USA)
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THE SHIFT is the story of one 12 hour night shift in the ER where a veteran nurse, who struggles with the haunting guilt of his brother's drowning, is forced to train a new nurse. The ... See full summary »


Lee Cipolla


Leo Oliva (as Leonel Oliva)
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Credited cast:
Leo Oliva ... Kayle
Casey Fitzgerald ... Amanda
Danny Glover ... Floyd
Genesis Ochoa ... Emily
Sara Castro ... Carmen
Andrew Dionese Andrew Dionese ... Allen
Brad Benedict ... Curtis
Patrick Dillon Curry ... Jimmy
Kameshia Duncan Kameshia Duncan ... Kenya
Nadja Hoyer-Booth ... Jenn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Banacka ... Dr. Quinlan
Rafael Christian Rafael Christian ... Mr. Ortega
David Cohen ... Nurse
Belkys Cordero ... Primary Nurse
Kay D'Arcy Kay D'Arcy ... Rose


THE SHIFT is the story of one 12 hour night shift in the ER where a veteran nurse, who struggles with the haunting guilt of his brother's drowning, is forced to train a new nurse. The veteran nurse, Kayle (Leonel Oliva), and the new nurse, Amanda (Casey Fitzgerald), are at odds throughout the story because, while they both struggle with the spiritual turmoil of what is right and wrong, they have both come to very different conclusions. Kayle, who was trained by Floyd (Danny Glover), believes in doing whatever is best for the patient, even if that means letting them rest in peace. Amanda believes you should fight for everyone until there is nothing left. While Kayle and Amanda take care of several patients that night, there is one patient, a young girl named Emily (Genesis Ochoa), who makes them question their beliefs. Emily is dying of cancer and has come to the ER due to another infection. The dichotomy of Emily's bravery and her mother's distress eats at the hearts of the two nurses... Written by Oliva Productions, Inc.

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Release Date:

24 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Lead actor/Writer/Producer Leonel Oliva is still a practicing Registered Nurse in Los Angeles, California. See more »


Amanda: I just... feel like your treating me like I'm doing everything wrong.
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A look into compassion
29 March 2015 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

Director Lee Cipolla and writer Leo Oliva have packed a lot of emotion, humanism, and story into a film that isn't even one hour and thirty minutes long. Once the story starts you are swept up into the events on this one night in a hospital emergency room. Each character has their own story and even though the viewer does not know all the facts behind each person you are taken in by their presence on the screen.

Many questions are presented for you to consider - What is caring?, What is compassion?, Where can a human separate himself from the emotional needs of others? The life of an ER doctor or nurse is both rewarding and defeating at times. And they also have emotional needs they must deal with in their own way.

This little flick is a jewel you will want to watch more than once if your are a person that enjoys thinking and trying to walk a mile in another persons shoes.

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