Tortoise tells the story of a young woman trapped between responsibility and a desire for adventure. When Robbyn, a young mother, sees an opportunity for escape she takes it without considering the consequences. The road ahead is filled with excitement as well as reminders of what she left behind.


Written, Directed and Edited by
Mahalia Cohen

Produced by
Mahalia Cohen and Brendan Daw

Cinematography by
Frank Ruy

First Assistant Directors
Craig Johnson and Dagmar Tatarczyk

Sound Recording
Nick Ordway

Additional Sound Recording
Ron Eyal

Boom Operator
Etienne Kallos

John Nijawhan

First Assistant Camera
Tom Perry

Second Assistant Camera
Bobby Webster

Key Grip
Andrew Maclean

Mark Heyman

Sasie Sealy

Production Design by
Jason Kass and Oriana Lewton-Leopold

Costumes by
Oriana Lewton-Leopold

Jewelry Design by
Gabriella Lewton-Leopold and Myranda Go

Produced in association with
New York University
Tisch School of the Arts
Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Graduate Film Division

Shot on location in New Jersey, USA


Shauna Kelly – Robbyn
Lisa Kerekes – Lori
Paul Klementowicz – Jim
Sidney Kroberger – Alice