Breaking Upwards (2009) is an American debut feature-length narrative romance film by Daryl Wein (director, co-writer, producer and a lead player); with: Zoe Lister-Jones (co-writer, producer and a lead player); Peter Duchan (co-writer and associate producer); and Sheena Lister (line producer). It explores a young, real-life New York couple battling codependency who intricately strategize their own break up. Cited as an example of independent film industry sweat equity. Made on location (Manhattan and Brooklyn) on a ~$15,000 budget. Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival (March, 2009). Opened in theaters: New York City, New York (April 2, 2010).