Breaking Upwards is a 2009 American film directed by Daryl Wein. Wein's first feature-length narrative film, it stars himself, Zoe Lister-Jones, Julie White, Peter Friedman, Olivia Thirlby and Andrea Martin, and was co-written with Lister-Jones. Breaking Upwards explores a young, real-life New York couple who, battling codependency, decide to intricately strategize their own break up. The film was made on locations in New York and Brooklyn on a budget of ~$15,000, and cited as an example of sweat equity in the indie film industry. Breaking Upwards premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, 2009.