Karen Valby
March 14, 2013 AT 05:02 PM EDT

You’re at the SXSW festival, thinking you’re watching a fairly typical short about young love gone tediously, toxically bad when suddenly someone impales themselves on a glass coffee table. Matt Spicer’s dark comedy short It’s Not You, It’s Me, which has been playing all week as part of the shorts program, stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) in a clever snapshot of a woman dangerously pushed to the brink. Spicer, who wrote the script with his brother Eric, says Jacobs’ character was in part inspired by an ex-girlfriend who used to be so physically repulsed by the sight and sound of him eating cereal that she would have to leave the room.

The 28-year-old first-time director shot It’s Not You, It’s Me in three days in the living room of his Los Angeles apartment. “I didn’t tell my landlord,” he tells EW, “and we’re spraying blood everywhere, smashing tables. Of course my landlady showed up halfway through and freaked out and threatened to shut us down.'”

Art prevailed and now after a successful run at SXSW, Spicer is hoping someone will be impressed enough to trust him to direct his first feature off his new dark comedy script. In the meantime he and Max Winkler (Henry Winkler’s son and a buddy from USC film school) are busy prepping The Coward, their adaptation of a Nick Jones play that Spicer describes as “Barry Lyndon meets Trading Places,” which will hopefully go into production this summer. Girls star Adam Driver will play the lead, with Winkler at the helm.

Watch a clip of It’s Not You, It’s Me below:

Read all of EW’s SXSW film coverage here.

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