HACKING HIGH SCHOOL
STORY: A comedic anthology about the perils of teenage life, from A's to zits.
segment director / co-writer /producer
STARRING: Veronica and Vanessa Merrell, Spencer Watson, Carrie Rad, Griffin Arnlund, Sam Potorff
Produced for AwesomenessTV and distributed on Verizon go90.
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STORY: The developers of a new dating app recruit Jake Michaels, the most hopelessly awkward, out-of-touch geek they can find, to beta-test their platform and star in a reality show about the experience. While the developers hope for a viral marketing jackpot, Jake is in it strictly for the love.
STARRING: Zachary Fineman, Natalie Dreyfuss, Natalie Lander, Marco Naggar, Daniel Fernandez
TEEN SURVIVAL GUIDE
co-creator / director / producer
STARRING: The Merrell Twins, Bobby Mares, Griffin Arnlund, Brennen Taylor
STORY: Twin sisters Vanessa and Veronica navigate high school life with the help
of their own witty and sometimes surreal advice guide.
Produced for AwesomenessTV.
STORY: A tight-fisted empty-nester goes to extreme lengths in order to snag the senior discount a few years early. But how long will his petty little scheme last?
STARRING: Warren Sweeney, Joey Luthman, Rob Moore, Natalie Lander
WINNER, Best Comedy Short, Sedona Int'l Film Festival;
WINNER, Best Short, Interrobang Film Festival (Des Moines Festival of Art);
Naples Film Festival; Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival; Durango Film Festival; Breckenridge Film Festival; San Luis Obispo Int'l Film Festival; La Costa Film Festival.
THE JENNIES (VOLUNTEER)
STORY: Jenny and Jennie might not be the brightest gems in the Harry Winston case, but they still do their best to follow their hearts, see the best in others, and make the most of any situation.
Today, they're visiting a food bank.
Meet the Jennies at the link below, and drop a line to check out our treatment for a full-length series.
director / co-creator / producer / editor
STARRING: Brittany Ross, Natalie Lander, Angel Parker, Galadriel Stineman, John Charles Meyer
THE LISTING AGENT
STORY: A down-on-his-luck real estate agent has one last chance to sell a home before losing his own to foreclosure. But when his listing finally gets an offer, he'll have to obey his out-of-town client's unorthodox demands before closing the deal.
STARRING: Joel Murray, Margaret Easley, Norma Micheals
WINNER, Audience Award | Best Narrative Short, Napa Valley Film Festival WINNER, Jury Prize Hon. Mention | Narrative Short, Napa Valley Film Festival WINNER, Spirit of Independence Award, Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival
Distributed by AMC Networks and also available on Amazon Prime.
STORY: Jim would do anything to impress the family of his bride-to-be, Kate. But when his future brother-in-law drags him skydiving as a rite of family initiation, he worries he may not make it to "happily ever after."
35MM SHORT FILM*
STARRING: Craig Zimmerman, Scott Krinsky, Lindsey McKeon, David A. Cooper
WINNER, Best Comedy, Malibu Film Festival; WINNER, Audience Award | Best Short, La Costa Film Festival; NOMINEE, Hollywood Discovery Award, Hollywood Film Festival; Napa Valley Film Festival; San Luis Obispo Int'l Film Festival; Maui Film Festival; Distributed by Canal+, NBC/Universal, and Shorts International
* = shared positions with Matthew Helfgott, as part of their Hillman/Helfgott endeavors