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Brooke Lenzi Presents: A short film about a young woman who is given a mission by her cult leader to prove she's a devoted follower. Read more

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Brooke Lenzi Presents: A short film about a young woman who is given a mission by her cult leader to prove she's a devoted follower.

Los Angeles, CA Shorts
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The Story

Katie, a young woman looking for answers, was lead to join a small all female cult three months ago. Struggling to find her identity in her new home, Katie is called upon by her cult leader to recruit someone from her previous life, not only to prove her devotion, but also to secure the future of the cult itself. Upon re-entering her old life, Katie recognizes similarities between her cult and her old social click; realizing she’s been a follower for much longer than three months.

Why $5,500?

$5,500 will allow us to shoot JOIN US over the span of two days in Los Angeles at the end of August. The funds will feed the cast and crew and pay for insurance, permits, locations, production design, props, wardrobe necessary equipment and appropriate transportation.

We plan on going into post-production after wrapping in early September for sound design, editing, and music composition. After the film is completed we will submit it to festivals such as Festival de Cannes, Sundance, South By Southwest, and Los Angeles Film Festivals.

Our Team

Brooke Lenzi  Writer, Producer, "Alex"

Brooke Lenzi is the co-creator of Sarah's Ghost, which was a finalist in the 2012 Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition, as well as Nobodies, a finalist in the 2013 Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition. Brooke has parlayed her comedic talents from improv stages (IO West & UCB) into a career on screen in films like The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard, Strange Wilderness, and on TV in (GAC) The Henry Cho Show, and (Comedy Central) The Review With Forrest MacNeil. Brooke currently writes and performs comedy sketches with Hugs & Puppies, and is pursuing her passion for writing/developing comedic and dramatic films.

Calvin Robertson  Director

Cal Robertson began acting as a teenager in the film ZERO DAY and went on to appear in several television shows and films. He graduated in Linguistics and Film Production in the CUNY Baccalaureate program in NYC and has been working the last few years as a cinematographer, shooting numerous short films and corporate spots, and the feature films DOOMSDAYS and GREEN PINE 9. He has directed several short films, and his short films LITTLE BROTHER and DOG GHOST have been selected at several film festivals. Cal is currently a Director at the American Film Institute Conservatory.  

Nate Hurtsellers Cinematographer

Nate Hurtsellers is an award winning cinematographer based in Los Angeles. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies from New York University, Nate began working as a commercial and narrative cinematographer on independent films, music videos, and commercial projects in Atlanta and New York. Nate recently wrapped principal photography on the feature film HEAVY WATER, and will be returning to the American Film Institute this fall to complete his MFA in Cinematography. 

Trevor Worley  Producer

A Florida native, Trevor graduated from Flagler College with a BA in Communication: Broadcasting in 2007. He was an operating partner at Late September Productions specializing in short films and promotional videos, producing three seasons of the music-based spotlight show LOCAL JUKEBOX. Trevor began his career in the Los Angeles market in the development department at the Academy Award-winning Voltage Pictures. More recently, Trevor established himself as a top performing account executive at Marked Entertainment, a global entertainment marketing agency specializing in product placement for high-profile TV shows and feature films. Currently, Trevor is a fellow at the AFI Conservatory with a concentration in Producing.

Gurjeet Kaur Bassi  Producer

Gurjeet has been filmmaking for over 5 years and has produced and directed over 25 video projects through the company she co-founded, The New BEAT. As a producer, Gurjeet has made music videos and short films with acclaimed artists/directors. Her most recent work, a short film she directed and produced, was an official selection at the Reel World International Film Festival. She also has extensive production experience as an assistant to top talent on productions such as THE KENNEDYS, BLUE BLOODS, LIFE WITH BOYS and DEFIANCE. Gurjeet has spent the last year studying at the American Film Institute as a Producing Fellow and has so far produced 3 short films in the program.

Ed lee Consulting Producer

Ed Lee is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he graduated with high honors in Film Studies and Political Science and the Steven J. Ross Award for his thesis film "Meat John Doe." He has been on the writing staff of several television shows including “The Drew Carey Show," "Class of 3000," and, most recently, "Are You There, Chelsea?" He is currently writing feature films as a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute.

Mike Smith Editor

Mike is a second year Editing Fellow at the AFI Conservatory. During his first year, Michael competed for and won the American Cinema Editors Student Editing Competition at the 63rd Annual 2013 A.C.E. EDDIE Awards. Prior to AFI, he worked as editor and videographer for production companies in Los Angeles, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Recently, Michael worked as a cinematographer on the documentary Medora, which premiered at the SXSW film festival in March 2013 to pretty dang good reviews.

Risks and challenges

Making a film, regardless of the budget, can be a challenge. It's a miracle anything ever gets made! But since this particular project has such a small budget that will cover all of the basic needs we have, we are more than confident that our film will make it to the finish line. If road bumps do arise in the process, our team of highly qualified producers will utilize their savvy producing skills to ensure this film is completed and our vision is fulfilled.

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