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Schmoolie, an Orthodox Jewish teen spends his first night alone guarding a body awaiting burial, and ends up fighting for his own life.
Schmoolie, an Orthodox Jewish teen spends his first night alone guarding a body awaiting burial, and ends up fighting for his own life.
Schmoolie, an Orthodox Jewish teen spends his first night alone guarding a body awaiting burial, and ends up fighting for his own life.
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Our goal number is for the essentials only:

  • Permits and insurance required by The City of Los Angeles and The Screen Actors Guild ($2,700.)
  • Our fantastic location ($1,500.)
  • Camera package and lenses ($1,233)
  • Lighting package and generator ($2,152.)

 Although this is a short film, we truly believe that this project is viable enough to invest in a larger budget. Because it is a stylized piece, we wish for that level of authenticity and we are looking to rent further equipment  to add that aesthetic that we're truly looking for. Once this goal is reached, we have a stretch goal of $12,000. The additional funds would be used for our sound package, wardrobe, make-up, props and art, musical score, post production costs, and of coarse craft service/catering. 

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Our amazing cast:

Jesse Heiman as Schmoolie Lazar
Jesse Heiman as Schmoolie Lazar

“The World’s Greatest Extra” and “That Guy”, Jesse Heiman is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood, appearing in over 75 films and commercials. Chances are you've seen him in movies such as The Social Network, Spider-Man, and Old School; or TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, and The Mindy Project; not to mention dozens of national commercials such as Volkswagen, Citibank, Vonage, Metro PCS, and Prego. One of Jesse’s most recent commercials, which garnered worldwide attention, had him locking lips with supermodel Bar Rafaeli during the 2013 Super Bowl spot. Viewed by over one billion awestruck onlookers, it firmly cemented Jesse’s claim in modern pop culture. The media and celebrities took notice and asked Jesse to be in their projects. He continued his make-out session following the Super Bowl with Jamie Pressly in Michael Bublé’s music video, A Beautiful Day. Jay Leno sent him to the famed Vanity Fair Oscar Party where he hob-nobbed with A-List celebrities and reported on the night. Born in Boston and having lived in Austin, Texas, Jesse moved to Los Angeles to chase the Hollywood dream in 2000. He quickly found his niche and his transition from background work to supporting and leading roles was smooth.

 Jesse is no stranger to working with Hollywood heavyweights, having garnered a solid reputation as the go-to awkwardly charming nerd. Previously directed by Tom Hanks in Larry Crowne and Steven Spielberg in Catch Me If You Can, Jesse’s professional acting career is already impressive and continues to grow. Jesse just wrapped filming Townies with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and snatched a role in James Franco’s new film As I Lay Dying. Director Michael Bay even requested that Jesse appear in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

David Barrera as Burro
David Barrera as Burro

David Barrera is familiar to television audiences from his numerous appearances on hit shows including Heroes, CSI: Miami, The Closer, N.C.I.S., Medium, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, The West Wing and 24 for which he received an ALMA Award nomination. David had the great opportunity to play Gunnery Sgt. Ray 'Casey Kasem' Griego in the critically acclaimed Generation Kill, a seven part HBO Miniseries which follows twenty-three marines of First Recon who spearheaded the blitzkrieg on Iraq during the summer of 2003. Generation Kill was executive produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, creators of the critically acclaimed The Wire. Most recently, David was seen in recurring roles on Southland, The Bridge and on the Halloween episode of Grimm where he played a father whose son is taken by La Llorona. David has been seen in films such as Universal’s family comedy Evan Almighty starring Steve Carrell. Other film credits include Infinity with Matthew Broderick, The United States of Leeland, starring Don Cheadle, and No Way Back, with Russell Crowe. Barrera is most proud of Cruzando, an independent film shot in his home town of San Juan, Texas. David received his BFA from the prestigious acting conservatory at Southern Methodist University and was awarded his MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at The University of California, San Diego. While at U.C.S.D he was awarded the Princess Grace Award in acting.

Mark Kelly as Perro
Mark Kelly as Perro

  Virginia born/Oregon raised Mark’s current feature work includes a starring role in the Jay and Mark Duplass movie The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (Fox Searchlight), the starring role in Removal (Lionsgate) with Billy Burke, Oz Perkins, Emma Caufield and Elliot Gould directed by Nick Simon, and a lead role in Answers To Nothing with Dane Cook, Julie Benz, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Barbara Hershey (Roadside Attractions). Mark’s T.V. credits include the recurring role as Dale in Mad Men, Touch, Childrens’ Hospital, CSI, CSI: NY, Alias, Angel, and a series regular on VH1’s comedy I Hate My 30's. His stage roles include Han Solo in Patrick T. Gorman’s The Star Wars Saga in 60 Minutes (world premiere), Lemuel Pitkin in The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin (world premiere) directed by Michael Uppendahl, Eddie in Fool For Love, and Ben Cook in National Anthems (European premiere). He has thrice appeared in Edinburgh, Scotland’s Festival Fringe performing live in over 17 productions and holds a B.F.A. degree in acting from the University of Southern California. Mark is married to actress Breanna Pine and has two kids Hoyt and Greta.

WHO WE ARE:

Theresa Gallagher-Writer/Executive Producer
Theresa Gallagher-Writer/Executive Producer

Theresa is a writer, producer and actress based in Los Angeles. She is a proud alum. of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts West as well as The Coronet Theatre's Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble. She has worked  in both New York and Los Angeles including The Good Steno, directed by Paul Ben Victor at October Fest NYC, and Out Clause, directed by Joe Cacaci at The Guild Theatre NY. Theresa has co-starred in the feature films Dead and Breakfast (Sci-Fi Channel), Stranger In My House (Lifetime Network) as well as the short films, Another Happy Anniversary (Dir. Miranda Bailey) and Alphaseries (Dir. Toks Olagundoye). She is most proud of her role on the PBS  series, Copshop where she had the honor to work along side Richard Dreyfus and Rita Moreno. 


Theresa wrote and starred in  the original comedies, The Bitches Brew at The Lillian Theatre, Phrases Of Validation In Hollywood at The Red Room NYC, and the critically acclaimed modern farce, Feeding The Monkey In Hollywood at Gardner Stages (LA's Top Ten Best Play in LA) . Her scripts have been hailed as , "..rapid fire Lucy Ricardo routines interpreted by Cheech and Chong"--Backstage West, "..acerbically golden "--Entertainment Weekly  and "…guaranteed to leave you howling"--Los Angeles Magazine. 

 Currently, she is developing two episodic filmed comedies, HONEY AND CLOVER and DIRTY LAUNDRY with comedian Jackie Monahan (Showtime, Chelsea Handler, Sundance 2014 Official Selection The Foxy Merkins)

Michael Ray Escamilla-Director
Michael Ray Escamilla-Director
Michael Ray Escamilla is an award winning director, writer, actor and producer based in Los Angeles.  He has collaborated with award winning playwrights and screenwriters such as Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries), Craig Wright (Six Feet Under, LOST, Dirty Sexy Money), Naomi Iizuka (36 Views, Polaroid Stories).
Television credits include: Law and Order (CI) and (SVU), The Job (Dennis Leary), Dark Blue, Cold Case, Dexter, CSI MIAMI, Chase and Conviction.
Feature Films Include: Heavy Petting, The Orphan Killer, Junkyard Jesus, and Family Values. Michael also co-wrote/co-directed CRUZANDO, his first feature film, which has been selected for several film festivals and won Mexico International Film Festival’s Silver Palm Award (the award is given to films that demonstrate standout filmmaking), Best Foreign Film by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and Best Narrative Award from Athens International Film Festival. Cruzando has been picked up by Vanguard Entertainment and is currently released. He is the recipient of the prestigious OBIE Award, Helen Hayes Award, and The Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor Award (SA Film Festival).

Bo Bilstrup-Director of Photography
Bo Bilstrup-Director of Photography

A native of Denmark, Bo Bilstrup has been fascinated by movies since childhood. At the age of 16, he bought a second hand analogue camera and experimented with still photography.  Through the use of film stock and a black and white enlarger,  he went on to learn how to develop film in various ways.

Bo started out working as a gaffer in Copenhagen, learning the art of painting with light.  With great skill mastering light and shadow, he moved up and started working as a Director of Photography on a wide variety of films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. He moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and has since been commuting between LA, Copenhagen, and London to work on numerous projects.
Bo’s work has been nominated for a Kodak Award. He has received grants and accolades for his achievements within his field. His latest film, Nuummioq, was highly praised in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter during screenings at Sundance 2010.  The Film was also shortlisted for an Oscar 2011. He is currently in high demand as a cinematographer on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bo has developed his own distinctive style of cinematography with a keen artistic and versatile understanding of the interplay between light and motion. He strives to create an environment of meticulously placed light to illuminate, but never distract from the inner human experience told by the actor and captured by the camera.

Diana C. Zollicoffer
Diana C. Zollicoffer

 Diana C. Zollicoffer began her career on stage in Washington, DC and New York. In Fall 2011-Spring 2012, she produced “Innocent Flesh” in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. Innocent Flesh was nominated for two (2) NAACP 2013 Theatre Awards. Her first screenplay “My Type of Woman” is being developed by Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit, All State Insurance spokesperson.). Diana produced several shorts and web series including “Q: The Secret Agent Next Door”, “Doogie Bag”. She’s an Associate Producer on the award-winning web series “Bloomers.” She produced, wrote and directed “AGAPE: 25th Anniversary” documentary short and stage directed a special benefit for The Premiere Oncology Foundation produced by Dottie Archibald (Punchline) and hosted by Bradley Whitford (Saving Mr. Banks, Trophy Wife,The West Wing.)

Diana has a background in marketing and advertising and also once worked at the United Nations in New York. She’s on the Board of Directors ofmmp.organd has done pro-bono projects for various charities in New York and Los Angeles. Diana is a special consultant on the Advisory Board for the KungFu World Publication and has been honored by the a special group of Chinese Emissaries in Texas for promoting diversity in the Arts.

Currently, Diana is also producing two feature films in New Orleans, Louisiana -- "FU: a love story in reverse"  and "Trial by Jerry".

Najeeb Khuda-Co-Producer
Najeeb Khuda-Co-Producer

Najeeb is the Founder and CEO of Endless Media, LLC a dynamic production company creating inventive and original media through a wide variety of distribution networks. 

Prior to Endless Media, Najeeb worked for 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures in a variety of differing capacities spanning development, production, and distribution. He worked on the development and release of films such as Prometheus, The Wolverine, Life of Pi, American Hustle, The Amazing Spider Man 2, and 22 Jump Street. Having graduated from The George Washington University, where he studied marketing, finance, business management, and film studies, Najeeb comes equipped with an understanding of how to build films from the ground up and sell that product to a wide audience. Ambition being his driving force, Najeeb uses all the resources at his disposal to elevate every project he works on in order to create truly engaging films.

Andrew Joustra-Co-Producer
Andrew Joustra-Co-Producer

 Andrew is a writer, producer and director originally from Lockport, New York. He's an alumni of the University of Florida where he studied production and began making films. Now based in Los Angeles, Andrew has experience in television and film having, worked in production for America's Next Top Model and several independent shorts including Sweetpea (2012) Pixar Animation Studios Co-Op, Moldy (2013) and Home (2014). He's also the Chief Creative officer for Endless Media, LLC. Currently Andrew is producing several independent films, developing a Web comedy series and his first feature film, Revenge of Robot Monster.

Joshua Gabai-Religious Consultant
Joshua Gabai-Religious Consultant

Joshua Gabai is a supervisor for one of the largest kosher establishments in Southern California. In 2007, he graduated from a religious high school in Hollywood and has since worked with several wineries, restaurants, food distributors and caterers.Joshua enjoys spending his free time in nature and deeply cares about the ecosystem.

Cory Misek-Associate Producer
Cory Misek-Associate Producer
Cory is an actor, director, acting coach, youth instructor, and artistic consultant originally hailing from the distant land of Nebraska. In 2010, Cory received B.F.A.'s in both acting and directing from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He was a proud board member of the Lofte Community Theatre from 2012-2014, during which he established the Lofte Theatre's first ever ongoing youth theatre program. He has had the pleasure to work on multiple projects with the nationally acclaimed Flatwater Shakespeare company with critically acclaimed director and comic book artist Bob Hall. 
Memorable stage directing credits include: an award-winning production of Almost, Maine at the 2013 NACT statewide competition (The Lofte Theatre - 2013); the 2012 galactic premiere of a new Star Wars stage musical entitled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star written by Curt Bright of The String Beans music group (Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln - 2012); Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost (Stewards of Shakespeare - 2010 Summer parks tour troupe founded by Cory); Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire (2009). Notable acting credits include: Leo Bloom in The Producers (The Lofte Theatre - 2013); NACT winner of best actor for his performance of Dave in Almost, Maine (NACT - 2013); Angel in Rent (2010).
Rob Nelson-Associate Producer
Rob Nelson-Associate Producer

Rob Nelson is a writer, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles. He attended Colgate University; where he competed in Division 1 lacrosse, and went onto receive degrees in Film and International Relations. In addition to appearing in such films as “Primrose Lane,” “Bad Parents,” “Exposure” and “How Do You Know,” Rob has spent time working alongside producers at  companies including: Fox Meadow Films, Peck Entertainment and Temple Hill.

Currently, Rob is developing several feature projects but is most committed to producing and starring in his own screenplay – a drama based on true life events.

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