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A short film about millennial angst and an undead corpse in a bathtub.
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COME BE CREEPY WITH US is a campy horror short and millennial nightmare that follows Anna, a young woman stuck in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, who learns how to keep on living when visited by the undead spirit of a drowned camper. It’s a movie about emerging adulthood and millennial angst, about letting go of our pasts and embracing what it means to grow up. 

 Visual References.

Here's what the film will look like and feel like...

Old Gregg, Virgin Suicides, It Follows,  and Jennifer's Body.
Old Gregg, Virgin Suicides, It Follows, and Jennifer's Body.

Story

Anna is a twenty-something living in Los Angeles. She used to be a complete bad-bitch and had her shit together...but then her boyfriend left her and she got fired from her job. Her well-meaning but basic friends, Aaron and Carly, can’t give her the support she needs during this deep melancholy. Anna is feeling stagnant, insecure, and helpless...but then the living corpse of a woman comes up through her bathtub drain. This zombie-esque thing turns out to be Bonnie, who was a young camper at Camp Dark Lake many years before. Bonnie drowned in the lake when Anna was a counselor in charge of watching the campers. Initially seeking revenge, Bonnie befriends Anna as they both find they are struggling with some of the same issues. They smoke a little weed, drink some champagne and make some friendship bracelets but eventually must learn to move on without each other.

Director's Statement

Our fearless leader, Beth Fletcher, before it gets dark...
Our fearless leader, Beth Fletcher, before it gets dark...

"Recently I've been discovering how terrifying it can be to try to figure out how to 'be' without being told what to do. I no longer have schedules for school, I don't have any sort of consistency at work, and to be quite honest it feels like I'm lost alot of the time. When I was a kid my mom always told me to stay put. "If you're lost, stay where you are and I'll come find you". But here's the kicker: no one's coming to find me. 

Anna is very much in the same spot I've been in, one that I believe we've all been in at some point or another. Trying to figure out where to go next, and letting that fear of not knowing keep you where you are. She feels trapped by her fear, unable to move forward, but knowing there's no going back. Through the creation of a swampy, stylized design and the humor that Michael packed into the script, my hope is that this film will offer up inspiration for people who are feeling the same way. Maybe we haven't found a solution but at least we can help them know that that feeling is real, and that they're not just losing it. I want to alleviate the lonely feeling that comes along with being stuck. I want people to know they're not alone in that, and they're not failing at entering adulthood.  

COME BE CREEPY WITH US came into my life at the exact moment when I needed it, much as Bonnie does for Anna. Bonnie shows Anna a way to escape, quite literally, but she also shows her that no matter what the situation, even if your dead spirit is trapped in a lake, there's always a way out."

Check out some of Beth's previous work below...

Why Us?

Work it.
Work it.

It's not already obvious...? You need more convincing?

Jk. Here's why. 

Most of our team has collaborated together in the past and share a singular vision for this strange, fun, and poignant movie. At our core we are a funny and weird group of hardworking artists. 

Also, we are striving for a female dominated set and putting women in as many key roles as possible. With our current hires the women to men ratio is 7:4.   

Michael Calciano, Coyote, and Beth Fletcher at Camp Dark Lake.
Michael Calciano, Coyote, and Beth Fletcher at Camp Dark Lake.

Here are some of our key players...

Beth Fletcher (Director) - Beth Fletcher has created a wide variety of short films, documentaries and music videos. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in Directing in both the Film and Drama programs. Her work has been programmed in a multitude of festivals including RiverRun International, Series Fest, Toronto International and many more. She was also a 2017 Horizon award Semi-Finalist. Her love of magical realism comes through brightly in her narrative shorts and grasp on something beyond the surface in her documentaries. Currently residing in New York City.

Michael Calciano (Screenwriter/Producer)-  Writing credits include web series SPACE AVAILABLE (upcoming), QUARTET; A THREE PART COMEDY, and many many hilarious sketches. Member of BENIGN INTERVENTION improv team. Recent acting credits include REEFER MADNESS (The PIT; Barwine Productions), RICHARD III (4th St. Theatre; Bridge Production Group), GREGOR (Access Theatre; InVersion Theatre) BFA: UNC School of the Arts. Instagram: @neeshcalneesh

Adelaide Lummis (“Anna”/Producer)- A native of Houston, Texas, Adelaide moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Recent film credits include BURYING YASMEEN (starring Elaine Hendrix and Niki Koss), BINDLESTIFFS (later picked up by Kevin Smith) and ALIEN INSECURITIES produced by Mike Langer.

Jasmine Kimiko (“Bonnie”)- Graduate of UNCSA, School of Drama. NYC/Regional: Juliet in ROMEO & JULIET (The Brick). Worked with Lincoln Center Education and the NYC Fringe Fest in the all female clown troupe, The Newborns. Produced and played Nina in the NYC premiere of THE NINA VARIATIONS (Bridge Production Group), and was Hansel in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s HANSEL AND GRETEL. TV: OFF THE MAP, HAWAII 5-0. A recent transplant to LA, catch her in the upcoming film MAN IN THE MIDDLE.

Coyote (DP/Cinematographer)-  Jesse Coyote Sanchez-Strauss is a DP based in NYC. After earning her BFA at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she quickly moved to NYC to work in the film industry, working non stop as a cinematographer ever since. She has also been the Director of Photography on various narrative films, some of which have gone to festivals like RiverRun and Cucalorus. She is also a Steadicam operator and owner. Link to her reel here: https://vimeo.com/220054048

Ede Bell-Crowder (Editor)- New York based editor originating from Los Angeles, California despite her small-town-boy personality. She graduated from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in picture editing and sound design. Her work has premiered at Cannes International Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, and at the Writers Guild of America in Los Angeles, California. She received the Five Continents International Film Festival’s award for Best Editing Short Film for VOYAGER PEN-15. She loves to explore comedy throughout other genres of film and therefore is very excited to be a part of this creepy team.

Abraham Bengio (First AD)- Born in Montreal where he studied Biochemistry for one year before following his passion for Producing at UNCSA School of Filmmaking. In the last four years he has produced six high budget short films, two commercials, and music videos. His last film SHADES premiered domestically at the Cucalorus Film Festival and internationally in Ulm, Germany. Abraham started his professional career as a Director’s Assistant to award winner Brett Haley, on his latest film HEARTS BEAT LOUD. Abraham currently works in Los Angeles, in International Sales and Finance at leading entertainment company, Endeavor Content.

Little Worms Creative (Producer)- Little Worms Creative is a company composed of actor Mike Labbadia and theatre artist Matthew T. Messina. Little Worms produces stories that speak to the pariah buried within us all.The current state of our world has made it easier for the pariah to tunnel up, or be dug out. As the traditional idea of the American Dream decomposes and rots away, Little Worms come to feed on the remains. From the fodder left behind, grows a new definition of our collective hopes and dreams.

Our Dream for this Nightmare.

We have the highest hopes for this movie and ambitious goals for its future. Festivals...you bet. A distribution deal...yessir. We want to guarantee as many eyes as possible see this film.

In addition to spreading its creepy message far and wide, the finished product will offer all of us important exposure as artists and secure future investors for our work. 

Be sure to follow our progress on Instagram @comebecreepy_film !

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Risks and challenges

Risk is inherent in every low budget film but we're certain we can make this work. Our team, though young, consists of working professionals in the film industry, people who are passionate and experienced in making really great movies. More importantly than this experience, however, is the experience we have truly doing-it-ourselves, working with limited time, limited space, and stretching a dollar very far. We have the creative capabilities, resourcefulness and skill to breathe life into this creepy thing, all we need now is your support!

Thank you very much... #becreepy #staycreepy

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    Alright, you are OFFICIALLY a counselor. Congratulations, dude. You have joined an elite rung of the ladder here at Camp Dark Lake. With that is your very own Camp Dark Lake T-Shirt and exclusive invite to the screening party in NYC.

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    You have made your bones here at Dark Lake and proven you are full of camp pride! We'd like to offer you an administrative role as Program Coordinator at Camp Dark Lake as well as a Producer credit for our film.

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