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In 1958 Palm Springs, an exiled cop is pulled into a web of corruption revolving around Hollywood’s biggest star.
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Set in Palm Springs 1958, SHANGRI-LA is the story about Hollywood “it girl”, Vera Thompson who has been isolated to the desert with her mob boyfriend. While at another one of his clandestine parties, Vera meets a young ex-cop, Morris, who has returned to his hometown of Palm Springs to follow a lead on his partner’s murder.

Image taken from our Storyboard.
Image taken from our Storyboard.

Influenced by such classics as SUNSET BOULEVARD, TOUCH OF EVIL, CHINATOWN, and a twist of humor à la ED WOOD, SHANGRI-LA is a sun soaked noir set in the sprawling, California desert. 

Sketch made especially for our character, Vera, by dress designer, Micah Clasper-Torch.
Sketch made especially for our character, Vera, by dress designer, Micah Clasper-Torch.
Image taken from our Storyboard.
Image taken from our Storyboard.

ENVER GJOKAJ - Playing "Morris Thorne"

We are thrilled to have Enver on board playing our male lead, Morris!  

The Character: Recently fired from the LAPD for noncompliance (or as he would put it, "arguing with the Chief"), Morris is a young, novice ex-cop who hasn’t quite found his footing yet. Having just returned to his hometown of Palm Springs, we meet Morris as he follows up on a lead involving his partner’s murder. He discovers that the thread entangles not only the mob but also Hollywood’s biggest star, Vera Thompson. Oftentimes overly confident, and occasionally bluffing his way through certain situations, we’ll watch as the headstrong Morris learns how to be a detective the hard way. 

Enver Gjokaj is known for his work as 'Agent Sousa' in Marvel's AGENT CARTER and as ‘Victor’ in Joss Whedon’s DOLLHOUSE. His other television credits include THE WALKING DEAD, DEXTER, EXTANT, VEGAS, and LAW AND ORDER: SVU.

He has appeared in films including THE AVENGERS, COME AND FIND ME, and WOULD YOU RATHER. Onstage, Enver has been seen in productions including FIRE IN DREAMLAND at The Public Theater, ARMS AND THE MAN at The Old Globe, and THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Huntington.

Enver will next appear in the new NBC pilot PRISM, and in the upcoming independent film 3022. 

Seeing double? Wendy is on the left, Kimberly on the right.
Seeing double? Wendy is on the left, Kimberly on the right.

KIMBERLY & WENDY WILLMING - Co-Writers & Co-Directors

Kimberly and Wendy grew up in San Antonio, TX and were raised watching amazing cinema. Since then, they always knew they wanted to be filmmakers themselves. In 2009, they made the move to Los Angeles, interning at some of the top studios in the industry (Fox, Marvel, and Sony Pictures). Wendy navigated her way through Marvel Studios and became a Co-Producer at Marvel TV, on Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, Marvel’s Runaways, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Kimberly began her career at Sony Pictures before moving to Mary Parent’s company under Paramount Pictures. She then worked for SyFy’s The Expanse as a script coordinator and later assisted showrunners’ Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, under their ABC Studio company. She is currently assisting notable film director, Nicolas Winding Refn. The lifelong dream for Kimberly and Wendy has been to write, co-direct, and produce their own film endeavors. SHANGRI-LA is a proof-of-concept for their feature length noir of the same name.

Even the one and only Maurissa Tancharoen is on board!
Even the one and only Maurissa Tancharoen is on board!

MAURISSA TANCHAROEN - Executive Producer

Maurissa Tancharoen is the co-creator and Executive Producer of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. The series is currently in its seventh season.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Maurissa has taken an unusual path to her work in television. With a background in music and dance, she's performed with the likes of Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan, and toured the country as a member of a pop group with Motown Records.  At Occidental College, she became heavily involved in theater and wrote several award-winning plays. She then went on to write on Oliver Beene for FOX, and co-created and executive-produced the MTV series Dancelife with Jennifer Lopez.

With her husband and writing partner, Jed Whedon, she co-created and appeared in the Emmy-award winning musical, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Together, their credits also include such shows as Dollhouse, Drop Dead Diva, and Spartacus.

The legendary Megan Thomas Bradner.
The legendary Megan Thomas Bradner.

MEGAN THOMAS BRADNER - Executive Producer

Raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Megan Thomas Bradner is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA with a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing.  She has worked in Daytime TV, written copy for a Trailer house, worked on kid sitcoms, and was a network executive at Disney Channel and Disney XD working on animation and live action. She finally vindicated herself to her parents for spending all their money on comics when she went to work for Marvel Television where she worked in Development and Production on Marvel’s diverse slate of shows. 

Badass and producer extraordinaire, Noelle Hubbell.
Badass and producer extraordinaire, Noelle Hubbell.

NOELLE HUBBELL - Producer

Noelle is a Los Angeles native and has been in the film industry for over 10 years. She started at Panavision learning her way around the camera. In 2013, she transitioned to Production/Producing and has worked on shows such as The Mick, and most recently, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and NBC’s Superstore

CAMERA BOSS, K2!
CAMERA BOSS, K2!

KRISTEN "K2" CORRELL - Cinematographer

Kristen, aka K2, is a cinematographer and Los Angeles native, but in an approachable way. She’s worked on shows such as HBO’s Euphoria, Amazon Prime’s Homecoming, as well as other film and tv projects. She is excited to be a part of this project and a part of this talented team!

The uber talented Whitney Galitz is going to work her magic!
The uber talented Whitney Galitz is going to work her magic!

WHITNEY GALITZ - Costume & Wardrobe Designer

Over the years in Hollywood, Whitney has put her skill set of garment construction, aging, rendering illustration and design to work on projects such as FX’s Nip/Tuck, NBC’s The Office, Disney’s McFarland, USA, Columbia Pictures’ Pixels, Netflix’s Love, Golden Globe nominated Danny Collins, and other independent projects. In addition to her work in entertainment, Whitney started a luxury lingerie line in 2010 called Good Night Gilda, the brand well known for its homage to old Hollywood glamour with its use of refined fabrics and retro style.

An active member of the Costume Designer’s Guild, Whitney joined the Marvel family in 2015 on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC Television. In 2017, she took over as costume designer and has built entire new worlds and never ceases to grow in her field.

Master editor Kelly Stuyvesant will be using her mad cutting skills!
Master editor Kelly Stuyvesant will be using her mad cutting skills!

KELLY STUYVESANT - Editor

Kelly Stuyvesant grew up a navy brat, calling a few different places home before settling in Los Angeles. Graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with a degree in film production, she immediately set out pursing her love of storytelling through editing. Her work as an editor spans several genres -  comedy, drama, action, sci-fi, animation - with credits that include Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Psych, and Dream Corp, LLC.

We're super lucky to have renowned photographer, Jill Beth Hannes!
We're super lucky to have renowned photographer, Jill Beth Hannes!

JILL BETH HANNES - Set Photographer

Jill Beth Hannes’ work is cinematic and dream-like, stemming from personal experiences She recently had her first solo show at FotoFilmic Gallery, Vancouver BC, juried by Todd Hido. Her work has been shown around the world including GUP, VICE and The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Hannes graduated from The Academy of Art University in 2010 with a BFA in photography. She is currently pursuing an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives and works in North Carolina.


... THE FILM FUTURE IS FEMALE!

We’re not making it easy on ourselves, making a period film on a budget is a HUGE challenge. But if we reach our goal, we will be able to compensate our cast, crew, costumes, locations, post, etc... all of whom are doing massive favors already or are taking a crazy pay cut to help us make this film a reality.

We've budgeted $38K for our campaign because even IF we reach our goal, we have to factor in almost 8% of fees to Kickstarter and Amazon... so our budget is even lower than it looks. We're counting on you to get us to the finish line!

Risks and challenges

Over the course of a four day shoot, a lot can go wrong. Because we're relying on help and favors from professionals, we are completely prepared for the pit falls of production. After all, that's when it's the most fun! Getting creative. But no matter what, we're shooting this film. And it will come together the way it was meant to!

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