Pick Up (A short film)
Pick Up (A short film)
Jesse, a driver for Pick Up, embarks on a life changing journey after coming out to his passenger as HIV positive.
Jesse, a driver for Pick Up, embarks on a life changing journey after coming out to his passenger as HIV positive. Read more
As seen on Huffington Post, HIVplusmag, The Advocate, HIVequal, Imstilljosh, Accidentalbear, Thepozlife and The Big Gay Picture Show
"Gay filmmaker makes HIV positive movie Hollywood wouldn't!"
Jesse Ritter has been living with a secret. What begins as a quiet evening of driving for Pick Up (the latest car service to share the road with Uber and Lyft), turns into a life changing journey filled with conversations about life, sex, stigma, and guilt, as Jesse falls for one of his passengers and is forced to confess the truth…that he's HIV positive.
Pick Up is a unique coming out story, a coming of age story, and a story about acceptance. It's awkwardly funny, romantic, relevant, realistic, heartbreaking, and hopeful.
Follow Jesse's journey on twitter and instagram @pick_up_movie
Travor Thompson plays Jesse Ritter
Travor is an actor originally from Texas. On television he has been seen in multiple appearances on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, THE HOTLINE, and numerous commercials. On stage Travor has performed in countless productions including the Blank Theatre's Living Room Series production of GUIDANCE, MOONLIGHT at the Boston Center for the Arts, and ARCADIA at Boston's Huntington Theatre. Travor holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University. Other education includes the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts as well as UCB. www.TRAVORTHOMPSON.com
Brandon Crowder plays Guy
Brandon Crowder is an actor from Richmond, Virginia where he earned a B.F.A. from TheatreVCU. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 to continue to cultivate his passion for performing. He is best known for films such as The Ballerina and the Rocking Horse and Pittsburgh, popular webseries Derek and Cameron, and has starred in multiple commercials and music videos. Brandon is also the Artistic Director of Love Nail Tree Theatre, an L.A.-based storytelling company that creates and produces original theatrical works. http://www.brandoncrowder.com
Writer/Director Joshua Alan Rogers
Joshua is an award winning producer and screenwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. For the last eight years, he's lived in Los Angeles and helped produce some of Hollywood's best trailers and marketing campaigns for films like Nightcrawler, Godzilla, Rio 2, Let's Be Cops, Last Weekend, and The Canal. He's driven by personal, intimate storytelling, complex characters, and entertaining films with a pure intention and purpose.
Even at age 10, Joshua saw the world as his next film in development.
Executive Producer Michaela Starr
Michaela Starr has over ten years of experience in the film and television industry. Over the course of her career, she has developed and produced dozens of shows and pilots for networks such as NBC, CBS, the CW, the WB & Comedy Central.
Most recently Starr worked on two seasons of NBC’s breakout hit “Revolution.” Prior to that, she worked on NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “Awake”. During her tenure as a Development Executive at Mark Burnett Productions and SuperDelicious Productions, Starr helped create such shows as “RockStar: INXS”, “Commando Nanny”, “Make It Or Break It”, and “Cupcake Wars.” Starr also helped launch the Emmy Award winning syndicated talk show “Dr. Phil.”
Starr has guest lectured at her alma mater, San Jose State University, as well as Cal State Northridge and has been a panelist at NATPE.
Director of Photography Verlon Allen
Verlon is passionate about the arts and driven by a blue collar work ethic. He works to pursue all things creative with the belief that film is one of the few mediums to combine all five art muses. He has made it his 9-5 day job working as a IATSE Local 600 union member.
As a Director of Photography, Verlon Allen believes that to truly take on that roll, one must have a diverse tool kit to pull from. So when not on set he moonlights with various theater companies taking on positions outside of his camera comfort zone, such as Stage Manager, Production Designer, Sound Designer, and Technical director. In addition, Verlon continues to paint, write, and compose music.
"I've never liked the term Artist, I'd rather consider myself a student; forever researching, experimenting, and pushing myself to broaden my artistic vocabulary, thats where I want to be".
Risks and challenges
The Pick Up production team is excited by the challenge of shooting the majority of the script in the confined space of Jesse's car. To turn this obstacle into an asset, we've prepared some dynamic cinematic techniques to help capitalize on the intimate nature of our set and enable us to tell this story in a uniquely visual way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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