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UPDATE!  Our second teaser is out! We hope you enjoy this sneak peak at some of the additional dance footage from Sleepover LA. The first teaser is still available for viewing too, directly below.

Please feel free to share with friends and thank you for any help you can give to the campaign during these last few days.  We are on the final home stretch to reach our goal and are SO close!  Remember, a pledge of any amount makes a difference and no amount is too small! 

With all our gratitude, The Sleepover LA Team 




Sleepover LA is a short 
film that revamps traditional narrative using a bold score, stylized dance 
and an eccentric cast to tell the story of an innocent tourist that travels 
to LA and unexpectedly conjures her sister's last night alive. 

When Taylor travels to LA to put her sister's ashes to rest, time begins 
to blur and the past and present collide. A series of unexpected events 
take place overnight at The Standard hotel, and she relives her sister 
Jessica's last night alive, opening her eyes to an entire world she never 
knew existed. 

Sleepover LA is the first collaboration between director Lily Baldwin and producer Nicole Disson, who co-star in the film and co-conceived its premise. Written by Andrea Claire Maio and Baldwin, Sleepover LA poses the questions: How much can change in one night?

In keeping with Baldwin’s recent film, Sea Meadow (SXSW 2012, Art Basel Miami 2013) the director uses cutting-edge movement and a bold mash-up score to create a distinct storytelling vernacular. Disson, an accomplished performer and curator produced THE SERIES, a multi-disciplinary production incorporating dance, film, art, and music at The Standard, Downtown LA. The film features an original score by Mark degli Antoni (Into the Abyss, Soul Coughing), an original track by electronic dance duo ROOM 8 and cinematography by Austin RhodesStyled by Katie Casey, with production designs by Sonja Kroop, Sleepover LA is equal parts dance, fashion, music and noir.

Where We Are Now:

Already an amazing team of individuals have pulled together to develop this special project over the past seven months.  We were fortunate enough to secure an outstanding location in which to set our story, The Standard hotel in Downtown LA, raised enough funding to carry us through production and had an incredibly successful and memorable three days of shooting.  With dozens of people invested in this project, giving their time and talents to bringing the film to life, it is up to us to see the film through these final stages of production!

After which, we can share all our hard work with the world through the festival circuit and various online media outlets, introducing a community of artists, many fresh new faces too, all doing what they love!

We invite you to join us in making this film and thank you for taking the time to watch our video and read our notes.


  • Editing, editing, editing
  • Music Composition
  • Music Licensing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Color Correction
  • Graphic Designs for film’s credits and marketing materials
  • Festival submissions and much more!


We have created a selection of fun rewards to thank each of you for your contributions towards our film that we hope you will enjoy. We want to give you a taste of what makes Sleepover LA so unique.

We invite you to join us in unifying a community of artists from various cities throughout the United States, as we pull our talents together to create a new conversation between film and dance.

No amount is too small (or great!) and we all sincerely appreciate your generous contributions. We are almost there!  If we do not meet our goal by the May 10th deadline, none of the funding will be received!

Thank you in advance for supporting us in our final push to bring Sleepover LA to life and for spreading the word to other friends and family!

Come over and join the Sleepover LA.

- The Sleepover LA Team

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A Little More About Who We Are:

DIRECTOR AND CO-WRITER: LILY BALDWIN  is a filmmaker and dancer based in NYC, whose films use dance and gesture in stylized dreamscapes to drive narrative. Working with an array of musicians, designers and visual artists, she reinterprets conventional storytelling to make elegant and brash films. Her recent dance thriller, Sea Meadow (SXSW 2012, Art Basel Miami 2013, BEST OF SXSW at St. Kilda's Film Festival 30th anniversary, Australia, 2013) is available worldwide through Shorts International. Her previous films have screened internationally at festivals, art fairs and Lincoln Center in NYC. Her work is featured on LE BOOK in affiliation with StudioProject of Stink Digital. Commercial work includes Coca Cola and Bloomingdale's. Music videos include Blood Orange: Sutphin Boulevard, The Forms: Fire To The Ground, Cat Martino (Sufjan Stevens): Yr Not Alone. As a dancer she has performed with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Trisha Brown Dance Company, among other NYC companies. Most recently, she performed with David Byrne on the world tour for his album with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and in its feature documentary Ride, Rise, Roar (SXSW, 2011). More at: and 

PRODUCER: NICOLE DISSON Nicole Disson is a producer, performer and curator who takes great pleasure in bringing people together to create and celebrate the arts. With a heavy theatre background and professional experience in brand and entertainment marketing, Disson is recognized for her crossover work as a producer and performer and ability to cultivate talent, while fusing this energy into unique settings and situations. Nicole conceived, produced and performed in thirteen original showings of THE SERIES, a multi-disciplinary production and event that cross-pollinates a social experience with the performing arts, set on the rooftop of The Standard, Downtown LA. She was the featured performer for the Soho House West Hollywood’s New Years Eve 2012 celebration and Director of Marketing and Associate Producer for Post Fact Production’s NEW., an experimental rock opera held at the historical 2,500 seat Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA.  Additionally, she served as producer for artist Lita Albuquerque’s SPINE OF THE EARTH, under The Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival.  Nicole has performed in various theaters across the Nation, including the world premiere of Frank Zappa’s musical JOE'S GARAGE at the Open First Theatre in Hollywood.  Originally from Washington D.C., Nicole received a B.F.A. in Acting from Florida State University, is a founding member of the LA Ladies Choir and now makes her home in Silver Lake. More at:

CO-WRITER: ANDREA CLAIRE MAIO is a multi-media artist, writer, and educator. Her non-fiction work has been featured on This American Life. Her current project, multi-media blog titled Back to Your Senses (, premieres this spring on She teaches Screenwriting and Documentary film production at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Maine Media Workshops. 

COMPOSER: MARK DEGLI ANTONI is a film composer / performer living in Los Angeles and NYC. He studied with Milton Babbitt and David Loeb, earning a BM & MM in Composition from the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. Mark co-founded the internationally acclaimed Warner Bros band Soul Coughing.  Additionally, he has performed and recorded with David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Low, Redman, among others.  While at the Harmonic Ranch Studio in NYC, he created sound works for Richard Prince, Julia Scher, Christian Marclay, and Nam Joon Pike. He has scored films for an eclectic selection of award-winning directors including Werner Herzog, Wallace Shawn, Finn Taylor, William Wegman, Lily Baldwin and Roger Ross Williams.   

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: AUSTIN RHODES is a Director of Photography based in Brooklyn, NY.  His work has taken him all over the world.  From shooting with drug traffickers and law enforcement agents along the US/Mexico border, to working with celebrity athletes, musicians and artists from every corner of the globe, he approaches all subjects and projects with the same sort of mad enthusiasm. He has been involved in various exhibitions, film festivals and commercial projects., and


TEASERS EDITOR: OLIVER MELLAN is an editor with style. He stayed underwater too long as a child and still has the hiccups  His no fear approach to editing has helped many Kickstarter projects and leaped into the realm of short films and music videos!

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: BEN HETHCOAT  A firm believer in independent and sustainable filmmaking, Ben Hethcoat is producer for Slamdance TV, where he creates original content for the festival 'By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers.' The first feature he produced, DEAD DAD (, is currently on the film festival circuit and has screened at more than twenty festivals in the US winning top awards along the way.

COSTUME DESIGNER: KATIE CASEY is a Los Angeles based Designer, Costumer and Wardrobe Stylist whose projects range from capsule collections to custom pieces and costumes for live performance. Her client list includes Jennifer Lopez, MoCA and Vogue Italia. Her designs have retailed at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Nieman Marcus and Colette Paris. Her work has been recognized by international publications including the New York Times, T- Magazine and L'Officiel.

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: SONJA KROOP is a Los Angeles and New York City based Production Designer and Prop Stylist. She works in print advertising, fashion editorial, TV programs, commercials, and feature films. Kroop also collaborates with a number of gallery artists on production designing the environments for their photography/video work, or creating installations within art galleries. Kroop's editorial work has been seen in a range of publications including T Magazine, The Block, Man Of The World, Italian Cosmo, Playboy, Nowness, BlackBook, Flaunt, Elle, 7th Man, and others. Her TV and commercial clients include MTV, Benetton, MTV Italy, Disney, Sony, PBS, and  others in addition to multiple record labels for music video work. Kroop finds that one of the most fascinating aspects of production design is expressing narrative characters through their belongings and the spaces they inhabit. She has a strong enthusiasm for creating worlds with unique aesthetic flair and helping every narrative or concept to be realized through thoughtfully constructed environments.Her mainly print work website can be found at

Sleepover LA Kickstarter campaign video co-edited by Andrea Claire Maio and Oliver Mellan

Sleepover LA Teasers edited by Oliver Mellan

Sleepover LA Production Stills by Shelby Duncan and Randall Coombs

To view the complete cast and crew, click here

Risks and challenges

Right now the biggest challenge we are faced with is coming up with the necessary funding to get us through post production. We already have lined up an incredible team of individuals to accomplish the tasks at hand, who are eager to get started. Additionally, we have created a production schedule for when we would like to see these next steps executed. Of course, people's schedules might change due to unforeseen circumstances that could potentially delay the film from reaching its completion, but we will be pushing hard to make this happen as quickly as possible!

We want to hold off on releasing the film - both in digital downloadable format and DVD - until it has its festival premier. All other incentives listed above will be sent out within the quoted time frame, if not before. We will continue to keep you posted throughout post production and you will be the first to know of our progress, once the film is completed and what happens next!

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    Our gratitude and appreciation! We will share project updates including teasers from the film and send you our very own digital mix tape with the Sleepover LA cast and crew's favorite tunes!

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    We will send you a digital download of the film once it’s completed plus private password protected links of Sleepover LA's director Lily Baldwin's recent shorts: A Juice Box Afternoon and Sea Meadow. That's three films! Plus we will include a digital download to an original track from Sleepover LA, by composer Mark degli Antoni, along with the digital Sleepover LA cast mix tape!

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    Special Sleepover LA ring tone by the film’s composer, Mark degli Antoni, and a hand written custom Thank You Post Card with a Sleepover LA print by LA photographer Shelby Duncan! PLUS digital downloads of the film once its completed, an original track from the film, links to see Lily’s recent films and the Sleepover LA cast mix tape!

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    A DVD copy of the film once it’s completed along with a digital download to the film’s COMPLETE soundtrack. A custom Sleepover LA magnet for your fridge plus digital downloads of all of the Midnight Owl's rewards above!

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    A set of custom Sleepover LA post cards with photographs by Shelby Duncan for your use, the Sleepover LA film poster (11 x 17), plus everything the Sleepwalkers get above!

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    A custom Sleepover LA Pillow Case for your next sleepover party! Along with an invitation to attend a private cast and crew party in LA and a special thank you credit at the end of the film. Plus the complete REM Package!

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    Receive a 45 min long private Yoga lesson with director/choreographer Lily Baldwin via Skype or in person if in NY / LA. Additionally, your choice of a studio visit with composer, Mark Deli Antoni, to discuss his process and how music scoring works OR drinks with the film’s director or producer so we can thank you so much for such a generous donation. Let's sit down and talk about SLEEPOVER and what else inspires you! Pick our brains about how this film happened, being a female director / producer and what it's like working on both sides of the camera and any other questions you might have for us (this can be a 20 min Skype session as well)! Additionally, you will get everything the Sweet Dreamers get above!

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    Associate Producer Credit (listed at the end of the film, alphabetically) and drinks with the director and producer at The Standard, Downtown LA, where we will lead you on a walk through of the set, discuss how the film was made and answer any questions you might have (transportation to LA not included). Additionally, two tickets to see the film screened in LA at a private premiere party will be set aside in your name, where you will receive public recognition for your generous contribution. Plus the complete Sweet Dreamers package and a selection of the offerings from Room Service too!

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    Executive Producer Credit (at the end of the film, alphabetically) and a fancy dinner with the director and producer! Please let us take you out to a nice dinner (valid in NYC/LA, transportation not provided) to say thank you, thank you, thank you! We will set aside two tickets to see the film screened at a private premiere party in LA, where you will also receive public recognition for your generous contribution, plus the complete sweet dreamers package and a selection of the offerings from Room Service too!

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Funding period

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