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The memories we share with our friends make growing apart seem unfathomable. But, sometimes goodbyes aren't a bad thing. Read more

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The memories we share with our friends make growing apart seem unfathomable. But, sometimes goodbyes aren't a bad thing.

About this project

The Film

Chasing Yesterday follows the lives of five childhood best friends who have grown apart throughout high school. After losing his parents in a car crash at the age of 10 and moving to America to live with his cousin Ian, Alexander is finally returning to England to study at Oxford.Wanting one last opportunity to make some memories, Alexander schedules an impromptu road trip, dragging Ian along.

However, things take a turn when Mia, Benjamin, and David, for reasons of their own, decide to include themselves on Alexander’s family bonding plan.  Each harboring secrets of their own, the group’s about to find out that sometimes it’s better to let the past stay where it belongs.

Our Cast

Dustin Lewis: the jock who lives a perfect life but piece by piece is beginning to fall apart, when he finds out that his parents are getting divorced. 

Mia Thompson: the valedictorian who always has a plan A, B, C, and D, has to figure out what to do after she gets rejected from the schools she applied to. 

Ian Tuner: the kid who is too afraid to admit he’s gay in fear of what his friends will think of him. 

Benjamin Reed: the rebel who seems to meander through life but out of the five has the best grasp on it. Reality catches up to him when he won't be graduating with the rest of his friends. 

Alexander James: the outcast who desperately wants to fit in but constantly gets ignored even by the people he considers himself closest to. 

As much as they don’t want to accept it, they’ve all changed since they were best friends, and life is taking them down very different paths, some that just may have to be traveled alone.

These characters represent the different facets of all of us and they embody the characteristics we try to not let define us. At some point in all of our lives, we started to really learn who were as individuals and the idea of moving on and leaving things and people behind scared us too.

Guest stars include Adrienne Bailon (The Cheetah Girls), Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game), and RaVaughn Brown (Singer/Actress). 

Adrienne Bailon, RaVaughn and Wendy Raquel Robinson
Adrienne Bailon, RaVaughn and Wendy Raquel Robinson

The Creative Team

Talia Myers: Director, Executive Producer, Writer

Talia Myers has an education from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and has a passion for filmmaking and creativity. She directs, produces, writes, and edits short and feature films, as well as music videos. During her freshman year in college, Talia made her first feature film as a side project to further develop her skills in filmmaking and performed every major task from writing and producing to directing, filming and editing. During her sophomore year, she received success when her video “Kate Upton, Will You Go To Prom With Me?” went viral, placing her on all major talk shows such as The Today Show, CNN, NBC and more. The video garnered 3 million views. In her junior year, she co-directed a music video with Rhyon Brown for Neyo's protégé, RaVaughn, and it was featured on MTV, VH1 and BET wracking up almost 1 million views. Her current passion and next project is Chasing Yesterday.

Rhyon Brown: Executive Producer, Actress, Writer

Rhyon Nicole Brown is a native Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles County. Rhyon began her television career appearing in an array of commercials and she soon became the face of brands such as Disney and The Gap, appearing in several print ads for both. She has been blessed to have recurring roles in "Judging Amy", "Boston Public", "That's So Raven", "Hidden Hills", and "The Bernie Mac Show". She has also had guest star roles in "ER", "Seventh Heaven", "Two and a Half Men", "My Wife and Kids", "Girlfriends", "The Geena Davis Show", "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "One on One" to name a few. Years ago, you might have caught her in the movie of the week, "Santa and Pete", or in 2005 in 50 Cents' feature film, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'". She also starred on ABC Family's hit television series, "Lincoln Heights" as Lizzie Sutton. Rhyon has an education from the USC School of cinematic arts and co-directed RaVaughn's music video for 'Best Friend' with Talia Myers.

Talia Myers and Rhyon Brown
Talia Myers and Rhyon Brown

We are also fortunate to have Richard Carlos as a producer and Tiziano Tucci as our line producer. Amanda Ransdell and Lauren Dunn will produce as well as Amanda Olson who also co-wrote the script.

We also have the magnificent Bryan Koss as our Director of Photography.

Why We Need Your Help

Filmmaking can be very expensive, and unfortunately we don’t have the financial ability to fund this project ourselves. We as young filmmakers are pouring our hearts and souls into this project for free. Unfortunately, though, there are other expenses that we just can't ignore. We have to pay our amazing, experienced, and hard working crew who have already put in more hours than expected of them, based on their belief that we can pull this off. We have to pay for gear rental, insurance, craft services (full people = happy people), locations, props and safety precautions. We have gathered all of our resources and favors to make this as feasible as possible, but we still need a little more of your help!   Without your help we are just young adults with large dreams and aspirations, it takes a village! Please help us make our dreams a reality!

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Risks and challenges

As with any independent film production, there are unforeseen complications that will arise. In the words of Murphy's Law, what can go wrong will go wrong.

That being said, with the proper funding, we can plan ahead for these possible situations and act accordingly if and when they do arise. Locations could fall through, people can get sick, it could rain (rare in LA but weirder things have happened).

We have an experienced group of producers and crew members that are prepared to adapt to the most unexpected situations.

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    Thank you so much for donating! Welcome to the Chasing Yesterday team, you'll be receiving a special thank you email. Now you can stay up to date on the latest news with access to our exclusive newsletter.

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    Always wanted to see how much the movie changes from the script to the actual film? Now you can. On the release date, you'll receive a PDF of the script, along with a poster signed by the cast! You will also have access to the newsletter and thank you email.

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    Thanks for donating! You will receive a digital download of the film once it's completed! Plus, you'll receive the previous rewards.

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    Get access to exclusive behind the scenes footage! Combined with all the previous awards, you'll practically feel like you were on set.

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    You'll be sent a link that gives you access to an exclusive Blooper Reel. See what really happened during filming! Of course you'll also get every other reward already mentioned.

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    We're eternally grateful and to show that, we'll send you a personalized thank you message, either email or video, from the ENTIRE cast!

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    Rock out to the tunes from the movie with an early access code to the soundtrack for the film. You'll also get all the other cool stuff already mentioned

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    It just keeps getting better. Along with everything listed above, you'll get a Skype call from one person, either on the cast or main creative team!

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    We're so thankful for your support. To show our gratitude, you will receive a thank you credit in the final credits of the film, plus all the other great stuff we've already talked about.

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    Be in our film! Come join us on set for a day and see what the world of filmmaking looks like. Travel costs not included.

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    Ever wanted to have a speaking role in a film? Now you can! In addition to getting all the other awesome stuff we've talked about, you'll get to have a speaking role in the film.

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    Join us in Los Angeles for the premiere of the film! Come and celebrate our hard work and see what your contribution helped us create. Travel costs not included.

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    Be a producer for a day! Come shadow the Executive Producer on set for the day. You'll be involved in every aspect of the film and learn everything she is responsible for. You'll also get a producer credit on IMDB! Travel costs not included.

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