About this project
LA PICKER is a new comedic web series about a girl, her dog, and the art of urban treasure hunting. The series centers around Sally Sandburg, who hunts for the best antiques and vintage items she can find to rehab and resell (if she can part with them). Unfortunately for Sally, her archnemesis picker Jonathan Gelman is bent on outdoing her. The series is an entertaining look at how we relate to our stuff, and to each other.
We have already completed the pilot episode of LA Picker, which we hope you'll check out by clicking here. We are asking for your help to make nine more episodes, which will complete the first season of LA Picker. We have all of the scripts written and we are ready to jump into production in July.
LA Picker is created by Elizabeth Yarwood, an award winning cinematographer who is expanding her resume to include writing, producing, and directing with this web series. The project is a true labor of love created by three real-life couples. On- and off-screen pair Devin Sidell and Shawn MacAulay play Sally and Angus. The lead cast is rounded out by Elizabeth's husband, Scott Epstein, who plays Jonathan. Elizabeth's fellow USC School of Cinematic Arts alum Rebecca Louisell is on board to help with producing and directing, and Rebecca's wife Jordan Balagot will serve as the composer.
Elizabeth Yarwood is the Writer-Creator of LA Picker. She has an extensive background in cinematography and her work has been seen at festivals, including South by Southwest, on television, including PBS, and on the web, including the Student Emmy-winning web series Miss Mustard Glade. She received a B.A. in Photography from Bard College and an M.F.A. in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Rebecca Louisell (Producer, Director) is a writer, director, producer, and songwriter. With an undergraduate background in fine art photography and mixed media, she later worked with youth before returning to graduate school for film and television production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, Rebecca received several scholarships and a College Television Award. Her M.F.A. thesis film Genderfreak premiered at Outfest and showed at thirty festivals worldwide. rebeccalouisell.com Instagram.com/rlouisell Twitter/@blouisell
Devin Sidell plays Sally Sandburg. An L.A. native, Devin graduated from Princeton University in 2002. TV/Film includes Numb3rs, Malcolm in the Middle, The O.C., Happy Endings, Parks and Recreation, About a Boy, Anger Management, The Middle, Ray Donovan, and 31. L.A. stage credits include Far Away (Odyssey Theatre), Von Lutz (Lillian Theatre), Corpus Christi (Zephyr Theatre), Ug: The Caveman Musical (Attic Theatre), Robots Vs. Fake Robots (Powerhouse Theatre), Love’s Old Sweet Song (Syzygy Theatre Group), Bermuda! (The Broad Stage), Land of the Tigers (Sacred Fools/Burglars of Hamm— L.A. Weekly Award), and The Behavior of Broadus (Sacred Fools/Center Theatre Group). www.devinsidell.com Twitter: @devinsidell
Scott Epstein plays Jonathan Gelman, Sally's archnemesis picker. Scott is an actor, singer, education researcher, policy analyst, and community advocate. He graduated with a B.A. in Drama from Duke University in 2001 and earned a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University in 2007. Theater credits include a workshop of Andrew Lippa’s Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown in New York City, Just So Stories (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (Allenberry Playhouse), and Brigadoon (Galveston Island Musicals). Scott studies K-12 public education as a researcher at UCLA and serves as the Board Chairman of the Mid City West Community Council.
Shawn MacAulay plays Angus Wallace, Sally's friend and potential love interest. Shawn was born and raised on a farm near Alexandria, Minnesota. He fled rural life at 18 to study theater and chemistry at St.Olaf College, then used his education as a springboard into the Seattle theater scene where he co-founded Theatre Paradox. Film credits include: A and B, Living with Models and The Real Girl's Guide to Everything Else. Theatrical credits include: Love’s Old Sweet Song, by William Saroyan; Blue Night in the Heart of the West, by James Stock; the world premiers of The Room, by Michael Franco and Little Golden Fish, by Jamie Duneier; the U.S. premier of Tender, by Abi Morgan; How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients, adapted by Jeremy Lawrence (both in LA. and in Edinburgh); and Voices from Chornobyl, adapted by Cindy Jenkins.
Jordan Balagot is a composer for film, television and new media. She also composes electronic music and DJs under the name Jordan B. Jordan's work has been featured on films including I Do, Killer Elite, and Cloud Atlas, shorts such as Genderfreak, a Target commerical, and the web series Skyship Chronicles. Jordan holds a B.M. in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and an M.F.A. in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago. In her spare time, Jordan plays frisbee and cuddles with her cats, Evvie and Rev. jordanbalagot.com
In order to make this project a reality, we need to raise $12,000 by July 1st. This is where you come in! The LA Picker family has plenty of room to grow to include our Kickstarter supporters and additional cast and crew. The funds raised will go to cover the costs of our production shooting and post-production. We can't do it without your help! So please check out our fun reward packages, back our project if you can, and help us spread the word on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We'll be posting lots of fun content on social media throughout the Kickstarter campaign.
Thank you in advance from the LA Picker Team!
Elizabeth Yarwood, Scott Epstein, Devin Sidell, Shawn MacAulay, Rebecca Louisell, Jordan Balagot, Teo Sajor, Noodle, Daisy, Mustard, Evvie, Rev, and Phoebe
Risks and challenges
The risks in starting any film or media project are running out of money and/or out of steam. We are committed to making this project a reality and we have designed the shooting plan and the budget to reflect that. We're keeping our lighting and set design simple, and doing work trades with friends on other projects when possible to keep costs down. This will allow us to save enough money from our budget to complete post-production. We have worked together successfully in the past in various combinations. Scott, Devin and Shawn have acted in productions together. Elizabeth and Rebecca have worked on several projects both in and out of school and plan to shoot a feature with fellow collaborator Teo Sajor next summer. Rebecca is a veteran of a successful Kickstarter campaign and has served as a crowdfunding consultant on three documentary films. As a team, we have the skills to troubleshoot a variety of situations, should they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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