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THE PROJECT

The script was written for and inspired by Elyse Marinelli and is designed to be the first collaboration between Bobby Marinelli and his sister.  The film will be shot over the course of three days this September with plans to premiere in January 2013.

THE STORY

Check Out is a short comedy about Kelly and Allison, two twenty something grocery store employees who find out that the best friendships blossom when they are most needed. Both girls have found themselves in a rut; Kelly has Down Syndrome and is struggling with ambitions that sometimes reach further than her limitations allow while Allison’s complacency is stifling the happiness she really deserves.

In our story Kelly requests some time to talk to Allison, her manager about a promotion. During their meeting Allison fails to give Kelly the respect she deserves. Kelly's disappointment with the situation leaves Allison startled but turns out to be the answer to her own problem.

THE CAST

ELYSE MARINELLI as Kelly

Elyse Nicole Marinelli is a twenty-five year old aspiring actress who was born with Down syndrome. She considers herself as having ”Up Syndrome” since she feels there is nothing “Down” about having an extra chromosome. Elyse graduated from Hudson High School with a Special Degree in 2005, and completed a continued education program at Marchman Technical Education Center in 2009. She has been a part-time employee at Publix Supermarket for the past seven years. Elyse has participated in Special Olympics as both an athlete and a Global Messenger public speaker for Pasco County, Florida. To better prepare herself for a career in acting Elyse has been taking drama and singing classes at Just Gotta Dance Studio since 2008. 

ALLISON MATTOX as Allison

Allison grew up in the greater Washington, D.C. area and began acting at a young age at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre.

Allison left the East Coast to study Theatre at the University of Southern California. Following graduation, she attended the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England and then moved to New York City to pursue more theater endeavors. While in New York, Allison had the opportunity to work in theater and film while studying with acting coach Joan Rosenfels.

She recently returned to Los Angeles and is happy to be back in the sunshine. Since arriving, Allison has shot four commercials, two feature films, and a pilot which was pitched at the ID Film Festival. She has also played an Armenian Spitak earthquake survivor in D. Tucker Smith's play, "Quake" and a popstar allegedly dating John Mayer in "Dear John Mayer," Shoshana Bean's original musical.

Allison is currently splitting her time between various projects including the XFX webseries, Secret Weapon. She is also a new member of The Open Fist Theatre Company and is studying acting with Diana Castle at The Imagined Life.

RICKY WAYNE as Jerry

We are honored to have Ricky Wayne joining our cast as Jerry! Ricky is a well-established actor whose work can be seen along side Hugh Jackman in last years hit film “Real Steel!” He’s also had roles in many television series including “Charlie’s Angles,” “Burn Notice,” and “The Glades.” See more of Ricky’s work at http://rickywayne.com/.

AURELIA ROSE as Shannon

Aurelia Rose grew up balancing her love of horses and the outdoors with her passion for dance, theater, and the arts. Competitive as an equestrian on a national level in a number of disciplines including dressage, eventing, hunters, and jumpers, she attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College on an equestrian scholarship before focusing her attention on the arts at Savannah’s College of Arts and Design. With a theater scholarship at SCAD she was a member of the theater department ‘s performance ensemble as well as a regular on stage. She graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Media and performing arts gaining experience in film and theater along with a liberal arts education from a celebrated school of the arts. She pursued her hunger for theater as she moved to Tennessee the day after graduation to perform at Dollywood for the opening season of “Dream Land Drive In”.Theater then brought her to LA to take on the Sunset Stripe in the title role as “Debbie” in Debbie Does Dallas : The Musical.While she was performing , she could also be found in boots and breeches schooling horses at the Burbank Paddock Club . While she thoroughly enjoyed her time on the west coast, she is thrilled to be working in the exciting and thriving east coast industry.

THE FILMMAKERS

BOBBY MARINELLI - Writer/Director

Bobby Marinelli is a writer/director and production designer from Tampa, FL. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Telecommunication Production.  Soon after he began working in television, with production credits on Discovery Channel's Miami Ink and Dual Survival and TLC’s What Not to Wear.  In 2010 he received his MFA in Film Production from Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts.  His thesis project “Waking Eloise,” which he co-wrote and directed, has won, among other honors, a College Television Award for comedy short, and the Grand Jury Prize for a short at Dances With Films. It was also chosen for the American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at Cannes.  As “Waking Eloise” continues to screen at festivals worldwide, Bobby works as Production Designer and Art Director on feature films, including Roswell FM and The Rambler.

CHRIS HOLCOMB - Producer

Chris  Holcomb,  who  was  born  and  raised  on  the  Gulf  Coast,  has  dreamt  of  working  in  the  film   industry  since  a  very  young  age.    Raised  in  a  small  and  loving  family,  his  earliest  experiences  of   motion  pictures  involved  immersing  himself  in  the  films  and  programs  that  his  older  sister  watched.     Inspired  by  those  viewings,  Holcomb  spent  his  spare  time  imagining  stories  and  sharing  them  with   others  through  creating  radio  dramas,  writing  short  stories  and  screenplays,  directing  short  features   and  plays,  and  performing  in  small  productions.    After  graduating  from  Spring  Hill  College  in  2007,   Holcomb  worked  in  youth  ministry  for  a  short  time  before  entering  Florida  State  University's   graduate  film  program.    

RICK CHAPMAN - 1st AD/Editor

Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised throughout the country, Rick Chapman is a film editor with a BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Before completing his degree Rick got his first job in the independent film world as the editor for the feature film Birth of Separation at the age of 21. A few months after the release of the film, he moved to Albuquerque to work as a production assistant on over twenty productions including Cowboys & Aliens, As Cool As I Am, and The Last Stand. Less than a year later he was hired as the 2nd 2nd Assistant Director on the independent feature film Roswell FM, and later The Rambler and Dead in 5 Heartbeats. Currently he is editing The Artist & The Olympian, a short film written & directed by Adam Scheiner about the comparisons and contrasts of a painter and a weightlifter. He resides outside of Philadelphia.

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