Project type: Narrative Short
Project status: Development
Producer/Director/Screenwriter/Story: Rachel Earnest
Producer/Editor/Story: Ashley Monti
Executive Producer and Casting Director: Karenssa LeGear
Story and Producing Advisor: Simone Ling
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A family drama about the complexities of faith, community, and parent/child relationships.
A family drama about the complexities of faith, community, and parent/child relationships. It’s about that subtle, delicate shift from being a child to becoming an adult while under your parents’ roof, the moment when a young adult realizes that their parents are just as fallible as they themselves are.
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Meet the Filmmakers
Rachel Earnest — Producer/Director/Screenwriter/Story
Rachel Earnest is a screenwriter and director based out of Los Angeles. She earned a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and studied French at the Collège International de Cannes in France. Her short film, Le Retour, has played in over 50 film festivals in the United States and abroad and has won numerous awards. Trevor Groth of the Sundance Film Festival called Le Retour, “Intelligent, emotional, and truthful and brilliantly captures that bittersweet feeling of leaving an exotic place and returning to the more mundane and familiar world of home.” Rachel also produced and was an additional director on the feature film, Mary Marie. Mary Marie received strong critical praise from noteworthy publications such as Variety, NY Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. It was distributed by TLA Releasing in the United States and internationally. Rachel has worked on set as an assistant to television director, Dennie Gordon, on the show Kingdom starring Nick Jonas. She has also worked for the Sundance Institute reviewing scripts and applications in order to foster the talent of emerging filmmakers.
Ashley Monti — Producer/Editor/Story
Ashley Monti is an award-winning filmmaker. She has worked on numerous film projects that have screened at festivals internationally. She has recently edited Your Name Isn’t English, a short film produced by the AT&T Hello Lab program and Executive Produced by Taika Waititi currently streaming on DirecTV Now. She is also a Film Independent Project Involve editing Alumni where she edited the award winning shorts The Station and Eve. In 2016, Ashley edited Viola, Franca, a UCLA graduate thesis film that received two Emmys for Best Drama and the Brickner Humanitarian Award. It was also nominated for the David di Donatello, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars, and was officially selected to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ashley holds a BFA in Film Production with a focus in Editing from York University, Toronto and an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Her thesis film, The Divide, was nominated for a Golden Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and received a Special Mention award at the Montreal World Film Festival
Karenssa LeGear — Executive Producer and Casting Director
As a Meisner trained actress and classically trained singer of both stage and screen, Karenssa most recently applied her 20 years of performing arts experience to casting and producing. Over the past year, Karenssa’s new foray into casting led to three feature films as casting associate and two short films as casting director. As a performer, Karenssa’s highlighted onscreen credits include Warner Bros.’ Veronica Mars as well as lead and supporting lead roles in the recent independent feature films Christmas Harmony, Healing Hands, and Carving a Life. According to the Los Angeles Times, “LeGear is an empathetic screen presence”, and that is indeed a true hallmark of the actress’ work. Additional Stage credits close to Karenssa’s heart include Cosette in Les Miserables at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Antonia in Man of La Mancha at Musical Theatre West, and Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera conducted by Carmen Dominguez. Karenssa is a dual citizen of the United States and Australia, she holds a B.A. in music from UCLA and is a member of both Sag-Aftra and Actor’s Equity Association. For more about Karenssa and her work, please visit www.karenssa.com or follow on social media: @karenssalegear.
Simone Ling — Story and Producing Advisor
Simone Ling is an independent producer and story consultant working with both the Hollywood studio system and indie film arena. Clients include Universal Pictures and the Sundance Instituteʼs Labs for Screenwriters, Directors, and Episodic Story. Additionally, she spearheads outreach for the Instituteʼs Asian American Fellowship. Feature producing credits include Aurora Guerreroʼs coming-of-age directorial debut Mosquita Y Mari, a 2013 Indie Spirit Award nominee, and Anahita Ghazvinizadehʼs They that premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and continues to enjoy a film festival run. A dual US/UK citizen, Simone is a member of MPEG/IATSE and BAFTA. She sits on the BAFTA/LA Student Shorts jury and the New Talent Committee. Adjunct Faculty at the American Film Institute, Simone holds a Masters degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, earned a Masters in Media Studies/Journalism from Stanford University.
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