Riley

Project type: Narrative Feature
Project status:Post-Production
Director/Writer/Editor: Benjamin Howard
Producer: Laura Scarano
Cinematographer: Michael Elias Thomas
 
Email: lcscarano@gmail.com
Website: windsorfilmcompany.com/
Facebook: WindsorFilmCo
Twitter: @windsorfilmco
 
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Logline

An ambitious high school football player begins cracking under the pressure of his father’s legacy when his sexual curiosity starts manifesting in new ways.

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Dakota Riley has big aspirations to play collegiate football– and like his dad did, he has the potential to reach them. But when he acts out on the advances of a gay classmate one afternoon, his plans are thrown for a loop, and the incident sets off a chain of events that leave him struggling with his sexuality and identity– an identity he’s always had a firm grasp on. To begin coming to terms with himself, Dakota must navigate the disciplined world of high school football– and the expectations that come with it.

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Meet the Filmmakers

Benjamin Howard – Director/Writer/Editor

Benjamin Howard is an Emmy-recognized writer, director and producer. Benjamin’s narrative projects often explore personal themes related to sexual identity, particularly through a ‘coming-of-age’ lens. His undergraduate thesis project Deviant was recognized with a Student Emmy Award in 2019. Benjamin is earning his M.F.A. in Film Production / Directing at UCLA, and is currently developing his debut feature Riley.

Laura Scarano – Producer

Laura Scarano earned a B.A. in History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute. Her mission has always been to elevate artists, building them a platform to make an impact on others and present their work to the world. While in New York, she worked in non-profits with fine artists, writers, and filmmakers. Today, Laura produces films in Los Angeles and New York.

Michael Elias Thomas – Cinematographer

Michael is a recent graduate of the M.F.A. Cinematography Program at UCLA. His thesis film First Position, an 80’s dance drama which he wrote, directed and shot himself on 16mm film, premiered at Frameline in 2019. Currently, he works as a cinematographer and colorist for short films and music videos and resides in Hollywood, CA.

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Contact

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