We’re Gonna Die Alone

A story about love, friendship, and tiny dicks!

Project type: Fiction Short
Project status: Development
Writer/Director: Portlynn Tagavi
Producer: Greg Schroeder
Cinematographer: TJ Thickett
Editor: Camilla Bartoli
Production Designer: Kelly Stark Reckert
Email: portlynntagavi@gmail.com
Website: weregonnadiealonefilm.com
Facebook: weregonnadiealone
Instagram: @weregonnadiealonefilm
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Having spent months consoling her recently dumped best friend Sofia, Rudy, a twenty-nine-year-old pushover must tell hysterical Sofia that she’s moving in with her own boyfriend only to realize that maybe she’s making a huge mistake.


When twenty-something Rudy is pressured by her pushy boyfriend Zane to move in together there is only one problem… She’ll have to tell her best friend and roommate Sofia, who’s just been brutally dumped, that she’s moving out. Knowing she’s supposed to sign her new lease in the morning, the pressure is on for Rudy to decide. Either move into a lovely townhome with her boyfriend or stay in her crappy apartment with her hysterical best friend who needs her.

Meet the Filmmakers

Portlynn Tagavi – Writer/Director
Portlynn Tagavi is a Persian Creole writer/director. Originally working as a story artist in animation for Paramount, Psyop, the Jim Henson Company, and DreamWorks, Portlynn then went on to develop herself as a live-action director at AFI (2019) where she received her MFA. Her award-winning short film “They Won’t Last” has been recognized by festivals such as Bentonville Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival, Prague International Indie Film Festival, the BAFTA Shortlist, and College Television Awards – (Best Comedy Short Winner). Currently, Portlynn is working on her feature as well as numerous shorts.

Greg Schroeder – Producer
Gregory M. Schroeder completed his MFA in Producing from AFI Conservatory in 2019. He produced the sci-fi/horror short “Progeny” (2019), and fantasy/comedy short “Witchin'” (2019), which have won dozens of awards and screened at prestigious film festivals worldwide. In 2020, Gregory produced the short film “Like Flying”, which has been distributed by Dedza Films and The Criterion Collection. Since 2021, Gregory has worked as a producer and writer/director with Echobend Pictures and the Open Light Film Collective.

TJ Thickett – Cinematographer
TJ Thickett is a Los Angeles-based Cinematographer working in narrative films and commercials. Before entering the MFA program at The American Film Institute Conservatory he worked in the San Francisco, bay area for six years. He is the Cinematographer of several award-winning short films including “Progeny”, “Now is a Bad Time”, “This Is War” and “The Proceedings”. TJ is always searching for new and exciting projects to collaborate on and is especially passionate about genre filmmaking using a story-first approach to cinematography in an effort to elevate films to the best that they can be.

Camilla Bartoli – Editor
Camilla is a film editor based in Los Angeles. She was born in Italy and grew up between France, China, the USA, and the UK. She recently received her MFA in Post Production Editing from the American Film Institute Conservatory. Camilla has worked as an editor and assistant editor on a variety of projects ranging from award-winning short films, music videos, to indie feature films. Before attending AFI, she freelanced for Create Productions, had work experience from companies such as Whisper Films and ENVY Post-Production, and was Head of Post-Production for rhubarbTV (university TV station).

Kelly Stark Reckert – Production Designer
Kelly Stark is a graduate of Drew University in New Jersey, where she earned a BA Studio Art. She started her film career in New York City working with the Marla Weinhoff Studio with clients including Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. She has worked in all areas of the art department, including as props assistant for Dir. Andrea Arnold’s Jury Prize-awarded American Honey (2016), Set Decorator for Ink Master Season 12 and as Production Designer on Meghan Trainor’s music video “My Kind of Present” and Art Director for Diplo’s latest music video. After having worked for 9 years in New York on everything from photo shoots and events to commercials and films, she now lives and works in Los Angeles. Kelly’s work is detail oriented, and she especially enjoys bringing sets to life through careful consideration of their context and characters. Kelly has recently become a member of IATSE Local 800.

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