BLIND DATE is a romantic comedy about the joys and perils of dating in the modern age of Tinder. Gloria's first date with Nick takes an unexpected turn when he starts to suspect that their lives might be in danger. Is he just being paranoid or could people really be after them?
Inclusion StatementThe heart of BLIND DATE is the character of Gloria, played by an Arab American actress. Our male lead is part Arab and our third lead is female. Behind the scenes are filmmakers of all ages, sexes and races and we're all committed to making the best film possible.
About The Project
You know that moment when you meet someone special and you have an instant connection? You can't explain it. It's just in the air and you can't ignore it.
That's how it is for Gloria and Nick tonight.
Gloria is a smart and sophisticated woman who is sick of all the dating app BS. She just wants to meet a great guy and -- based on their brief communication so far -- thinks Nick might be that guy.
Nick is handsome and charismatic but also a little nervous. His job makes it hard to date and even harder to find someone he'd like to date more than once.
When they meet, the sparks fly!
They're having drinks! They're making jokes! Everything is going great!
However, Gloria's lovely date takes an unexpected turn, when Nick's behavior starts to change.
He suddenly bolts up from his seat and says they have to leave! What? Why?
He thinks their lives might be in danger...
BLIND DATE takes place during one crazy night in Los Angeles and follows Gloria as she tries to figure out if this great guy is just being paranoid or if people are really trying to get them.
My name is David Schumann and I'm the writer and director of BLIND DATE.
For the last 15 years I’ve lived in Los Angeles and worked as a movie trailer editor. I’ve cut trailers and tv spots for movies like GRAVITY, AMERICAN SNIPER, JUMANJI, EDGE OF TOMORROW, STAR TREK and many of the Marvel movies such as CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS and DOCTOR STRANGE.
I've always loved movies. All movies. Big and Small. Hollywood and Independent. American and Foreign. From a steady diet of BACK TO THE FUTURE and GHOSTBUSTERS in my youth to the worlds of Scorsese, Altman, Spielberg, Coppola, Ashby, Fincher, Wes Anderson, Michael Mann and Steven Soderbergh in my teens and twenties.
The more variety of movies I saw, the more I fell in love with them and with the idea of what they could be. I loved getting caught up in their characters and stories. I also loved studying them and reading about how they were made. I became, not just obsessed with films, but with filmmaking.
JFK, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, GOODFELLAS, ANNIE HALL, JACKIE BROWN, THE FUGITIVE, DIE HARD. These are some of the movies I go back to time and time again.
About a year ago I decided it was finally time to take my lifelong love and passion for movies and make one of my own.
But first I needed to write something! I wrote a short script and was super excited about making it. Then I decided it was too ambitious to be my first short film so I put it aside and wrote BLIND DATE instead. Which, as it turns out is way more ambitious! But I loved the idea and was very excited by the possibility of what the film could be.
BLIND DATE is kind of a romantic comedy/action thriller hybrid. I was inspired by the grounded romantic comedy of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY..., the sexy cool of OUT OF SIGHT, MR. & MRS. SMITH and DRIVE and tense explosiveness of THE BOURNE IDENTITY.
What I love about these movies is that they represent the very best of their genres and they all have strong, sexy romantic leads and fun, unpredictable stories.
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About This Team
Zein Khleif - Actress, Gloria
Zein Khleif is an extremely talented Arab-American actress and singer, known for the independent short films WON'T YOU NOT BE MY NEIGHBOR, X-GEN and the upcoming LEILA'S GIFT. Zein has performed at The Kennedy Center, the Washington National Cathedral, and The White House (!) and she's going to kill it in the role of Gloria.
Tyler Courtad - Actor, Nick
Tyler brings a rugged handsomeness and winning charisma to the role of Nick. He's appeared in the short films ATONIA, OLD BLUE EYES and DON'T BLOW IT as well as numerous tv series and feature films like JACK REACHER.
Kara Mann - Actress, Camille
New Orleans native Kara Mann is an actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, and trained aerialist (!) She is known for her roles in SOMETHING STOLEN and TRAILER PARK JESUS and also recently finished her first theme song for the feature film, PARALYZED. She's appeared as a recurring co-star in the comedic television series BOOKED and as a series regular in the dramatic television series, LONESOME ROAD.
David Schumann - Writer, Director, Producer
For the last 15 years David has lived in Los Angeles and worked as a movie trailer editor. He's worked for some of the top trailer companies cutting trailers and tv spots for movies like GRAVITY, AMERICAN SNIPER, LOGAN, STAR TREK and many of the Marvel movies such as CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS, IRON MAN 3, and DOCTOR STRANGE. He's loved movies all his life and is so excited to make his writing and directing debut with BLIND DATE.
Mitch Yapko - Producer
Mitch has directed many shorts and web series pilots such as A LOVELY TREAT and HEAD CASE and produced a number of short films such as HOW TO BE LONELY AND DEPRESSED and SMILF. He's AD'd on music videos for The Weeknd, Paramore, Muse, Snoop Dogg and Of Monsters And Men. He’s also worked in casting, location managing and basically everything else. He’s worked on commercials, short films and feature films. The guy is a machine! We're super excited to have him as our producer.
Michael Smiy - Executive Producer
Michael is a writer, producer, director and an Associate Creative Director at mOcean, a major marketing firm in Los Angeles. In addition to writing and directing his own short films MECHANICAL EXPRESSION and VARIANCE, Michael also produced the feature film MUSE. He has worked on over 60 campaigns and directed tv promos for TLC, Delta Airlines, TNT, FX and most recently, HBO’s FAHRENHEIT 451.
Austin Sepulveda - Executive Producer
Austin received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. He has worked for numerous companies including Legendary Pictures, International Creative Management, Skydance Media, Open Road Films, Team Downey and Whitaker Entertainment. He has produced two feature films, MUSE and most recently LOOKS THAT KILL with Jeremy Garelick’s American High.
Sara Clausen - Associate Producer
As a dual U.S. and Japanese citizen, Sara Clausen grew up in two very different cultures – something that has fueled her desire to discover the human condition through film. Sara has produced numerous projects and commercials including HURRIA, a short about the Syrian Refugee Crisis, which won Best Student Film at the 2018 Chicago Peace on Earth Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2018 BAFTA Student Awards.
Gallo - Cinematographer
Christopher Gallo and I have known each other for over 10 years. He has worked as a DP for many years on music videos, commercials, documentaries and narrative shorts. His work includes campaigns for such brands as Nike, Chrysler, Subway, Alfa Romeo and he's shot videos for artists like Miley Cyrus, Will.i.am and Justin Timberlake. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and I know the film is going to look amazing because of him.
Russ Taylor - Casting/Production Coordinator
Like almost everyone else on our team, Russ is a multihyphenate. He's an actor, comedy writer, casting director and production manager/coordinator, with a degree in classical theater from Baylor University. In addition to studying at The Groundlings and Second City, Russ has cast and worked on promos for HBO, TNT, POP TV, Food Network, Cartoon Network and many more.
Jay Bender - Editor
Jay and I have known each other for almost 15 years now. He’s a fantastic editor that has worked on zillions of trailers such as SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, EVIL DEAD, MARVEL'S THE PUNISHER (for Netflix) and most recently, a little movie called AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. He’s also cut music videos and short films and I know this film is in good hands with him as the editor.
Doug Salkin - Consulting Producer, Post Production Supervisor
With over 25 years experiece, Doug Salkin has worked in almost every production and post position, with the notable exceptions of make-up and hair. He started by working on numerous independent features, including many Sundance and Toronto Film festival premieres and eventually transitioned to advertising big-budget studio blockbusters such as WATCHMEN, The HARRY POTTER series and THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. Doug has worked closely with many talented producers and directors, including Jonas Akerlund, Alison Anders and John Curran, helping them achieve their vision with the best possible picture and sound. We're lucky to have someone as experienced as Doug to help guide us through production and post production.