Chocolate Cake and Dirty Dishes
"Chocolate Cake and Dirty Dishes" is our senior thesis project, a short about an abduction, abuse, and overcoming fear. We aim to shed insightful light on these dark subjects in the form of an intense, character-driven short that avoids heavy-handedness while showing artistic skill and heart.
Inclusion StatementOur film tackles the oft-avoided subject of abuse head-on, showing the disastrous consequences abuse can have for both men and women. We also have a diverse cast with a Chilean lead and a young Asian girl in a key supporting role.
About The Project
This film is our senior thesis project.
Most times, we've noticed, student films tend to be weird and creative -- but rarely memorable and dramatically compelling (especially at once). We're aiming to reverse this trend with "Chocolate Cake and Dirty Dishes." With your support, we aim to create a powerful short film that tackles a dark, complex subject matter and raises the bar for what a short film can be (especially one made by students).
To that end, we're partnering with professional actors/crew to make this short have all the legitimacy of a million-dollar, studio-produced short.
But why this story?
From a certain perspective, this film is about abuse. But from our perspective, it's really not. It's about the survivors of abuse. This film follows the journey of a busboy named Sal who has recently experienced traumatic abuse that he was, though physically capable, unable to fight and escape. But the film is not about the abusers. It's about Sal, the survivor.
One night, Sal comes to face to face with another survivor. What happens when the fate of a survivor is in the hands of another survivor? How can Sal help her, he wonders to himself, when he can't even help himself? It's this journey the film explores.
This story and subject matter are close to both our hearts. We don't want to tell a story that glorifies or puts a spotlight on abusers. Rather, we want to put a spotlight on the survivors. And that's what this film will do.
Where are you filming this?
We have already secured an awesome location for filming -- an eccentric, quirky, and remote restaurant in Cleveland, TN. Check it out:
Awesome, right? And best of all, we're able to use this location for FREE. But not everything is free in this world. That's why we had to put together a budget to make this film happen.
Below, we've included a budget breakdown so you can see how the money you donate will be used in production. For a more detailed (and less ugly) look at the budget, check out the Wishlist section of our page.
Use the WishList to pledge cash and loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an incentive directly.
About This Team
ANTHONY NELSON -- DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/WRITER
Ever since he was young, Anthony has loved telling stories. Before enrolling in film school, Anthony wrote and directed two feature films with his high school classmates. But his journey as a storyteller was only beginning. After working for a year in Cambodia as an English teacher, Anthony came to realize how integral a role stories play in the formation of our worldview, culture, and identity. Subsequently, after his first semester of film school, Anthony's short script "Cambodian Lullaby" won 3rd place in Cinequest's International Film Festival. In short, Anthony's approach and drive to tell stories are perfectly encapsulated by the following lyrics: "When the wrong story is selling, may you find your own worth writing."
JOSHUA TREVILCOCK -- LEAD ACTOR/PRODUCER/WRITER/EDITOR
With an up and coming acting career that spans the genres of short film, theatre, and feature film, Joshua Trevilcock has been entertaining a paying crowd since he was 9 years old. After his first year of film school, Joshua was cast to play a major role in a feature film. Only a year later, he was cast to play the lead role of Usnavi in a community theatre production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights. Joshua’s always loved imagining vast worlds and wacky characters, but for him, the best part about acting is that it allows a person to tap into their inner child, to attain a purer understanding of the world and its inhabitants, by playing pretend. With a love of variety and achieving empathy, Joshua brings a rare and raw vulnerability to each role he takes on.