A dark ensemble comedy. A modern film noir. A cautionary tale for families that drift apart. A woman in a new place, in WAY over her head. Closure is about what one woman does to bring together her dead mother and her missing sister one more time, while discovering what is missing from her own life.
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About The Project
Coming straight from her mother’s funeral, Nina lands at LAX without her luggage and scant hopes of finding her estranged sister, Carrie. Nina meets Yasmina, Carrie’s New Age roommate, who informs Nina that Carrie hasn’t been seen for months. Since the rent is paid through the end of the month, Nina takes over Carrie's room, her clothes, and her car as she pieces together what happened to her sister.
After discovering very little from the few people who knew Carrie, Nina files a police report with two odd detectives, Franklin and O’Leary, but warn her that missing people are either dead or don't want to be found. Nina learns that Carrie worked for a high end matchmaker service, where women are paired up with paying men for dates to events, companionship, and more. These women are not one-off hires, but recruits for relationships as mistresses and girlfriends. Since Nina and Carrie look very much alike, when Nina scopes out the high-end bar where the match ups take place, the manager demands "Nina" returns to work. Nina does, but only after convincing the upstairs neighbor Jack to show up and seek out her services so she doesn’t have to actually match up with anyone.
Jack fails to show, and after turning down “date” offers from a number of unseemly men, Nina accepts a date with Hugo, an affable nice guy. Now on the inside, Nina learns more about who the operation and races to figure out what happened to Carrie while struggling to keep her relationship with Hugo platonic. Each step closer to Carrie puts her more in danger, not just from the organization, but from an increasingly wary Hugo.
Catia and I moved to Los Angeles after meeting in New York, working together in theater, and marrying in New York City. We moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to continue work in film and television. We both discovered that moving across the country can be traumatic, and realized that even though it was difficult, imagine how much more difficult it would be for someone to set foot in a new city knowing no one. Especially difficult when the goal prompting the trip to the new city is elusive, with no clear path on how to achieve the goal. In this way, Nina's journey to find her sister is similar to all artists who relocate to Los Angeles to find that elusive "success."
Our foot in the door was a production of my play It is Done, which starred Catia. Following successful productions in New York and Los Angeles (where it was named one of the top productions of 2012 by The Huffington Post) the script was optioned by Ambush Entertainment.
I quickly realized the limitations of a writer in the film medium. Not only could I not guarantee my wife gets to audition for the role I created for her, but I could also be replaced at any time during the process. I accepted this as part of how show business works, and completely understand the need for producers to have this protection.
However, this limitation on my creative freedom was part of the inspiration for the script Closure. I wanted to write a movie that I could direct myself, and I deliberately wrote characters for the talented actors I know, and locations I could secure easily. Both Catia and I were sidetracked by various wonderful projects in film, television and theater, but we yearned to work together again. The story was developed in our spare time. Producer Beau Genot read the script and wanted to make the film, and we continued to hone the story to make it compelling and touching, while still making sure it could be shot on a limited budget. We searched for a window of opportunity in our disparate schedules.
And the window is in April 2017! Catia will likely return to work in May as a series regular on the hit Amazon Studios TV Show Just Add Magic, and a few actors we want all return to TV jobs in the coming months. To make this movie with the talented ensemble who helped inspire the characters would be the best way to successfully tell our story.
Inclusion StatementClosure is a female-driven story. Our protagonist Nina lives under the shadow of her mother and sister. The people she meets on her adventure are diverse in race and gender. The gender equality will be reflective off camera as well, from co-producers to our female Director of Photography on down.
About This Team
Here is the Closure team so far. More team members will be added as we get closer to production:
CATIA OJEDA "Nina"
Catia currently stars on Amazon Studio's TV show Just Add Magic. Other TV credits include American Housewife, Hawaii 5-0, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, 30 Rock, and many more. Feature film credits include Legends of the Hidden Temple and Painkillers. She starred in the national tour of The 101 Dalmatians Musical (directed by Jerry Zaks). She was nominated for an Ovation Award as Best Supporting Actress in a play for her performance in the play Brendan.
MILENA GOVICH "Prudence"
Milena starred as Nina Cassady, the only female detective series regular on the original Law and Order. She was also a series regular on Conviction and had recurring roles on Rescue Me and Finding Carter. She is a three time Broadway veteran, including playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
JOHN SLOAN "Jack"
John starred in the FOX sitcom Happy Hour and the web series Farmed and Dangerous. He had recurring roles in Commander in Chief, The Triangle, and Judging Amy as well as guest starring roles in many other shows. He is co-Artistic Director of Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
ALEX GOLDBERG (Writer/Director)
Alex is a playwright, screenwriter, TV writer and director. He co-wrote the SciFi drama Fade to White and directed the feature existential comedy Today Will be Yesterday Tomorrow. He has written or is writing screenplays for Amaru Films, 13 Stories Productions, and Mirror Core Productions. He has also had three original screenplays optioned. On stage, he has had five full-length plays, over 20 short plays, and a musical produced. In New York City has plays have been produced at The Flea, HERE, APAC, FringeNYC, Emerging Artists Theater, Midtown Int’l Theater Festival (Winner, Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script), and Planet Connection Festivity (Winner, Outstanding Production of a One-Act). His works have also been produced in Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Columbus, San Pedro, and Taiwan (in Mandarin). His play It is Done was just published.
BEAU GENOT (Producer)
Beau is the owner of 5100 Films, LLC, and 5100 Post, with decades of experience as a Producer and Post Production Supervisor. He produced for acclaimed directors Gregg Araki, Robert King, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He produced and directed the documentary short film Trucker Patti. As a Post Production Supervisor, he is known for work on films that span all genres, including respected documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth, Inside Deep Throat, and The Bridge. Beau has a reputation for nurturing first-time directors and keeping them sane during the crazy world of feature-film post production. Beau is a member in good standing of the Producers Guild of America. He has lectured at UCLA, AFI and Columbia College, Hollywood.
STEVE ROUSSEAU (Line Producer)
Steve is a producer, screenwriter, videographer and director. He created the online series Body Politic - a political drama/thriller about a rising L.A. politician on the brink of scandal in a hyper-connected world. Body Politic was an Official Selection at the 2013 New York Television Festival (NYTVF); 2013 Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film & Webisode Festival (winner, Best Webisode and Audience Award); 2013 LA Web Series Festival (Winner, Outstanding Achievement by an Actress in a Drama, Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Actor in a Drama). In 2008, he wrote, directed and co-produced the short Rubicon, which received Official Selection status at Holly Shorts Film Festival. At Playhouse West Film Festival (PWFF) it won the Best Actress in a Short Film Award, and was nominated for Best Short Subject Screenplay, Best Director: Short Film and Best Short Film. Steve holds a B.F.A. in Acting (Playwriting concentration) from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Most recently, he completed Quality Los Angeles, a year-long, black- and-white “experimental documentary” about the rapidly changing landscape of Downtown L.A.