DISTANCE is a short film about two estranged sisters who are forced reunite when the despondent younger sibling is kicked out of college and refuses to seek help. It's a story about the beautiful, messy, and complex relationship between siblings and how far they are willing to go to reconnect.
Mission StatementDistance is a story about women, written by a woman, and directed by a woman! We're filling out our cast & crew with almost entirely female artists. We're committed to creating a collaborative environment that centers these voices & pays them for their work.
About The Project
At the heart of this film is the bond between two sisters.
Joey and May don't talk anymore. Or at least they weren't talking. That is, until Joey gets a little too close to the edge with some prescription drugs and gets kicked out of college.
Fresh out of the hospital with an absentee father and a narcissistic mother, the only person left to come collect Joey and take her home is her estranged sister May.
Nothing like a long car ride to drive all of your childhood trauma to the surface, am I right?
This isn't your average road trip. There are no fun throwback tunes to sing along to...well there is a pretty gruesome true crime podcast, does that count?
It's got heart, it's got humor (even if it is dark humor), and it all takes place inside a car in the middle of nowhere!
This is a film I wrote loosely based on my relationship with my own sister (very loosely, I swear!), but it touches on some truths that I think anyone with siblings or close family members can relate to.
The shared history, the need to define yourself outside of the parameters of your family, unconditional love and loving someone even when you don't like them.
This is a story that the audience can connect to!
As a writer, I wanted to create characters that felt real and lived in. Characters that communicated like real siblings communicate...which is not very well.
By supporting this film you are also helping to further the careers of the women and non-binary creators that are a part of it.
We are working to create opportunities for voices that don't get to be heard as often as they should be in the film industry. Both in front of and behind the camera. Your contribution makes a very real difference in helping us achieve this goal.
Seri DeYoung is an LA-based actress and director. She is currently cast in recurring roles on Freeform’s Good Trouble and S.W.A.T. on CBS. The films she has directed have been screened at festivals domestically and abroad, winning “best screenplay” for her film In Touch and “best short” and “audience award” for Still Life, which received distribution with ShortsTV. Her latest short film "Throw Like A Girl" has already been well received and is currently in consideration for film festivals. Seri is currently working on the feature length documentary Tender Points, which follows the journey of a young woman with Fibromyalgia and her search for hope.
Daphne Fischer is an actor, screenwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles. She wrote and produced her first short film, "Enough", at the age of 19 which went on to screen at several film festivals including the California Women's Film Festival and Lady Filmmakers Film Festival. "Enough" also received over 150,000 views online. Based on the success of her first short film, Daphne started a YouTube channel dedicated to talking about mental health that garnered over 200,000 views. She has appeared as a guest star on "This Just In" on PopTV and "Deadly Sins". Daphne is no stranger to hardship, but approaches every obstacle with a fearless determination that she plans to bring to this project as well.
A little character inspiration for our "despondent younger sibling", Joey!
And her perfectionist sister, May:
Plus some inspiration for the overall vibe of our film:
We are raising funds for the production of DISTANCE. It’s a simple script but this vision costs money!
All funds raised will go to our incredible cast, crew, renting camera equipment, locations, food, permits, hair and makeup, the works! We stated earlier that we were passionate about centering women's voices and that includes paying them for their work.
We have also factored COVID-19 into our budget. We plan to shoot this in the fall, following all union safety regulations. We will have a small crew, will social distance at all times, and will get tested before the shoot.
Passion will get this film made and an appropriate level of funding will get this film made right. Your support not only helps us make this one film, but in turn helps us as rising female filmmakers continue to expand our careers.
We are going to create an incredible film, and we thank you in advance for helping us make it happen!
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About This Team
Daphne Fischer is an actor, screenwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. She moved out to LA on her own at the age of 16 and has been dedicated to her artistry every since. She produced her first short film, "Enough", at the age of 19 which went on to screen at several film festivals including the California Women's Film Festival and Lady Filmmakers Film Festival. Based on the success of her first short film, Daphne started a YouTube channel dedicated to talking about mental health that garnered over 200,000 views. She has appeared as a guest star on "This Just In" on PopTV and "Deadly Sins". Daphne is no stranger to hardship, but approaches every obstacle with a fearless determination that she plans to bring to this project as well.
Seri DeYoung is an LA-based actress and director. She is currently cast in recurring roles on Freeform’s Good Trouble and S.W.A.T. on CBS. The films she has directed have been screened at festivals domestically and abroad, winning “best screenplay” for her film In Touch and “best short” and “audience award” for Still Life, which received distribution with ShortsTV. Her latest short film Throw Like A Girl, inspired by the true story of Jackie Mitchell- the 17 year old girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig- has already been well received and is currently in consideration for film festivals. Seri is currently working on the feature length documentary Tender Points, which follows the journey of a young woman with Fibromyalgia and her search for hope.
Distance is the second collaboration between Seri and Daphne Fischer and she is thrilled to be working alongside her again. Seri hopes that this raw story of sisters reconnecting will resonate with those who watch the film as much as Daphne’s script resonated with her.
Danielle Shipp is an actress and content creator based out of Los Angeles. As a consistently working commercial actress she’s been cast alongside Samuel L Jackson and directed by Spike Lee, amongst a slew of other national commercial jobs. Her most recent theatrical booking is on upcoming series Sneakerheads where she also worked with award winning director Dave Meyers.
Danielle produces and shares her own content on her successful coffee blog, Blend and Chat. This work has garnered her brand deals with Coffee Bean, OXO, Panera Bread, and Don Francisco - who selected her to be a brand ambassador for the Emmys. Blend and Chat has a thriving following which serves the coffee community and beyond.
She is beyond elated to be working with such a powerhouse group of womxn and to help produce a beautiful and honest story.
Monique Gelineau is an LA based Actress and Producer, with a BFA degree in Acting from CSUFullerton and training at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. She has appeared on the TV show The Young & The Restless, and starred in the feature film Lucifer opposite Teen Wolf’s Ryan Kelley, and the last short film she produced has been accepted into the 2020 Portland Comedy Film Festival. Monique also played the role of April in Lincoln 2020, a Hollywood Fringe Festival Best of The Broadwater 2020 Award Winner. This powerhouse group of female creatives is what drew Monique to this project. She’s inspired by what each of them bring to the table, and loves the authenticity in which the characters are portrayed.
Brett Hargrave is an LA based actor, writer, and producer. She has been in over 30 musical productions such as Generation Me (Zoe) at The Hudson Theatre and Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizon. She is also known for her work in All Good Things (Calista) and Weedjies: Halloweed Night (Madison) both available on Amazon Prime. She was in Daphne’s first film, Enough, and is very excited about working with her to produce her second film, Distance.
Kristen Cook is a singer/songwriter, actor, voiceover actor and producer with over 20 years experience in the entertainment business. She moved to LA from Boston, after graduating Berklee College of Music, and considers herself an East coast kid at heart, with her roots now planted in the west. Kristen has independently released 4 albums of original music, she’s self-produced dozens of live theater events and starred in multiple performances including a twenty-two-show run of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Musical at The Actor’s Co-Op Theater in Hollywood, last year. Kristen is super excited to be co-producing Distance movie, and was drawn to the characters in the story right away, having two sisters 15 years younger than she, who both live across the country and feel a world apart from her at times.
Jack Barber is a trained actor turned producer! They are working on this project to help realize the ambitious artistic vision of their incredibly talented friend Daphne. Jack has been acting for 8 years and it wasn't until this last year working with Daphne as their regular scene partner they became an actor. Proudly genderqueer and pansexual, their main goal in life is to put as many skilled, talented GSM and BIPOC individuals on screen as possible, and tell as many of those stories as they can. Being a part of this team is an exciting opportunity to develop their production skills as they'll be needing them to fulfill that goal. Jack moved up to LA at 18 to pursue their acting dream with the training they had from the Orange County School of the Arts. Over the last couple of years they've built up their skills and confidence as an artist and general human being through trial, error, and meeting some great people. So here they are to support one of those great people and help her make her film a reality.