A dramedy about divorcing parents who are legally required to attend "Divorce School". Parents begin to learn, both in and out of the classroom, how to create inspiring, extraordinary lives while maintaining their sanity. Enjoy the trailer and meet the producers directly afterwards.
Inclusion StatementOur project was written, directed, produced, and edited by women. Our cast and crew represent people from diverse backgrounds and our stories encompass everyone - gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age, education, and economic status.
About The Project
So what the heck is Divorce School anyway?
Our co-creator, Julie first learned about Divorce School (yes -it's real!) from her husband, Alan, who was a real student of "Divorce School."
When he and his ex-wife were separating, in order for the divorce to be finalized, it was required by law for them to take a series of classes. In the state of Connecticut (and in some other states as well), if a couple has children under 18 years old, both parents must take court-ordered parenting education classes where they learn about the issues children of divorce face, and how to raise the kids in a healthy way.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL THEY LEARN....
And that's where our series gets fun!
What could possibly happen when you put a group of recently independent adults in a classroom, together with a social worker, whose one goal is to help them and their children move on in a healthy way? And what if that social worker has, well.....some secrets of her own? You get....
Divorce School does not discriminate and nobody gets a free pass. Whether you're juggling 3 jobs to pay the bills, impressing your new girlfriend on your private jet, or governing the state of Connecticut, if you're getting divorced and you have kids under 18, you will be there.
With the help of an inspirational (albeit, romantically-challenged) social worker, our newly single characters navigate guilt, passion, anger, humor, bonding, love, lust, inspiration, despair, excitement, and best of all, the opportunity to start over.
Divorce is not the end -- it's just the beginning.
When Julie Zelman approached me about writing and directing Divorce School I was thrilled. I immediately saw the potential of the idea and was excited to bring this world to life. Julie and I have had a fantastic time creating Divorce School, developing the script, assembling the talent, working with the most amazing crew, and producing the pilot. I couldn't have asked for a better partner and I can't wait to share our show with the world.
-- Dana Marisa Schoenfeld
Besides the stellar cast and crew for whom we have so much gratitude, we have so many other people to thank in both Fairfield County CT, and at Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, NY, where we shot most of our scenes.
And we thank you all of you for your support as well!
We have already financed and shot the pilot but in order to complete it and continue with our post-production and marketing efforts, we are looking to raise a bare minimum of $20,000. This will help cover the costs in our "Wish List"on the following page. We also have reach goals!
The following are ways that you can help spread the word about our project. We are so appreciative of your time, energy and financial support:
- FOLLOW US! Following helps us build an audience. Follow us on Seed and Spark (the follow button is to the right of the trailer on this page), Instagram and Facebook
- SHARE OUR PAGE! Please support us by sharing our page on both social media and via email to friends, family, acquaintances, your couples' couselor, your dry cleaner.....everyone and anyone!
- FINANCIAL SUPPORT. There are two ways to financially support us. On the "wish list" page you will see a list of post-production needs we have, such as sound-editing, color correction and pick-up days. You can click on any of the boxes, contribute any amount (and we mean any, as no contribution is too big or too small) and your alimony, err.... donation will go directly towards that need. OR, we have a list of perks, such as social media shout-outs, Divorce School Swag and IMDB credits, that correspond directly with the specific donation amount.
We can't thank you enough! With your support, we hope to inspire while bringing joy and laughter to a small screen near you!
Use the WishList to pledge cash and loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an incentive directly.
About This Team
Dana Marisa Schoenfeld (Writer/Director/Producer/Actor/Editor):
Dana is an award winning writer, director, producer, actor, and editor. Although never married or divorced, Dana remains committed to her passions and would happily get a divorce if she met the right man and then realized he wasn't the right man afterall. She would attend divorce school and sit in the front of the class, hoping to get an A, or meet a hot dude, whichever comes first. Past award-winning projects include the dramedy pilot East, the art heist short film, Sasha, and the romantic comedy, Swiped Right. Dana has many upcoming projects, including a starring role in the upcoming series, CrazyTown, and a starring role in the upcoming feature film, Ten Beads. She also has several feature films that she plans to produce and direct. IMDB
Julie Zelman (Producer/Actor):-- Julie is married to the man who, in reality, attended divorce school (actually called Parenting Education Program) and is proud of her relationship with both of her teenage step-kids, Fox and Lane. Even more inspiring is her amazing relationship with her step kids' mom, Tracy, who, having also attended Divorce School in real life, was one of our creative consultants.
Julie executive produced and starred in the short film, Just Perfect with Brad Kane (exec prod: Fringe, Black Sails, Warrior), co-starring Cari Shayne (General Hospital, Criminal Minds, Cold Case) and associate produced Dana Marisa Schoenfeld's short parody, Drumpf. Acting credits include Blast from the Past, Grown-Ups, Days of Our Lives and many national and regional commercials. IMDB
Dana and Julie are both native New Yorkers, University of Michigan graduates, and former LA residents. Although their paths have been similar and they have technically known each other since they were kids, it's ironically Divorce (well, Divorce School) that ultimately brought them together.
Alan Schanzer -- Our camera-shy (no pictures please!) real-life alumni of Divorce School, expert creative consultant, exceptional dad, and most importantly, the reason this pilot exists..... it was Alan's original idea!