When a loud crash rocks the quiet apartment complex of 100 Market Street, a couple decides to call the police. In the time it took the police to respond and request assistance from the landlord, 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was tragically murdered, and the killer had escaped; never to be found.
Inclusion StatementWith the production of GONE, diversity and inclusion are part of our DNA. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of the staff and crew. It fuels our innovation and connects us closer to the story's we are telling.
About The Project
On October 24th, 2011, Garrett Phillips was murdered in his mother’s apartment. Who committed this horrible act is still a mystery. A nearby neighbor and her boyfriend sit down for a quiet dinner, that is until they hear a crash. They decide to investigate the noise and find it to be coming from the apartment down the hall. After the girlfriend knocks on the door, the deadbolt suddenly locks from the other side. She immediately assumed that something isn’t right and calls the police. Minutes later, a police officer arrives. He too knocks on the door and hears movement inside the apartment. Not knowing exactly what to do, he calls dispatch. Dispatch told him the landlord was on the way with his keys, and he should just wait. The nervous officer follows the instructions and waits, all while hearing movement from within the apartment. When the landlord finally makes it to the apartment, the officer is relieved; he can finally see if anyone is hurt inside the home. When the door is finally opened, the officer realizes he had waited too long. 12-year-old Garrett Phillips had been strangled to death, and the killer had escaped from a window, never to be found. All this happened while the police officer stood at the front door.
Police have never found the killer. The events following the murder have been highly scrutinized and even explored in the hit HBO documentary "Who Killed Garrett Phillips?" What "Gone" explores are the events leading up to the murder. From the 911 call from a nervous neighbor, or the inexperienced police officer who didn't respond in time, and the murderer who successfully escaped capture out of a second-story window. Gone explores the harrowing moments leading up to the loss of an innocent young boy.
Brandon Demchak, the writer and director, hopes to keep the story of Garrett Phillips alive with his retelling of actual events. He knows that this is a sensitive story for many, and hopes to handle those critical moments with care and grace. He hopes that this film will shed new light on this case and offer a point-of-view not seen by any audience. Brandon believes that this film will help to keep the story alive and relevant, in hopes of eventually finding the person responsible.
Brandon Demchak was the writer and director of the critically acclaimed short, "Firecracker," which is currently being screened in film festivals across the globe. As a military veteran, he is highly praised for his work with post-war veterans and also hiring and training veterans for various film-related positions. Brandon is originally from Pismo Beach, CA and has a degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.
Once GONE is complete, we will submit it to film festivals across the globe. Global submission to festivals is key to getting as many eyes on the project as possible. We hope that the more people to see this film, the more people will be aware of the case. The more people who are aware of this case and interested in its outcome - the better chance is at solving the case. With your donations, all of this is possible.
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About This Team
Brandon is a writer and director known for Firecracker (2019) and Saving Private Ryan (Short)(2017). He spent seven years as a United States Paratrooper and attended Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television. Brandon is known for his ability to grab an audience's attention from the moment the first frame hits the screen and make them feel deeply for the characters on the screen.
Kevyn Delgado-Director of Photography
Kevyn Delgado is a DP from Ecuador and now resides in Los Angeles. Kevyn has been the director of photography for award winning films and TV shows, “The Last Ripe Hass” and “For Evan’s Sake”. Other works include, “King of Wishful Thinking”, “Tess” and PBS’s hit show “Success Files”. Kevyn’s background is not only in narrative film and scripted TV, but also has a portfolio of corporate commercials. In 2015, Kevyn graduated with a BA in film production from Brooks Institute.
Montea Robinson-Executive Producer
Montea Robinson hails from New York City, having recently relocated to California as Program Director of Ghetto Film School Los Angeles. After completing a BFA in Experimental Film from the SUNY Purchase School of Film and Media studies, Montea began her career as a broadcast and post production producer in commercial advertising. Dedicated to serving young people with a passion for the arts, she is thrilled continue this work in Los Angeles through the Ghetto Film School
Christopher Rothman-Executive In Charge of Production
Chris Rothman has worked in digital and television production for the last 10 years and has contributed to various roles and with multiple production companies including Dick Clark, Ken Ehrlich, Done and Dusted, Fox Broadcasting, Viacom and many more. Including and not limited to the Primetime Emmy’s, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, The Golden Globes.
Quality, quick and compassionate producing is what drives Adam forward in every project he works on. Adam has worked on commercial, music video, reality, documentary, animation and narrative film production. He has worked for companies such as CBS, Free Form, The Directors Bureau, American Zoetrope and This Is Just A Test Productions.
Trevor Rothman is a director and producer from Denver, Colorado who works in television and film production in Los Angeles. Trevor has recently directed and produced two narrative films, “The Last Ripe Hass” and “Treez”, with official selections coming from Film Fest Tucson, and Los Angeles Underground Film Festival, and Venice Shorts. His production management works include E! People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, NBC’s Songland, MTV Unplugged: Shawn Mendes, and many more. Trevor graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 and has been working in production since he was a teen
Katt Hall-Art Director
Katt Hall is originally from the Pacific Northwest. For the last 3 years she has worked on a variety of sets. Hired by the American Film Institute as a Production Designer, as well as multiple other Art Department jobs on the Indie film circuit including The Elderly Man and Goodnight. Her work continues on larger scale shows including the Frozen 2 making of Docu-series, MTV Movie Awards, and the Primetime Emmy's.
Kara McGuire-Assistant Director
Kara McGuire is originally from New York and is a proud Boston University alum. In her 8 years in the entertainment industry, she’s had the honor to work on Project Runway, the MTV Movie Awards, MTV Unplugged, E! Live from the Red Carpet and more.
Charles Conrad-Unit Production Manager
Charles Conrad has been working in television and film production for the last 4 years. In that time he has worked for companies including 20th Century Fox, Comedy Central, Food Network, NBC, CBS, and Nickelodeon. Working on The Next Food Network Star, the Roasts of Rob Lowe and Bruce Willis, The Emmys, MTV Movie Awards, and Stand Up To Cancer.