Palms in the Sand
There are no protagonists/antagonists, no overarching theme of what’s right/wrong, just messy and unapologetic humans. We believe this film’s themes can resonate with everyone, regardless of age, gender, social status, or sexual orientation. An additional perk is the setting - beautiful SLO!
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About The Project
Palms in the Sand is a passion project conceived by Allen Negrete and created with the generous support of friends, family, and local businesses in San Luis Obispo County. The film centers around four characters, two high school seniors and two college-aged students. It’s these characters that are the focus rather than the specific story that unfolds. The film displays these characters’ conflicting perspectives on love, relationships, and life during a time period that will feel familiar - the transition from one period of young adulthood to another. The audience gets to revisit those unexpected moments of prom, graduation, and the summer that precedes life’s next chapter.
The Palms in the Sand screenplay is based on the observations Allen had made of friends and their relationships. Relationships always have two sides to the story, and one isn’t always necessarily more valid than the other. The four constantly shifting perspectives on display fascinates Allen.
While the filming stage may now be complete, we are at the half-way point of our journey in completing the film. In true indiefilm fashion, our team is small and we all wear multiple hats. We get to control our art but the journey takes more patience and time. We thank Seed & Spark and their sponsors for this platform to aid us in the second half of our journey, with the support of you, our audience. We so want to achieve the goals of attaining 500 Campaign Followers and being Greenlit during the #100DaysofDiversity movement, so the film can reach a wider audience.
Inclusion StatementOur cast/crew come from a variety of backgrounds, representing an array of ethnicities. Part of the exploration & fun of this project was purposely choosing a diverse cast who'd weave in their own selves into the base of the characters to further color/develop the script into the mosaic it is today.
About This Team
Writer & Director Allen Negrete is a self-taught filmmaker from San Luis Obispo, CA. He's made a few short films before taking on 'Palms in the Sand' as his first feature-length film. When Allen's not making movies with friends, he enjoys working on other people's projects as an actor which has included a variety of local commercials and a lead in a play at the SLO Little Theatre. This year, he plans to move down to LA to continue collaborating with other creative people.
Executive Producer & Actor Alpha Faye is an actor/producer/writer from New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. After gradutating with a BA in Theatre, she booked lead & supporting roles in several stage productions on the East Coast, then took a hiatus from acting. With her passion for education, she focused on strengthening literacy across the nation, project planning and living in remote areas like the "bush" of Alaska and the Navajo nation. She continues to present literacy-based workshops across America. Alpha "made the move" to Los Angeles in June 2015 to refocus her acting career in film. She hit the ground running and booked a music video, 2 shorts, and 2 features. With experience in project planning and the mentorship of industry producers, she ventured into producing this film in 2016. She is ecstatic to collaborate with the Palms in the Sand production team and watch the artistry unfold as the cast & crew bring Allen Negrete's vision to reality.
Boom Operator aka "Sound Overlord" Dilip Sidhu: "Hello my name is Dilip, I love watching re-runs of 90's movies such as Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, and The Rock. Some of my favorite TV shows include Rick and Morty, Archer, and Bojack Horseman. I also happen to be an amateur philoshoper - constantly pondering why I keep losing half of my Oreos to the bottom of a glass of milk."
Hair & Make-Up Artist Cassidy Crawford studied makeup design in the Fall of 2016 at Make Up Designory in Burbank, CA. Following her graduation she worked on multiple films and sets in the LA area. She now is located on the central coast in San Luis Obispo county, working mostly in special events and weddings where she can balance her family life and passion for makeup design.
Actor & Key Production Assistant Jairus Carey always wanted to be an actor, so in 2015 he finally made the move from Baton Rouge, Lousiana to Los Angeles to pursue that dream. Since then he has been involved in 5 feature films, 3 commercials and continues to add to his resume. He also has a talent for rapping. Under the name "Young Rouge" he is currently working on a new single as of today, and planning to release a mixtape within a couple of months.
Actor & Production Assistant Alex Thomas is an amateur actor/voice artist. He started his voice over work at the age of 13 and has continued it now 10 years later. He's worked on his craft through YouTube, college courses, and has been featured in a couple app games for Android and iOS. He's an avid superhero fan and hopes to star in such related media in the future.
Soleil Bouchereau "Sierra"
Soleil Ceseña Bouchereau was born and raised in Los Angeles and no, sadly she does not know how to surf (not from a lack of trying, she promises). Soleil has always wanted to be an actor growing up, but never had the confidence to follow her dreams. Thanks to the love and support of her parents, they pushed her to really chase after that. Actresses that Soleil admires include Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Alba. She looks up to women who have innovative paths and show strength, kindness and vulnerability. Acting and storytelling is something that comes from Soleil's heart. She hopes she can make you laugh and bring as much joy through film as they have done for her.
Zander Wylie "Ray"
Zander Wylie is an actor from New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 2012 with a couple suitcases and not much else. He has continued to push forward in his career despite trouble and set back, but "Hey, that's our business." He loves acting because to him "it's just playing and having fun" - getting to live other lives he wouldn't have the chance to otherwise. He hopes to have continued success playing more rolls and characters he loves. On a side note, he also loves football. Roll Tide.
Krista West "Amy"Krista Marie West was born in Oceanside, California. At the age of 10, Krista gained representation with a talent agency, which landed her her first ever on-screen appearance. In 2013, Krista received an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Acting for Film & Television from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Performing in multiple theaters, many short films, and gaining experience in the ADR booth as well as on the Universal backlot. Her time at NYFA proved to be invaluable, helping her shape her craft and personally reflect on her future career plans. Since graduating, Krista has been taking Meisner technique classes at James Franco's Studio 4 in North Hollywood. Utilizing her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in conjunction with her acting degree, she has worked not only as an Actress but also in the Costume, Set/Prop and Production departments; collaborating with other like-minded artists is her favorite part about creating and sharing stories.
William Shewfelt "Henry"
Before acting, William was studying economics at the University of California, San Diego. He began acting in plays at the La Jolla Playhouse which led to commercials, short films, and TV roles. His acting influences include Marlon Brando, Brad Pitt, and Orlando Bloom. His current acting plans are to star in dramatic and action film roles.