Based on a true story that is all too familiar today. A moment in time during WW2 when a young girl is questioned by a Nazi Lieutenant who wiles her with chocolate and outdoor play then tries to trick her into revealing their true identities by switching languages to expose her family is Jewish.
Inclusion StatementAs women filmmakers, our goal with this project is to create more opportunities for women of all races and backgrounds in front of and behind the camera. We hope to inspire children and adults to always do what's right as we follow one young girl's brave moment that forever shaped her entire future.
About The Project
In a world gone mad...
Who do you Trust?
I believe that telling one moment of bravery in a cinematic way, creates a universal story. My friend Inge Telcher has many stories, but one moment in her life, resonated with me. When running from the Nazis in Yugoslavia, Inge and her family had to change their identities while in Italy. A young Lieutenant tried to fool Inge into revealing their true identities. In conversation he would switch to asking her questions in German, knowing that would reveal they were Jewish. Quite a challenge for a thirteen-year-old girl! True Stories need to be told, especially those that tell the story of backbone and spirit in such a young girl.
Our short film, Trust does just that. Between 1941 and 1945 The Germans and their Axis murdered more than 67,000 Jews on Yugoslav soil, only around 14,000 Jews survived. We are honored to be given the opportunity to share Inge's story of courage, during such a dark time.
This story takes place during WW2 and is eerily similar to what is going on in today's world. This story needs to be told. WHY? Because History must NOT repeat itself.
In the news, twitter, talk shows, NPR, we can't get away from the insurmountable hate that is continuing to evolve in our country, and in our world.
Recently White Nationalists marched through the streets of New York City. The same in Detroit, Portland, and all over the world. We wanted to yell from the rooftops, we must never forget! Our team felt a call to action. And what better action than art? What better action than a film that can be shared with many? A film that will awaken in people the message that we must not allow hate to lead our world.
We must remind ourselves that there is HOPE. We must teach our children to love, and if faced with the eyes of such evil we must not succumb. TRUST is a movie that can inspire that hope today.
Our goal is to not only tell a great story, but to also be inclusive with our team who will be working with us behind the camera. Women make up such a small percentage of filmmaking, we would like to flip that script. By donating funds to this project you will not only be donating to tell a great and relevant story but to also support gender equality in film. We have already teamed up with Pitch Her Productions which will be our fiscal sponsor. Any donation made to this film will also go through to this 501c3 that supports the advancement of women in film.
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About This Team
Diane Lansing - Writer / Director
Chosen as one of ISA’s Top 25 Writers To Watch in 2019, Diane remains busy working on her seventh screenplay. She has screened her directing work at the DGA, garnered awards and laurels like: an ATHE Award, Cinema At The Edge, L-Dub film festivals, Global Shorts the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival and Cote d’ Azure Web Fest. As part of the Women In Film PSA program, Diane worked as a writer, director. A PSA she wrote won an Aurora Award. Her screenplays have placed in various festivals. The drama, Wonder And Lightning won the ISA’s fellowship to Stowe Story Lab. The comedy, Dr. Jackie and Ms. Heidi won Diane a scholarship to the Rocaberti Writers Retreat in France. Writing, creating and collaborating through film are now her driving force.
Renee Dorian - Producer
Renee is what you call a triple threat in Hollywood. She is not only a Film/TV Actress but also is a Writer/ Producer that has been in the Entertainment Industry for over 12+ years. Her credits include but are not limited to: TV’s BLACKish, Randall and Hilda are NOT a couple - a Pilot for ABC, Scandal, National Commercials, Animated Series on Nickelodeon and Disney and more. In 2015 she co-wrote and sold her first Feature Film, The Funhouse Massacre, that can now be found on Prime. Renee has been producing since 2012, and couldn’t be more excited to produce a short that’s story is way too prevalent today.
Travis LaBella - Director of Photography
Travis LaBella is a Director of Photography and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He got his start shooting documentaries and was the recipient of the ASC Student Heritage Documentary Award for Language of the Unheard, which was featured in American Cinematographer, and screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner. He now shoots a range of narrative, commercial, and documentary work. In 2019 Travis won an LA Emmy for his work on That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles for KCET / PBS. He has shot commercial spots for Toyota, Disney, Kia, MVMT, Ray Ban, and more.
Cassandra Coppola - Production Manager
Cassandra is currently working as a Producer/1st AD in Los Angeles, CA. She previously worked at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) as the Administrative and Educational Coordinator. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Purchase College in Westchester County, NY. She then continued her education at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where she received her M.A. in Television, Radio and Film. Since moving to Los Angeles, Cassandra has worked as a Producer and Assistant Director on multiple productions including short films, feature films, music videos and television shows. Her background in dance, music, theatre and film have helped shape her as a storyteller and she will continue to create films that reflect her goals of making a more inclusive and diverse entertainment industry in-front of and behind the camera.
Michelle Jaha - Production Designer
Michelle is a Production Designer, Art Director, and all around film nerd from Louisville, KY. A graduate of Xavier University, she first put her graphic design degree to work as Property Master in 2012 for the film Where Hope Grows. By 2016 she was headed to Los Angeles to assist the producer on feature commentaries for thedigitally remastered first five Marx Brothers' classicsand the feature documentary, The Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos. Her projects since include The Orchard's In The Radiant City, Hallmark's The Ultimate Legacy, and Netflix horror flick The Open House. In addition to art and design, Michelle is the Production Coordinator at Lunacy Productions, which recently released the successful features Rust Creek andPlus One. Michelle is honored to be a part of this production and powerful story!
Alessia Madau - Production Designer
Born and raised in Milan, Alessia has always been passionate about art, theatre and architecture.
Since her childhood she has faced various and different realities, and the interest for cultures and
places brought her to the US. At the age of 18, Alessia decided to take the first steps in the
production design world. After obtaining the bachelor degree in Scenic Design at the Academy of
Fine Arts BRERA in Milan, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her academic studies in film.
Since then, Alessia has worked on independent shorts, commercial, music videos, and features,
seeing in her job the ability to create something magical and metaphorically captivating through
images, colors, and shapes.
Bio: Laura started her her career as a makeup artist in 2001 after attending cosmetology school in Louisville, KY. After a decade of working in cosmetics, it was then she decided to move on to the next chapter of her career as a freelance makeup artist. Working mostly in cities such as Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. Laura’s work has been seen in film/tv, commercial, editorial, documentaries, reality tv, award shows, as well as bridal makeup. She is very diverse in her makeup skills, and knowledgeable about the newest and safest brands to use on the market. Laura is also Vegan and tends to stay away from harmful products that not only hurt animals, but also could hurt a client’s face, or the planet.
Neely Gurman - Casting Director
Bio: Born and raised in Los Angeles, Neely began her career interning at a talent agency. After several months, she transitioned to casting which she felt was her true calling. She now has over 18 years experience as an independent Casting Director. Neely has a keen eye for finding the right talent for each project and over the years has built strong personal relationships in the industry due to her ability to fulfill the vision of the creative team involved. With this collaborative spirit, Neely has worked in many different genres with an emphasis on commercials and independent films. Her passion for the arts continues to grow with each new project. Most recently, Neely has served as Casting Director on several film projects for Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, Ion, and Netflix with Director Brian Herzlinger. These projects include: Love Always Santa, Meet My Valentine, The Perfect Daughter, Hush Little Baby, and more. Neely has also been a Casting Associate on the TV shows According to Jim (ABC), Four Kings (NBC), Jake in Progress (ABC), and City Guys (NBC). In addition, she will be casting various independent movies and commercials in 2019.