Inclusion StatementUNICORNS aims to is bring awareness and give a voice to the challenges of mental illness, specifically depression. We also intend to have a majority female crew in order to employ women to more leadership positions including writing, directing, and producing the film.
About The Project
Unicorns is a dark comedy written by Leah McKendrick, that explores mental illness through humor.
*The photos below are inspiration and tone of the film*
Elise and Jonah, both struggling with depression, discover a connection that may change their lives. Elise resents having to be a good example for him as she shares his lack of hope, struggling to find the 'right words' that will make any difference. Visually and tonally, UNICORNS is inspired by stories that explore the human condition, explore our vulnerability and connection (or lack thereof) to those around us.
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About This Team
Leah Mckendrick is the writer of Unicorns. She began writing and producing in her teen years and performed live throughout the Bay Area before moving south to study Theatre at Chapman University. She was signed to the pop record label, Monarch, in 2010. She went on to create and star in the critically acclaimed musical series, Destroy the Alpha Gammas, which made her a Webby Award Honoree and a Streamy Award Nominee. 2014 she formed Villainess Productions, aimed at creating content featuring women in diverse and compelling roles. Her films have screened throughout the world at festivals such as SXSW, Sitges, Busan International and Fantasia.
Candice Carella is the director of Unicors. Candice studied fine art, photography and cinema at UCLA. Her first professional experience came working as a wardrobe stylist and costume designer for music videos working with several Grammy- award winning artists (EMINEM, Moby, Gwen Stefani, etc) and styling commercials (Chevy, British Telecom, Coors, MGD etc.). Candice’s desire to work on more narrative projects led her to work in costume departments on several high profile TV shows (Revenge, Crossbones, SOA, Underground, Great News, 9-1-1 etc.) and feature films (Fifty First Dates, Prom, The Veil, Haywire etc). With a strong desire to direct again, Candice wrote, produced and directed a 30 minute short “PONY” starring Xander Berkeley (Mommy Dearest, Sid & Nancy, Air Force One, Terminator 2, The Walking Dead) and Suzy Nakamura (Dodgeball, Togetherness, Dr.Ken, Avenue 5) which premiered on the festival circuit in 2015, screened in over 50 film festivals, won 32 Festival awards, and gained a distribution deal with Shorts International for all VOD platforms and a cable license deal to broadcast worldwide. In 2017 Candice wrote, produced and directed a 20 minute film “THREE DAYS IN THE HOLE” about a young Yezidi girl's struggle to survive and escape her ISIS captors in Iraq after the genocide in 2014 - based on a true story. Candice was the recipient of the prestigious Panavision New Filmmaker Grant in 2017 and received fiscal sponsorship from From the Heart Productions. “Three Days in the Hole” was accepted as part of the 2018 Festival De Cannes Short Film Corner and was recently nominated for the 2018 Hollywood Film Festival Silver Screen Jury Prize.
Hilary Curwen is the lead and producer. Hilary got her B.F.A in Acting at Syracuse University. She produced and starred in the award winning web series Bad Nannies, in addition to the critically acclaimed play, Bad Jews. Hilary has written and starred in a slew of new media sketches including the viral sketch, Girls Are Assholes. Her TV credits include, I Feel Bad, I'm Dying Up Here, Another Period,'the pilot My Time/ Your Time, Happyland and a handful of national commercials. When not acting or eating, you can find Hilary teaching at Pilates studios around town!
Caity Ware is a UCLA alumna with a decade of producing under her belt. She spends her days working with the brilliant folks at Playtone, and her nights producing independent projects of the unexpected-slice-of-life variety. Her most recent short, "Everything's Gonna Be Okay," is currently on the festival circuit after premiering at the 2018 Florida Film Festival, and her two previous shorts received distribution deals after award-winning festival runs. Her first feature, "We Are Gathered Here," will hit festivals in Spring of 2019. Caity is an active member of Women In Film.
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