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Hey, I'm Lauren!

New York, New York

Actor/Filmmaker/Photographer in New York. Lauren recently produced and directed Midsummer 3.2, an exploration of Shakespeare on screen. She and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. As an actor, Lauren has been featured in the films 42 Seconds of Happiness, Café Artist, The Rainbow Experiment, and The Devil’s Well. Upcoming: Paris is in Harlem. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA. laurensowa.com // formandpressurefilms.com

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

The Last Earth Girl

Memphis • Drama, Sci-Fi

With the world ending in 7 years, a young woman must decide what is important to her in life and what she'll sacrifice to achieve her goals.


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Fizzle

New York • Drama, Comedy

Fizzle, a play by Gilbert Girion, is now being adapted into a short film! It's a cocktail party with a twist! Won’t you join us?!


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Retch

Seattle • Horror, Sci-Fi

An unseen force kills travelers stranded on a broken-down bus. Biases ratchet up the tension when they suspect the murders aren’t random.


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The Shift

Boston • Drama, Thriller

A lingering encounter with a troubled stranger causes a confident young woman to wrestle with power, agency, and violation.


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Sugar

Santa Ana • Drama

Tania is a six-year-old, Hispanic, chubby, and eccentric girl that finds happiness in sugar and in the simplicity of life.


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Moonwalk With Me

Los Angeles • Family, Fantasy

Ben has a strange trait--he floats. When Juno realizes her father is ready to let go, she does everything in her power to keep him grounded.


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TOPLESS

Seattle • Drama, LGBTQ

TOPLESS is a narrative short film that follows two strangers as they undergo breast removal operations for very different reasons.


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Bad Ally

New York • Comedy, LGBTQ

Mix, a white trans person, and Harriet, a black cis woman, navigate NYC as artists, allies, activists, and fierce, femmillenial friends.


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The Vigilante Chronicles (Campaign)

Philadelphia • Action, Drama

A teenage girl is faced to crime, police brutality, sexual identity, after she gains enhanced human abilities.


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Dirt Pilot

Los Angeles • Crime, Drama

When a Native girl is found, another goes missing. While police are caught up in jurisdicition, it falls to her older sister to find her.


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PRofessionals

Los Angeles • Comedy

An underdog PR company's last chance comes as they are hired by an entitled State Senator's daughter to win her class election.


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Brujos

Chicago • Drama, LGBTQ

Brujos is a queer-of-color web series that follows four gay Latino grad students... who are also witches!


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THORP

Danbury • Comedy, Sci-Fi

After leaving Earth in the late 80's, an alien returns to reconnect with his best friend, in a world now obsessed with technology.


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Season of Passage

New York • Drama

A long abandoned dream is on the line when Cate finds herself pregnant again after years of infertility only to face a nightmare of loss.


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Window Shopping - A Gay Lust Story

Jersey City • Romantic Comedy, LGBTQ

Window Shopping is about how we all crave to be seen, to be in intimate relationships, and how easily we can imagine them, even with strange


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Backsiders

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

When Andy, a transman, is visited by his ex, he must decide whether he can let go of the last relic that ties them together.


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Untitled Oxnard Project

Littlerock • Documentary

Do you think you know who picks your strawberries? Think again.


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Juana Doe

El Paso • Drama, Fantasy

A forensic anthropologist discovers her supernatural abilities when working with unidentifiable remains of migrants.


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Operation Wolf Patrol: The Rod Coronado Story

Milwaukee • Documentary, Nature

Operation Wolf Patrol tells the story of convicted “eco-terrorist”– Rod Coronado, and his campaign to end wolf hunting in the United States.


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The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story

Oakland • Comedy, Documentary

The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story


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The Rings of Saturn

Saint Paul • Documentary

A documentary that highlights professional wrestler Perry Saturn's rise to fame and the consequences of it.


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Full Moon

Los Angeles • Drama, Horror

Amy, a self-proclaimed witch, invites her friends over for a full moon ritual to bring more magic into their lives.


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STRAY Season 2

New York • Comedy, LGBTQ

A bromantic comedy about a brash gay dude and a nerdy straight guy navigating sexuality, friendship, and relationships in New York City.


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Blackout Cake

New York • Comedy

Aly and Nicole are best friends. It's Aly's fourth 26th birthday ;-). And there's a f*cking heatwave.


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Lucy in the Sky

New York • Drama, Teen

Fourteen-year-old Lucy Katz living with autism while adjusting to mainstream high school, is suddenly faced with cataclysmic change, when sh


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Always A Thorn

Los Angeles • Drama, Crime

Two teenagers, Two police officers, stereotypes and tensions collide, who will survive?


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Montana

New York • Drama, Mystery

Two psychologists with unconventional methods open a therapeutic school for troubled teens while struggling with their own traumatic past.


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Am I Out There?

Austin • Drama, Documentary

Before getting abducted by aliens for the last time, Josh makes a documentary to prove his story to the world...and say goodbye.


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Self i.e. (a short film by Tony Gapastione)

Redwood City • Drama, Experimental

A selfie addicted young girl must confront her personal demons after her online dating wreaks havoc in her life.


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Hyphen

Boston • Drama, Fantasy

A poetic journey of memory and fantasy told through the eyes of four versions of an artist as she creates her own self-identity.


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RAT PARK

Burlington • Drama, Crime

After his brother overdoses, skyler seeks out the dealer that sold him the fatal bag, and along the way discovers some surprising truths.


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Freelancers Anonymous

Chicago • Comedy, LGBTQ

Billie #hatesherjob and quits to launch a new tech start-up company called Freelancers Anonymous while simultaneously planning her wedding.


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The Boy and the Balloon (Short Film)

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

A young man's insecurity with his open relationship causes his mind to unravel, blurring the lines of reality and fantasy.


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Poster Boy

San Francisco • Comedy, LGBTQ

In this silent comedy film, Stuart sees himself on a poster and has no idea how he got there.


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Gun To The Heart

Orange • Drama, Thriller

What would you do if there was a gun staring you right in the face?


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The Mother Lode

Hoboken • Comedy

A positive parenting mother faces the underbelly of motherhood with the help of her dead father, an old friend, and a TV producer.


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You're The Pest

New York • Comedy, Family

Two estranged childhood friends, Alex and Marissa, unexpectedly inherit their families' extermination company in Queens.


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Avalon

Baltimore • Drama

A weathered farmer sequestered by his mistakes is presented with an opportunity to save a young man’s life and atone for his past.


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Malabar

Miami • Drama, Thriller

An undocumented mother risks everything to save her child from a human trafficking White Nationalist.


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We'll Never Make It

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

A young woman gets stuck on the side of the road with her autistic brother and zany Jewish grandma on the way to her mom's second wedding.


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Coming Home: Celebrating the Women Airforce Service Pilots in 2017

Los Angeles • Documentary

A group of the last surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots, all in their 90s, return to Avenger Field, for what may be their last reunion.


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Rooster and The Queen

Woodstock • Drama, Film-Noir

When Rooster’s seductive ex-wife, the Queen, makes a play to get him back, he can see a future that reminds him of their past.


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Second Assault

Los Angeles • Documentary

In the wake of the Trump Tapes, Jillian embarks on a journey to confront her sexual assault from 12 years earlier.


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Millennial Renaissance Media

New York • Film-related Business, Filmmaker Resource

Join us in illuminating the voices of millennial women and people of color through high-quality multi-media production services.


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FRUIT.

Orange • Horror, Thriller

In a desperate attempt to revitalize her dying vineyard, an elderly widow sets out to sacrifice a young couple in a pagan blood ritual.


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Danielle's Boat

Los Angeles • Drama, Family

Lonely and missing friends after moving, 14yr old Danielle builds a boat and takes on the neighbor bully who seeks to thwart her plans.


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Mama's Boy

Downingtown • Drama, Horror

He'll do anything for family.


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Rachel's Pitch

Val Verde • Comedy

In this satirical portrayal of the entertainment industry, Rachel Jensen, a quirky but ambitious young filmmaker attempts to pitch her idea


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Amazing Grace

Los Angeles • Drama

A daughter and her alcoholic father are forced to confront their demons as the pain of the past threatens to destroy what little they have l


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Monstr Web Series

Seattle • Horror, LGBTQ

Mixing horror, comedy, and LGBT themes, Monstr is about a young gay man who downloads the wrong dating app and meets literal monsters!


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Bite Me

New York • Comedy, Romance

A subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her


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The Pet Peeve Police

Los Angeles • Adventure, Comedy

Ridding the world of inconsiderate douches one pet peeve at a time.


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Aloha

Los Angeles • Drama, Family

Aloha follows one new mom's quest to find the perfect birth announcement after the delivery of her baby doesn't go quite as planned.


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BLUE

Houston • Thriller

BLUE is a psychological thriller centered on an unstable young woman who struggles to cope when she enters a new relationship


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Higher Methods

Providence • Mystery, Thriller

Searching for his missing sister, an actor enters a nightmare world he can't escape and confronts how far he will go to pursue his passion.


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CUDDLE

Seattle • Comedy

Dina wants to change the world with the power of touch, but the hardest person to hug is herself.


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Little Cousin

Los Angeles • Comedy, Family

Isaac, a young boy obsessed with superheroes and adventure, learns the important consequences and responsibility of being a role model.


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The Resistance

New York • Action, LGBTQ

In 2020, the USA is now The Regime Republic. Galvanized by the increasing lack of freedoms, two friends start a resistance movement.


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Minnesota Mean

Saint Paul • Documentary, Sport

The quirky and powerful women of the internationally competitive MN RollerGirls, risking life and limb for a chance to be best in the world.


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Latter-Day Glory Documentary

Los Angeles • Documentary, LGBTQ

Two gay ex-Mormons explore their past and discuss the growing number of LGBT Mormon suicides.


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The Extraordinary Ordinary

Los Angeles • Drama, Other

Three young adults bond over their passion for photography, writing, and music, as well as navigate the world that has created the stigmas a


 

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Escaping Freedom

Portland • Drama, LGBTQ

A doubting pastor must question everything he believes when his free-spirited sister challenges his view of what being free truly means.


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Ben & Lucy

New York • Comedy, Drama

A lonely vampire gets a human roommate only to be confronted by his past.


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42 Seconds

Atlanta • Drama

After two strangers share a connection; one of them questions the encounter after discovering the tragedy that brought them together.


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Forever Red

Baltimore • Drama, Mystery

Two former intelligence operatives from the cold war reunite 40 years later and are forced to confront a dark secret from their past.


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SHORT FILM: Blacktop Road "LULU"

Los Angeles • Crime, Thriller

Two fugitive siblings with a philosophical bent find themselves in a complex love triangle after the brutal slaying of their father.


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A Whole New World

Los Angeles • Music, Experimental

A music video for an inventive new arrangement of A Whole New World questions our use of technology.


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Marisol

New York • Drama, Foreign Film

When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare.


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Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera

Kearney • Drama, Experimental

A paranoid late night phone call becomes a reflection on nature and death, in the calm expanse of a crane sanctuary.


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Are You Glad I'm Here

New York • Comedy, Drama

When a Lebanese housewife befriends the American girl who moves into her building, dark secrets in her marriage are exposed.


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The Gift

San Francisco • Fantasy, Drama

In a parallel universe, an isolated girl who is bullied for her uncommonly large ears finds solace in an unusual friendship with a crow.


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Believe Her

New York • Drama

Why can't we just Believe Her?


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The Alluring Frontier

Phoenix • Sci-Fi, Western

A small town in the old west gets consumed by a dark force that uses the power of temptation to try and turn everyone into demonic minions.


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The Paradox

Los Angeles • Drama

A life of solace is suddenly subverted by a mysterious stranger in a story of relationships and redemption


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The Mile Ground

Morgantown • Drama, Mystery

The contents of a strange safety deposit box send an opioid addict down a risky road that will lead to her redemption or final destruction


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The Cold Days of Summer

Utica • Crime, Drama

A boxer battles injury, criminals, and an authoritarian school board to save his scholarship and learn the true cost of the American dream


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Emma Was Here

Medford • Drama

A terminally-ill woman goes on a trip with friends before deciding whether she will go through with her choice of physician-assisted dying.


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Nanay Ko 2

Silver Spring • Comedy, Musical

An Asian-American Musical. After her father's sudden passing, Christine must save her parents' restaurant from eviction.


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AUGGIE

Fairfield • Drama, Sci-Fi

Forced into early retirement, a man falls in love with his new augmented reality companion, driving away his wife and daughter.


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Miles Underwater

San Antonio • Drama, Family

A coming of age story about a thirteen year old who is pathologically afraid of water and must confront the mysteries of his past.


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LION KILLER

Houston • Drama

Fighting Solves Everything


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Parallel Chords

St. Louis • Drama, Music

A young violinist struggles to break free from her pianist father to find her own voice.


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The Way It Goes

Shawnee • Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned.


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The Inner Edge

Old Bridge Township • Drama, Fantasy

A NJ cop struggling with changes in her life, has to save a suicidal stranger to unlock what powers lie within her.


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Between Heaven and Hell

Riverside • Drama, Fantasy

On 11/22/63, John F. Kennedy, CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley all died within moments of each other and meet in a place “somewhere beyond death”


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Drought

Wilmington • Comedy, Drama

The summer after high school, Sam searches for a better life for herself and younger brother with Autism.


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Project Gaslight

Rochester • Horror, Thriller

New tenants harbor a secret that jeopardizes a young family as the pregnant wife descends into paranoia and delusion.


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The MisEducation of Bindu

Indianapolis • Comedy, Drama

Thrust into American public school by her mother’s new marriage, a wide-eyed Indian teen teams up with a band geek to survive.


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Lost Bayou

Lafayette • Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.


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Little Evil Bookshop

Seattle • Comedy, Satire

When the world's most powerful occult leader visits a modest mystic bookshop, its owner must impress him at all costs.


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Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco • Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.


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Mow

Boston • Comedy, Drama

Struggling mother loses her job & faces eviction until her 18 y.o. son starts a lawn mowing business that pays off w/ some “risky business.”


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A Room Full of Nothing

Austin • Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.


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nēar

Stockton • Crime, Drama

"nēar" follows 17-year-old Julian upon his escape from the hospital on Christmas Eve, the day which is literally the last day of his life.


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The Place in Between

Austin • Comedy, Drama

What could possibly go wrong when a mom and her teenage daughter meet for the first time on a road trip across TX? . . . Everything.


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I'll Be Around

Los Angeles • Drama, Comedy

Against the backdrop of a post-punk music festival, a handful of 30-somethings deal with a wide variety of social and philosophical issues


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ACID TEST (feature film)

Houston • Comedy, Drama

The absurdly dramatic coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who launches a rebellion when she drops acid and goes home to her parents.


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This Is Our Home

Media • Drama, Horror

After her father’s death, pregnant Hannah and her commitment-phobic boyfriend spend a surreal and horrifying weekend in her childhood home.


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Test: A Classic American Story....On Steroids

New Philadelphia • Sport, LGBTQ

A young bodybuilder living in Ohio defies his religious mother when he follows the county's best coach into a world of steroid abuse


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The Atavist

Pittsfield • Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.


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D.I.Y.

Philadelphia • Comedy, LGBTQ

A queer couple is determined to tie the knot their own way.


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Big Dog City

San Francisco • Drama, Other

Set within Bay Area art/slacker culture, we follow two characters as they weave across a place and identity which doesn't fit them anymore.


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What Lies West

Santa Rosa • Adventure, Drama

Two girls desperate to create their own adventure set out into the wilderness of California on a daring hike to the coast.


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Indiana

Upland • Drama, Family

The family-fractured lives of a racist auto-mechanic, a retired widower, and a queer Christian-college student intertwine at a bar.


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Bedsheet Man

Bradenton • Comedy, Drama

A middle aged man looses his son to suicide only to find a strange way to cope with his grief. He becomes the superhero that his son always


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White Death

Needham • Drama

A construction worker tries to leave the family business to pursue his life long dream of making a documentary about great white sharks.


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Epiphany

Tarpon Springs • Drama, Family

A young girl struggles to create a relationship with her father after the death of her aunt who raised her.


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Mini Lights

Saint Petersburg • Horror

A group of skaters roams the haunted nooks of St. Petersburg Fl. where an unquenchable tragedy watches from the darkness waiting for a host.


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High

Tabernash • Drama, Experimental

An unnerved young mother, her overworked husband, and a footloose ski bum unearth suppressed desires in a hazardous twist of encounters.


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Girl Talk

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

Girl Talk follows Mia, as she explores the complications of intimacy, coming to a head when she meets an intriguing lesbian couple.


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worst.christmas.ever.

Youngstown • Comedy, Teen

A dark comedy about a 15-year-old girl whose entire world falls apart after she discovers that she's pregnant on Christmas Eve.


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A Stray Ember

Lancaster • Drama, Thriller

The agoraphobic victim of a home invasion takes to the road in a motor home, but a figure from her past threatens her new found freedom.


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Just Like The Men

Bellingham • Comedy, History

Two failing artists find a lost screenplay and decide to give history the middle finger.


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The Blue Whale

Catoosa • Teen, Drama

In 1980's rural Oklahoma a teenage boy meets a girl from California who helps him break out of his shell and learn the truth of his heritage


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Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles • Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.


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Start Breaking My Heart

Los Angeles • Romantic Comedy, Shorts Program

A Columbia University's School of the Arts Thesis Project


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Aperture

New York • Drama, Family

A grad student's life is turned upside down when he is named the guardian for his little cousin.


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The Business of Being a Dog

New York • Comedy

Two doggy inventors fight the clock on an impossible deadline to get their latest dog toy to market. Balls, Bones, Business meetings.


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Bitter Taste

New York • Drama

A dark drama about a Scottish Michelin-star Chef who relives memories of his childhood through cooking.


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The Naturals

Boston • Crime, LGBTQ

The daughter of a Boston hitman is drawn into the family business after he dies.


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The Invaders

New York • Horror, Thriller

When a girl is followed on her way home, she finds herself facing a sinister force that threatens her entire existence.


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Her First Kill

New York • Drama, Thriller

A religious young mother abducts her best friend to find out the truth about her missing sister.


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Interference

New York • Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.


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MOMTRESS (The Series)

Montclair • Comedy, Drama

Libby Sandler, a frazzled suburban Mom, is on a mission to be a good parent AND get the part.


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Clementine

Portland • Drama, LGBTQ

A heartbroken woman stows away to her estranged lover's lake house where she becomes entangled with a teenage girl.


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CASHED

New York • Comedy, Drama

Suddenly unemployed on her 25th birthday, Jess struggles to find peace (and pot) amidst the unique obstacles of life as a Millennial in NYC.


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Split

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

An early decision in a young girl’s life creates a split in her world, sending her off on two parallel paths into alternate futures.


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Control

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

A woman suffering from OCD tries to write a suicide note that takes into consideration every single loose end in her life.


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The Ring Thing

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

Saying yes to the future means letting go of the past.


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An Act of Terror

Charlotte • Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.


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Butterflies

New York • Drama

Butterflies is a dark look at the psychological affects of bullying on Melanie as she navigates her way through high school.


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About a Donkey

New York • Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.


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Royally: An Original Series

New York • Comedy

A millennial burnout runs a private princess party company as a front for small-time cons, petty theft, and drug peddling.


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Eudaemonia

New York • Comedy, Drama

A serendipitous mistake leads to a fleeting encounter between a traveller and a reclusive New Yorker. A film about the power of connection.


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Kinesthesia

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.


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Neither Shadow of Turning

New York • Drama

Trapped in snowy isolation, husband and wife descend into torment as their lives are threatened by illness.


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Movement + Location

Brooklyn • Sci-Fi

A woman in Brooklyn learns the hard way that you can't always leave the past behind you.


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