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Hey, I'm Russell!

Farmingdale, New Jersey

Clear eyes, such cats, much wow. This charmingly mutilated phrase perfectly sums up Russell Kohlmann. Affectionately known as “Ruffles” to those close to him on Facebook, Russell hails from the exotic suburban streets of New Jersey. Only just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan, he’s always considered himself not-quite-cosmopolitan enough to join the ladies of Sex and the City for their weekly brunches. A purveyor of pop culture and lover of dashed descriptors, he’s imbued his favorite career with splashes of old and new Hollywood, producing moving pictures as well as starring in self-made cabaret shows. Sparkle, sparkle, shimmy, shine! Move out of the way, it’s Russell’s time!

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Penny

New York Short
Comedy, Drama

How would you feel if you couldn't have the one thing you've always wanted? Who would you become?

84%

This project got the green light!

Maiden

New York Feature
Horror, Thriller

While passing through a small town, a modern-day witch must fight her way through a cult of men to find a young woman who’s disappeared.

100%

This project got the green light!

39 1/2

San Francisco Feature
Animation, Comedy

A comedy about a single female indie filmmaker who is pushing 40 and determined to have a baby before time runs out. Starring Beth Lisick.

82%

This project got the green light!

Kombucha Catch-Up, Season 2

New York Series
Comedy, Satire

A group of actors are forced to re-examine their toxic relationships and behavior upon graduating college.

84%

This project got the green light!

Anna's Documentary

New York Feature
Documentary

What happens when you receive a diagnosis that changes your life in a heartbeat? Anna embarks on a journey to find out and begin to heal.

101%

This project got the green light!

2 WEEKS

New York Short
Drama, Horror

2 WEEKS accompanies Tanya as she explores what it means to be asexual in a committed relationship and an actor in a “sex sells” world.

101%

This project got the green light!

Adapting

New York Short
Comedy

The (mostly) true story of a couple who begin the emotional, difficult and surprisingly ridiculous journey of adopting a baby.

103%

This project got the green light!

Fizzle

New York Short
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?!

88%

This project got the green light!

Wise Gals

Boston Short
Crime, Drama

In an alternate 1980s underground, organized crime is ruled by women. Up-and-coming mobster Sophia is ready to take the throne.

100%

This project got the green light!

THE THIRD ACT

Guilford Feature
Comedy

Lola and Roxy, best friends and baby boomers, renegotiate their contracts with life and love.

87%

This project got the green light!

The Mouse and The Lion

New York Short
Drama, Romance

When a stranger collapses on her doorstep in the thick of a blizzard, a young woman makes a choice that will unravel a lifetime of secrets.

88%

This project got the green light!

Before Homosexuals - Educational Outreach Campaign

Guilford Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

From Ancient Times to Victorian Crimes

129%

This project got the green light!

Brujos

Chicago Series
Drama, LGBTQ

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

81%

This project got the green light!

THORP

Danbury Feature
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.

115%

This project got the green light!

Season of Passage

New York Short
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.

144%

This project got the green light!

Window Shopping - A Gay Lust Story

Jersey City Short
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

100%

This project got the green light!

Backsiders

New York Short
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.

138%

This project got the green light!

Juana Doe

El Paso Short
Drama, Fantasy

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

94%

This project got the green light!

Chuck Lawson & the Night of the Invaders

Philadelphia Feature
Comedy, Sci-Fi

When aliens land on Earth, ex-secret agent Chuck Lawson is called back to clear his soiled reputation by completing one final mission.

85%

This project got the green light!

The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story

Oakland Series
Comedy, Documentary

The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story

109%

This project got the green light!

Full Moon

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Horror

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

86%

This project got the green light!

STRAY Season 2

New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

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

81%

This project got the green light!

Julie Wants a Girlfriend

Orange Short
Romantic Comedy, LGBTQ

Julie, a young blossoming queer, needs to convince her commitment-shy hookup buddy Austen to be her girlfriend.

84%

This project got the green light!

The Morning After

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

That Section 8 Seinfeld: a band of aging and unskilled, ambitious, yet unmotivated underdog's heroic journey to make ends meet.

100%

This project got the green light!

Freelancers Anonymous

Chicago Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

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

80%

This project got the green light!

The Boy and the Balloon (Short Film)

New York Short
Drama, LGBTQ

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

100%

This project got the green light!

Poster Boy

San Francisco Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

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

116%

This project got the green light!

Mutiny

New York Short
Horror, Thriller

There's no running from the enemy inside you

91%

This project got the green light!

The Mother Lode

Hoboken Series
Comedy

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

81%

This project got the green light!

You're The Pest

New York Series
Comedy, Family

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

110%

This project got the green light!

Coming Home: Celebrating the Women Airforce Service Pilots in 2017

Los Angeles Short
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.

81%

This project got the green light!

Monstr Web Series

Seattle Series
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!

90%

This project got the green light!

Bite Me

New York Feature
Comedy, Romance

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

101%

This project got the green light!

The Pet Peeve Police

Los Angeles Series
Adventure, Comedy

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

90%

This project got the green light!

CUDDLE

Seattle Series
Comedy

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

100%

This project got the green light!

The Resistance

New York Short
Action, LGBTQ

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

84%

This project got the green light!

Latter-Day Glory Documentary

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

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

87%

This project got the green light!

Escaping Freedom

Portland Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

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

101%

This project got the green light!

Marisol

New York Short
Drama, Foreign Film

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

101%

This project got the green light!

The Inner Edge

Old Bridge Township Feature
Drama, Fantasy

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

122%

This project got the green light!

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

New Philadelphia Feature
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

376%

This project got the green light!

D.I.Y.

Philadelphia Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

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

125%

This project got the green light!

Aperture

New York Short
Drama, Family

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

80%

This project got the green light!

The Naturals

Boston Series
Crime, LGBTQ

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

80%

This project got the green light!

BROTHERS

New York Series
Drama, LGBTQ

A group of transgender male friends live, love and bind in Brooklyn.

108%

This project got the green light!

MOMTRESS (The Series)

Montclair Series
Comedy, Drama

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

104%

This project got the green light!

Human Telegraphs

New York Series
Comedy

Three women form a ‘human messaging’ business in NYC and get tangled in the intimate, unexpected, and hilarious lives of strangers.

91%

This project got the green light!

Split

New York Series
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.

126%

This project got the green light!

FLYBY

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

When a passing asteroid changes the way people experience time, one couple discovers that their life together is quickly slipping away.

100%

This project got the green light!

Breasts

New Orleans Short
Drama

When a working mother mentions to her male co-worker that she has to pump her breasts, he slaps her with a sexual harassment complaint.

105%

This project got the green light!

The Ring Thing

New York Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

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

129%

This project got the green light!

The Night Runner

New York Short
Drama, Thriller

If you were fearless, what would you do?

102%

This project got the green light!

Jesse's Girl

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

At her bridal shower, a bride-to-be acknowledges her doubts, begs for help and takes action—with catastrophic consequences.

145%

This project got the green light!

Ghost Girl

New York Series
Comedy, Musical

Ghost Girl, Jess, navigates the afterlife and helps BFFL, Emma Leigh, through the 5 Stages of Grief with songs, snacks, sleepovers & more.

126%

This project got the green light!

Self Portrait

New York Short
Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.

112%

This project got the green light!

Nonprofit Web Series

Portland Series
Comedy, Drama

A girl on a mission in America's whitest city.

106%

This project got the green light!

Welcome to Deathfest

Baltimore Feature
Documentary, Music

Welcome to Deathfest takes a behind-the-scenes look at "America's biggest metal party of the year."

86%

This project got the green light!

Catnip Nation

Valley Cottage Feature
Documentary

Meet the unseen and unsung heroes caring for feral cats while fighting angry neighbors, animal control officers, politicians, developers.

207%

This project got the green light!

Tomorrow Never Knows Film

Boulder Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

A documentary film about love and choice, accompanying a couple on their journey toward a conscious death.

95%

This project got the green light!

The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop

Boston Short
Drama, Family

After the death of her baby sister, a 7-year-old girl, with the help of an imaginary friend, creates an extraordinary world to save her fami

100%

This project got the green light!

If Only

New York Short
Drama

On the day before she moves into hospice, Vera's three children show her the time of her life.

131%

This project got the green light!

The Secret Nobody Knows

New York Short
Romance, War

A woman’s parting gift to a solider reveals the secret to their uncertain future.

105%

This project got the green light!

Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!

Los Angeles Series
Action, Other

All new live-action adventures from 3 heroines from the Golden Age of comic books: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman!

88%

This project got the green light!

How To Do Everything

New York Series
Comedy

A group of young actors in NYC navigate their way through survival jobs, zany acting teachers, and awkward romance.

96%

This project got the green light!

Lost and Found

New York Short
Drama, Family

A family deals with their father's dementia and finds the underlying love in their own relationships with one another.

118%

This project got the green light!

THE PIANO BOY

New York Short
Drama, Family

After some unfortunate news, Colin turns his life around & pursues his dream of being a pianist & mend his relationship with his sister

80%

This project got the green light!

The Karate Tortoise Series

New York Series
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A Damsel goes on a quest to protect the clumsy superhero, Karate Tortoise, from becoming the lunch of the evil chef, Fatty Bonati.

103%

This project got the green light!

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