BIG SUR

a darkly comic drama about how grief transforms us

THE STORY

Lady Ship Production's inaugural film, Big Sur is a darkly comedic drama short that explores the myriad ways grief transforms and haunts us. Big Sur follows Faye on the eve of her 40th anniversary, as she and her husband return to the beloved place they eloped to many years before. An examination of the legacy of mental illness, Big Sur sheds light and understanding on a taboo subject still shadowed by the stigma of guilt and shame.
 

THE PRODUCTION

Big Sur will go into production in the LA area in early 2021. We are aiming to raise $60,000 to cover pre and post production costs, shooting costs and festival fees.

 

Production costs include things like:

• Hiring the cast and crew

• Renting a location for three days of shooting

• Making sure the cast and crew are well-fed (very important!)

• Hiring a casting director

• Renting cameras and camera equipment

• Renting lights and lighting equipment

• Hiring an editor and all the crew needed for post-production, which is when the film goes from being tons of unorganized raw rough footage into a cohesive and sharp-looking whole

• Film festival submission fees

• Added costs of PPE and sanitizing procedures due to new COVID-19 production guidelines

Big Sur's crew will be female-centric, with women in all department head positions. As we build our creative team, we will add them below.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

A donation of any amount will help us get closer to our goal. It takes a village (and several minor miracles!) to get a movie made and we appreciate any amount, no matter how big or small.

 

As Lady Ship is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, Big Sur donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE to the extent permitted by law.

 

Thank you thank you for your support!!

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THE CREATIVE TEAM

WRITER/DIRECTOR - Lila Dupree

Lila Dupree is a performer, producer, writer and director based in Los Angeles, CA. She was the creator/producer/co-host of The Witch Hunt, a 2018 all-lady monthly comedy variety show inspired by the #MeToo movement. She also co-created/co-wrote (as well as co-produced and performed in) the critically-acclaimed, sketch-based comedy hit El Grande CIRCUS de Coca Cola, which enjoyed a six-month run at the Skylight and Colony Theatres in 2015 and broke box office records for the Skylight Theatre. On-screen work includes Walk The Light, a rom-com short she co-wrote and produced, starring Michael Richards (Seinfeld), that played at over 40 festivals around the world and won several Jury Awards. On YouTube, you can find The Collective, an original comedy series she co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed, as well as other short-form comedic content on her own YouTube channel. Her sketches and original material have been seen on stages in NY and LA including the El Portal, The Kraine Theatre, The Moth, The Clubhouse, The Pack and iO West. She has also played on various improv teams including Drunkards & Dragons, Bobby Hot Stuff, Barbie’s Dream House, Zut Alors! and Cliffhanger (iO West, The Clubhouse, The Pack, Meltdown Comics).

 

Past producing work includes multiple theatre productions in New York and LA with the theatre company she co-founded and co-helmed, The Common Tongue, including collaborations with artists such as Edward Albee, Marian Seldes, Lucy Thurber and Wendy MacLeod. She has a B.A in Anthropology and African Studies from Columbia University and completed post graduate training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and the Atlantic Acting School in New York. www.liladupree.com

PRODUCER - Erin Doyle Cooper

Erin Doyle Cooper is a filmmaker and creative director whose career has spanned indie film, experiential production design, and advertising. She worked on several independent film projects before making her first short film in 2009. That same year, she recorded an EP of indie rock for kids to compliment her pilot Princess Elleanora and the Muddy Sneakers, projects that served as entry points into branded content. As Vaynermedia’s first Creative Director, she helped to grow a creative team from 7 to 200, and pioneered the agency’s first major video projects, including award winning pieces for MasterCard and Budweiser. From 2016-2018, she contracted in house at Pepsi, where she led creative for the promotion of Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show and Pepsi’s 2018 This is the Pepsi campaign, including the Super Bowl spot. Her most recent film Believe Her, starring Allison Tolman, premiered at the 2018 SCAD Savannah Film Festival, where it won Best Global Short: Narrative. Erin holds a BFA in Acting from the University at Buffalo, a post-graduate certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and completed UCB’s improv and sketch comedy programs. She lives in LA with her bearded actor husband and their Norwich Terrier. www.erindoylecooper.com

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Jih-E Peng

Jih-E Peng is a Taiwanese cinematographer based in the United States. Selected credits include THE LIGHT AND THE LITTLE GIRL (Toronto International Film Festival, BAM, BFI Future Film, Short of the Week), A PERIOD PIECE (SXSW), TOURISTS (Montclair Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, CAAM Film Festival), GOING PLACES (pilot selected for the 2017 Sundance New Voices Lab), and FAMILY GATHERING, starring Sharon Omi (Modern Family, Chicago Hope), Ken Narasaki (The Young and the Restless, Hawaii Five-O), and Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls). Nonfiction credits include a feature length film entitled THE LIGHT OF THE SETTING SUN (in post-production, produced by Danielle Vega and funded by ITVS, CAAM, Sundance, and BAVC), and New York Times documentary 'I Just Simply Did What He Wanted' (front page of the Times 2018, 2019 Emmy nominee, 2019 Winner of a World Press Photo Award). Commercial and music video credits include work for Lake Street Dive, Roseanne Cash, Ally Bank, Thom Browne, Hewlett-Packard, Marriott, Advil, and more. She graduated from the American Film Institute's MFA program in cinematography and is a member of the ICFC and NYWIFT.

LINE PRODUCER - Briana Goldberg

Briana Goldberg is a jack-of-all-trades specializing in producing and production management. After getting a degree in Business Administration, Marketing, and Media Studies from Colorado State University in 2014, she tried her hand in a few different industries before realizing she couldn't escape her dream of working in film. As the classic tale goes, Briana packed up her car and set out to Los Angeles to pursue her career in film production. In the few years that she has been in the film industry she has worked on over 50 projects including nine feature films, two TV series, and countless short films, commercials, live events, and music videos. While Briana absolutely loves her work, in her spare time she can often be found volunteering for film festivals (it's not work if you're having fun, right?!), at professional sporting events, or somewhere on the road exploring as far as her gas tank (or a few) will take her.

CASTING DIRECTOR - Jacqueline Gallagher

Originally from Massachusetts, Jacqueline Gallagher is a Casting Associate at Sarah Finn Company for Marvel Studios, as well as a freelance Casting Director/Filmmaker. Since moving to Los Angeles, Gallagher has been on casting teams for companies such as Amblin Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions. She has worked on popular television series and films such as "The OA", THE DIRT, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, "The Terror", "13 Reasons Why", as well as DANIEL ISN’T REAL which premiered at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Most recently, Gallagher has been working on the "Loki", "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "WandaVision" series for Marvel/Disney+.

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