PRICK: A SHORT FILM
“Prick” is a short film about a burglar stuck in a closet during a robbery who finds out way more about the couple he’s robbing than even they know.
Want to know what he finds out? Then help me fund PRICK.
PRICKS ARE MADE, NOT BORN.
PRICK is a follow up to my award winning short film, SIX LETTER WORD, which screened at forty-eight film festivals, including the Telluride Film Festival and the American Pavilion at Cannes.
PRICKS ARE PEOPLE TOO.
PRICK was inspired by the time in my life when my kids were little and I was trying to be the perfect mom and wife and have a successful career. A time when, quite honestly, all I wanted to do was to hide in a closet.
I was working too much to spend enough quality time with my toddlers and I wasn’t making much headway in my career because I had toddlers. And I saw this happening to other parents all around me. The best way I’ve found to handle to laugh - find the funny in everything and anything. So PRICK is my way of helping other people find the funny in their lives.
Which brings me to actually making PRICK.
HOW MUCH DOES A “PRICK” COST?
I need to raise $10,000 to cover production, post production and festival fees. Every donated penny will go towards making this film and getting it out there. No donation is too small. Even a five-dollar donation can go toward equipment or a prop - like the many condoms we’ll need. Yep. Condoms. They’re a key part of this movie.
Help us hit our goal of $10,000 and be a part of the “Prick” community. I mean really, how often do you get to say something like that?
If you donate, I won’t give you condoms, but I will give you rewards. They’re listed on the right hand side of this page. Check them out. Also check out our wonderful, talented cast and crew listed below. Help us make a laugh out loud movie. Donate. Spread the word by posting this link on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, you name it.
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The PRICK Production Team:
Lisanne Sartor – Writer/Director
After graduating from Yale University, studying sculpture and photography in Italy, and working as a legislative aide for a NJ state senator, Lisanne Sartor moved to Los Angeles to become a writer/director but was waylaid when she was admitted to the DGA Assistant Director Training Program. After seven years, she left ADing to get an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, where she won numerous screenwriting awards. Her original screenplay, “Cleaverville,” was produced by Alexander/Enright Productions and aired on Lifetime Television. She’s written an MOW for the DeAngelis Group in Italy, had a script optioned by Hearst Entertainment, and developed projects with Roth-Arnold Productions, among other companies. She wrote and directed the short film SIX LETTER WORD via the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. “Six Letter Word” has screened at over forty-five film festivals across the USA, including the Telluride Film Festival and the American Pavilion at Cannes (full list: www.sixletterword.org). She’s currently prepping her next short, PRICK, and has written a feature version of SIX LETTER WORD which she will direct. She lives with her husband, two unique boys, a goofy St. Bernard/Boxer in Los Angeles, where she teaches screenwriting at the UCLA School of Theater Film and TV Professional Program.
Xiaolin Yu - Producer
Born in China, Xiaolin is Los Angeles based producer who holds an MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI). Her credits include the documentary “Space Times Square” and a short entitled “Six Letter Word” that was recently included in the showcase at The American Pavilion in Cannes Film Festival and many other Film Festival nationally and internationally. Xiaolin originally moved to the United States in order to train at the Joffrey School of Ballet after her professional Classical Chinese Dance Career in Qingdao. Her interest in film and TV as artistically expressive media eventually led her to complete undergraduate studies in Communication and Mass Media at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Xiaolin currently works as an assistant chair and professor focusing on Film Production in the film department of the School of Media, Culture & Design at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. She works with Rhythm & Hues and Prana Studio as Their Special Project Consultant in specializing Chinese and co-production projects. She also has completed many narratives, commercials, music videos and more in the last 6 years as a young Chinese-American producer. She currently has several film projects underway that bridge the two distinct cultures found in China and the United States.
Sevdije Kastrati – Cinematographer
Sevdije is the first female DP in her home country, Kosova. She lives in Los Angeles, CA and works between Los Angeles and Kosova. She has worked on numerous projects since 2001. Sevdije’s work includes documentary, shorts, TV Series and narrative feature films. Her films have been screened at festivals, including, Sundance Film Festival, AFI Fest, Sarajevo Film Festival, and ZagrebDox. In 2011, she completed her master studies on cinematography at the American Film Institute. Her work has received recognition in her home country and abroad. In 2006, she won the Prize “Best Artistic Camera of the Year in Kosova”, for her film, RECRUITMENT. In 2012, her film "The Return" won Best International Short at Sundance Film Festivals. Her thesis film at AFI "Unmanned" has won numerous awards and has screened at many festivals.
Nancy Garber – Production Designer
Nancy started out working in theater before making the leap to her first feature film, “The Last Boy Scout,” where she and “Prick” writer/director, Lisanne (who was then an assistant production coordinator), met. From there Nancy went on to work in the art departments of “True Romance,” “The Bodyguard” and other feature films. She’s also worked on many TV projects, including “Weeds,” “Hawthorne” and “Master Chef.”
Josh Porro – Editor
Josh Porro is a freelance producer and editor whose most recent credits include AFI’s MASTER CLASS: THE ART OF COLLABORATION on Turner Classic Movies (episodes with Steven Spielberg, John Williams, Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, Mark Walhberg, Rob Reiner) as well as the Emmy nominated AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO MEL BROOKS. Before graduating with an MFA from Chapman University, Josh studied film and television in South Korea, was the managing editor of a weekly newspaper in Iowa and worked for CNN during the 2004 presidential campaign. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children and is currently in development on two feature films.
THE PRICK CAST:
Matthew Henerson – The Burglar
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Matt Henerson has appeared locally at the Ahmanson, A Noise Within, Antaeus, Celebration Theatre Company, Classical Theatre Lab, Coeurage Theatre Company, Deaf West, East West Players, Furious Theatre Company, the Independent Shakespeare Company, International City Theatre, Kingsmen Shakespeare, MainStreet Theatre Company, and South Coast Repertory. His regional work includes appearances at the American Citizens Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory, Northern Stage, San Diego Repertory, San Jose Repertory, San Jose Stage Company, and Sledgehammer, as well as Shakespeare festivals in Arizona, Colorado, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Utah. Most recently, he originated the role of Harry on the first national tour of Flashdance: the Musical. Film and Television work includes appearances on The Bernie Mac Show, Hung, Torn Apart (Lifetime,) America 101, Disney’s A Christmas Carol (directed by Robert Zemeckis,) Mars Needs Moms, and Ticking Clock.
Becky Wu – Vicki
Becky Wu lives in Los Angeles Ca as a transplant from Oakland, Ca. Born to two immigrant parents, she found her love for acting at a very young age performing in school plays as early as 2nd grade until she graduated High School. After graduating college, she moving to Los Angeles and booked her first small role on a Soap Opera called The Young and the Restless. Knowing that this is a life's passion of hers, she continued to audition booking roles on shows such as Desperate Housewives, Greek, Ghost Whisperer, Dollhouse, Hawthorne, 11th Hour, and Love That Girl. She is also a founding member of the award winning Theatre Company, Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles.
Jamison Reeves – Phil
Jamison Reeves, branded as "The One Black Guy In Every Commercial" by a Saturday Night Live parody, has been in the commercial game for more than 15 years and is Co Founder of Feet First Films. His commercial acting workshops have been well received. He's won a best director award for his short film Albert and a best actor award for the film Shocking. He's had 2 of his sitcoms and a feature film optioned.
Karen Tarleton – Mila
A career in television, film, stage, voiceover and singing, in the United States and the British Isles. Highlights: Film: Ugly Benny, Autism & Cake, The Great Intervention, Bricktown, Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger, Rockwell, Pen Freer. TV: Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Strong Medicine, The Guardian, It’s A Miracle, recurring roles on The Young & the Restless and General Hospital, Unsolved Mysteries, comedy skits on The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, and roles in many webisodes and commercials. Voiceover: Sony’s videogames “Infamous” and “Guild Wars 2,” commercials and narration. Singer: musical theater, jazz, standards, classical, pop/soft rock, liturgical. Stage: Catherine in Arms & the Man, Duchess of York in Richard III, Bea in View from the Bridge, Agrafena in A Family Affair, Rose in The Room, Mrs. Tarleton in Misalliance, Constance in Madwoman of Chaillot, Rita Schwerner in One Sunday in Mississippi, Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, Andromache in Trojan Women, Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, Emilia in Othello, Goddess Thetis in The Iliad, Volumnia in Coriolanus, The Wife in All Over, Klytemnestra in Elektra, Hester in Equus, Mrs. Dorgan in Laura.
***Special thanks to Sam Kim for shooting our campaign video and to Josh Porro for editing it.
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