STORMCHASER

 

All Bonnie Blue ever wanted was to chase tornadoes with her Dad. But dreams die with time. Now, she’s become a different kind of storm chaser — hawking storm-doors “door-to-door” for her charismatic boss, Flip Smyth: a cult-like father figure to Bonnie and his tribe of young sales bucks. In the guise of “tough love,” Flip relishes publicly shaming Bonnie and his token minority assistant, Don Stuckey, her sole ally. After hours, Bonnie and Don find comfort in each other’s arms, inspiring Bonnie to rekindle her childhood dream and close her first deal. But when Flip pulls a bait-and-switch to avoid paying her commission, she finally challenges him, sending him into a rage as fierce as the funnel cloud that hovers on the horizon. As she realizes Flip’s doctrine of “Flip the Switch!” is just a way to exploit customers, a different kind of switch flips inside Bonnie — unleashing an inner and outer storm of violence.

Country of origin: United States

Director: Gretl Claggett
Writer: Gretl Claggett
Producers: Gretl Claggett, Producer, Executive Producer, Pamela Cederquist, Executive Producer, Simon Taufique, Executive Producer, Sarah Donnelly, Producer, Etan Harwayne-Gidansky, Producer
Cast:  Mary Birdsong, Stephen Plunkett, Dominic Rains

Director bio: Gretl Claggett is a writer and director committed to creating singular stories that reflect current dilemmas but are timeless — stories that entertain and catalyze conversations that can transform cultures. Gretl’s first film Happy Hour — narrated by Julianne Moore — is based on true events and a poem from her book, "Monsoon Solo: Voices Once Submerged." The film screened as an official selection at 18 festivals, winning several awards and garnering praise from Oscar-winning Writer/Director Robert Benton: “Happy Hour is a lush, elegiac film about an extremely difficult subject and Ms. Claggett handles it masterfully.” Happy Hour is now available on iTunes and Amazon in association with a nonprofit campaign. All proceeds go to a small group of nonprofits whose focus is treating and preventing sexual abuse and promoting healthy relationships. Another passion of Gretl’s is pioneering the use of innovative technologies to shape stories that engage and inspire audiences. She wrote and directed Sony's first-ever 4K 360° cinematic music video, which premiered at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and was featured in Sony’s activation at SXSW. She leads creative on high-profile, tech-forward events, such as Entertainment Weekly’s inaugural festival, PopFest, in Downtown LA, IBM’s Amplify Conference on Watson Cognitive Marketing in Las Vegas, and the AT&T Business Summit in Dallas. One of her specialties is merging live performance with state-of-the-art multimedia. “Cognitive in Motion,” IBM Amplify’s opening experience — which she conceptualized, wrote, directed and produced, incorporating ‘pop & lock’ dancers, Notch (real-time generated art) and IBM cognitive data visualizations — won two top Telly Awards. Gretl is currently at work on treatments to expand STORMCHASER, as well as developing a new long-form narrative project, plus an immersive media experience focused on environmental issues.

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Sam is a sharp but indecisive millennial, torn between what a professional should be and what she is. When Sam is promoted ahead of her older and more experienced best friend Angie, unspoken tensions about class, age and sex erupt, jeopardizing the personal and professional relationships of everyone in the office.

Country of origin: United States
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Writer: Karen Graci
Producers: Dave Hill, Rodrigo Garcia, Karen Graci

Cast:  Laura Spencer, April Grace, Joe Williamson, Leslie Lluvet, Celeste Pechous, Carson Fagerbakke, Irene White, Charissa Adams, Nikhil Shukla

Director bio: Rodrigo Garcia was born in Colombia and raised in Mexico City. He has directed a variety of independent films, including the three-time Academy Award-nominated feature ALBERT NOBBS, starring Glenn Close; and MOTHER AND CHILD, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2000, Rodrigo’s first film as a writer and director, THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER won the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His most recent film, LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, starring Ewan McGregor, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Among his television credits are the cable series, “In Treatment,” on which he served as Executive Producer and Showrunner for the first season and for which he received a Writers Guild of America Award. Other TV credits include "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "Carnivȧle," "The Affair" and "Big Love," for which he directed the pilot episode and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Garcia most recently worked as an Executive Producer and Director of the new pilot of "Party of Five" for The CW. Garcia is also the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Media, a next generation digital studio focused on producing original content for digital and emerging platforms worldwide. He is Co-Creator of WIGS, the digital drama channel offering over 180 episodes of scripted content. For WIGS, Rodrigo wrote and directed the WIGS series "Blue," starring Julia Stiles, and “Christine,” starring America Ferrera.

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