Dream Catcher

Hannah W

Directed, Produced, & Written by Hannah Wolter

Logline

A guy decides to smoke a very expensive and strange strain of weed from the amazon that his roommate buys from his coworker.  Once he smokes it, his imaginary friend comes to life.

Synopsis

Two roommates, Luke and Danny run out of weed one night and decide to smoke the strange strain of weed that Danny bought from his coworker at the zoo.  Once Luke smokes the weed,  Danny disappears and his imaginary friend Pablo comes to life.  Pablo and Luke have a very strange but fun time together, but once Luke and Pablo fall asleep on the couch, Luke wakes up to a very interesting surprise.

Characters

Luke: A young man who lives a very relaxed lifestyle; he’s carefree, and is a very big stoner; he is a nice guy who is always looking for a good time; he’s easily persuaded to do stupid things, but that’s the best part about him; he hates fancy clothes, he prefers sweatpants, a baggy t-shirt, and flip flops (his version of fancy is a collared shirt and jeans); he’s best friends with his roommate, Danny, and he pretty much does everything with Danny.

 

Danny: The best friend/roommate who is always looking for a good time; he loves to smoke weed, drink, you name it- as long as he’s somewhat intoxicated, he’s happy. He is a little bit of a bad influence, and can easily persuade people to do what he tells them to do. Danny has always been the cool kid, and gets along with everybody.  He’s funny, and always has a good insult ready.

 

Pablo: The imaginary friend who comes to life after the leading character, Luke, smokes a powerful strain of weed/mushroom type of drug.  Pablo is a very relaxed, fun-loving guy, who just wants to enjoy his time with his buddy Luke- He hasn’t been able to talk to his good buddy, Luke, since Luke went through puberty several years ago. Now that Luke can see Pablo again, Pablo is super excited and ready to have a great time and the trip of a lifetime.

Contact

Hannah Wolter

Email: hwolter@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.

 

 

Mortal Matters

Emma W

Directed, Produced, & Written by Emma Watters

Logline

A woman’s quiet suburban life is disrupted by a visit from a goddess trying to learn why mortals live in houses.

Synopsis

A goddess, Azema, interrupts the morning rituals of a young woman, Thera, living in suburbia. Apparently familiar with the Thera, Azema demands explanation for the ways of mortals. What’s the point of houses? How often do people sleep, eat, etc? Azema and Thera’s interactions grow more terse, as Thera tries to convince the goddess to leave without angering her. It becomes apparent that Thera was once a goddess as well, and has chosen to become mortal. Azema attempts to convince Thera to return to godhood but she refuses. They part unhappy and misunderstood by each other.

Characters

[THERA]

19 to 32 years old, female, all ethnicities. She is a calm and comforting presence to others, but is herself faintly world weary and excited by the prospect of something new. She is a doer. She is comfortable being alone, provided that she has something fill her time with. Thera revels in the simple joys of a mortal life, and is faintly ashamed to have once been immortal.

 

[AZEMA]

22 to 35 years old, all ethnicities, female. Azema is a goddess, with all the privilege that entails. She enjoys the wonders of the universe, but lacks understanding of small details. She has always enjoyed others looking up to her, and the status godhood brings. She is rash, often oblivious to the thoughts and feelings of those around her, but cares deeply for those who are close to her. Though she would not admit to it, Azema is deeply uncomfortable being alone.

 

Contact

Emma Watters

Email: ewatters@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.

 

Day Trip

Caroline

Directed, Produced, & Written by Caroline Tweedie

Logline

Derek Kay, a stoner with a shallow self-concept and a break-up looming on the near horizon, attempts to alleviate her personal ills by spending a cathartic day tripping on shrooms in her own bathroom.

Synopsis

Derek Kay, on a bike ride home with her girlfriend, Clara, ends a tense encounter with a simple plea for civility. She begs “Please don’t break up with me while we’re high,” to which Clara offers the terse reply “We’re always high,” and bikes away. In an attempt to reckon with her identity separately from the relationship and center herself, Derek fidgets through a guided meditation until she is eventually interrupted by her roommate, Catch, who sings aloud in the kitchen despite Derek’s need for quiet reflection. Catch poses the possibility of hard psychedelics as a means to “get out of this Clara funk,” and while Derek resists at first, she decides to join Catch on the trip once Catch invokes a “Daring Derek” move from the past. The pair trip in their bathroom together until the appearance of Boyfriend, Catch’s bisexual lover, creates a scission between Catch’s and Derek’s agendas for the day. Derek spends a significant portion of the rest of the trip alone, talking to herself in Shakespearean-esque monologue until, in a rare, decisive moment, she decides to cut her bangs, just as Clara shows up at the house unannounced.

Characters

Leads:

[DEREK KAY]  18 to 25 years old, all ethnicities female/NB, queer/LGBT+. Derek Kay is a god-fearing lesbian atheist stoner in a shaky relationship, a relationship that has gone on so long that she has defined/invested much of her identity in it. She is always busy with her hands—anxiously checking her phone, counting things, holding onto objects—and projects confidence through sardonic humor. Though she projects confidence in her constantly kidding-around, Derek doesn’t know much about the minutiae of herself other than in relation to the people around her. She hates being alone, and she has never done ‘shrooms prior to the day on which the film takes place.

[CATCH]  18 to 25 years old, female/NB, queer/LGBT+. Catch is Derek’s roommate and best friend, a visual artist who thrives on obscurity and relishes imparting fast facts about mid-century cultural icons on Derek at inopportune times. She is loud, outgoing, and impulsive. Her boyfriend, Boyfriend, shows up at the house in the middle of the titular trip.

 

Supporting:

[CLARA] 18 to 25 years old, all ethnicities female/NB, queer/LGBT+. Clara is at the helm of her relationship with Derek. She likes to feel in control of a situation and is decisive in a way that Derek never could be. Clara attempts to break up with Derek in the first scene, but the efficacy of her attempt is never revealed.

 

Contact

Caroline Tweedie

Email: ctweedie@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.

 

 

 

 

The Waiter

Directed, Produced, & Written by Sam Vallone

Sam V

Logline

A man comes home to find an other-worldly waiter in his house and soon finds himself fighting for his life.

Synopsis

Marc is a down-on-his-luck man in his 20s who is hopelessly in love with his next-door neighbor Jennifer. Marc returns home from work one day to find a supernatural waiter in his home. After struggling with this new figure, Marc eventually learns to take agency in his life and live the way he truly wants.

Characters

Leads:

Marc

20s, male. From New Orleans who works in a dead-end office job. He grew up with loving but overbearing parents who he rarely speaks to and a now-estranged brother named James. Marc finished college and had grand dreams for his life which have not panned out. He is mild-mannered but kind and wishes he’d done more with his life. He is single and spends most of his time alone or with a few friends, he feels trapped in his life. When he is alone, he feels very sad and disappointed. Currently he is concerned with the supernatural waiter in his home and is trying to survive the encounter. His wants to live a fuller life and the situation he is in helps him to rethink the path he has been on.

 

Waiter

Male, any age. Antagonist of the film.  The Waiter is a supernatural being who is forced to serve others until he is able to convince someone to trade places with him. In the film, he has chosen Marc for this purpose. The Waiter is very intelligent and attempts to manipulate Marc throughout. He has a cool and calm demeanor and appears outwardly charming, but hints at his devious intentions throughout. He is determined to coerce Marc into trading places with him so that he can return to the world and live a normal life once again

 

Policeman

Age 22-40 , Featured Extra. A police officer who answers a 911 call at Marc’s house. He is transfixed by the Waiter and led to believe that nothing is wrong. He gives off an air of being somewhat hypnotized while also being authoritative with Marc, who he believes is making the whole thing up.

Contact

Sam Vallone

Email: svallone@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.

 

 

To Be Discovered

Directed, Produced, & Written by Sam Reiner

Sam R

Logline

When a famed explorer learns about a possible lead, he goes to make a business deal that goes horribly wrong.

Synopsis

It starts with Lincoln and Sam Churchill being dropped off at a building by Reilly Fawcett. They take a briefcase and head inside to meet up with a man who may have a lead on their next big find. After some conversation the deal is made, what’s in the case for 500,000,000 dollars. As Lincoln and Sam are leaving, the man finds out that the money they gave him was fake. A fight breaks out and Lincoln and Sam manage to escape with Reilly and the case. They go far enough away and look inside the case to find documents that may lead them to the Lost City of Z and a clue on where to go next.

Characters

Leads:

Lincoln

21 to 25 years old, all ethnicities male, 5’8″ to 6’0″ tall, average build. He can be very cocky but he usually only is when he has to put on a brave face. A lot like Spider-Man, he is very quick to make a joke in a tense situation and always gives off the appearance that he isn’t taking anything seriously. The main problem that Link wants to solve is how to get the documents inside the briefcase from the people Reilly told him about and he will do anything to accomplish this.

 

Supporting:

Sam

21 to 27 years old, all ethnicities male. Sam can best be described as a doer rather than a dreamer. He is best when he is given a clear objective to complete and isn’t the brightest person in a room. However, he is definitely always one of the biggest as he is known for his size and imposing figure. He loves his brother but has little to no trust in Reilly and thinks that she is going to betray them.

Reilly

21 to 28 years old, Caucasian, East Asian, Eastern European female. Reilly Fawcett is the odd one out in the group as she isn’t related to Link or Sam. She is extremely single minded and stubborn to the point where she never stops doing something once she decides to do it. The main problem she needs to solve is to figure out how to get Link and Sam to trust her as she doesn’t know them that well yet. In the end she proves her trustworthiness.

Z

25 to 35 years old, Hispanic, Mixed Ethnicity male. A complete mystery and the one that Link and Sam are making the deal with. His mannerisms and whole vibe are odd, as if he hasn’t talked to another person in a long time.

 

Contact

Sam Reiner

Email: sreiner@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.

 

 

XIAT

Emily B

Directed, Produced, & Written by Emily Binder

Logline

Jane, a typical college student, as seen by everyone else is killing her senior year, but to her, she is only surviving.

Synopsis

Jane is your typical college student. She’s in a sorority, has a great group of friends, and gets attention from the boys. Her life is quite simple, at least that’s what everyone else thinks. But on the inside, Jane is fighting the monsters created by her anxiety disorder. She struggles to determine the right coping mechanisms and often relies on alcohol to mask the feeling. Based on elements of a true story, this film depicts the horrors of anxiety disorders in order to educate those who may not understand much about it. 

Characters

Leads: 

Jane (female, 18-24): A senior in college, trying to make the most of her last year. While she appears happy and confident to those around her, she struggles with an anxiety disorder that prevents her from living a normal life. Her anxiety consumes her body: she constantly has pits in her stomach and her heart races as if she’s running a marathon. She is constantly trying to figure out the best ways to cope; while she is surrounded by college kids drinking and taking drugs, she knows that isn’t the route she should take. She’s frustrated but remains hopeful. 

 
Nikki (female, 18-24): Also a senior in college, Nikki is Jane’s best friend. Studying to become a doctor, she is smart, hard-working, and determined, but is also a huge party animal and very outspoken. She too wants to make the most of her senior year, but only if Jane is by her side. She’s aware of Jane’s anxiety disorder but has trouble relating to her and can only do so much to comfort her. She often feels helpless but knows that if Jane runs away from her anxiety she’ll regret it, so she does her best to push her out of her comfort zone. 
 
**For a more in depth description of lead roles, please email ebinder@tulane.edu.
 
Supporting Roles:
 
Lucas (male, 18-24): Lucas is your typical frat boy: a senior in college that loves to party and gets a lot of girls. He has been close friends with Jane since their freshman year, but the two have always had an undeniable connection that has never been explored. He is a smart boy, but in college, he discovers drugs and struggles to identify his substance abuse as a problem. He blacks out almost every time he goes out and because he does not remember anything, he doesn’t realize the dangers of what he is doing.
Ross (male, 18-24): Like his best friends Tyler and Lucas, Ross is your typical frat boy. Similar to Lucas, Ross often explores the world of Xanax when he goes out and tends to black out a lot. He has had several instances where he’s ended up in dangerous situations, so he has cut back a bit. Ross is the funniest of the trio, but tends to be friend-zoned by girls for his somewhat flamboyant personality. This doesn’t seem to bother him though, as he is more focused on spending his college experience having a good time with his friends.
 
Tyler (male, 18-24): Similar to Ross and Lucas, Tyler is your typical frat boy. After joining a fraternity and discovering drugs alongside his best friends Lucas and Ross, Tyler is the most cautious of the trio. His older brother abused drugs in college, failed out, and is still struggling to get his life back together, so Tyler is cautiously trying to avoid following in his footsteps. Because he does not black out as much as his friends do, he has been able to maintain stronger relationships with those around him. He had a girlfriend from high school that he continued dating long-distance for three years in college, but broke it off when he found out she cheated with someone from her school. Since then, he has developed feelings for one of his closest friends, Nikki.

 

Compensation

Craft services and catering provided. A copy of the film, film acting credits, and potential recognition in film festival submissions.

Contact 

 
Sides are available upon request.

 

Sunday Pancakes

Directed, Produced, & Written by Jensen Foerster

Logline

A family drama depicting the nostalgic morning pastime of Sunday breakfast, filled with pancakes, syrup, and tears. The separation of two siblings’ parents forever changes their home dynamic.

Synopsis

For a young brother and older sister, Sunday mornings calls for two things. Dancing and pancakes. Filled with smiles, white flour, music on vinyl, and maple syrup, family weekend breakfast was a weekly tradition for them. As a young brother and sister begin to make banana pancakes one Sunday morning, the kitchen countertop bathed in white bleached flour and baking soda while their parents sat in awkward silence. Soon, as their parents separation is revealed, the two navigate familial hardships in this coming-of-age short. In the end, the young boy learns to bake perfect pancakes independently.

Characters

Lead:

[ JJ ] 5 to 14 years old, Caucasian male. Sweet, fearful, innocent. JJ learns to become the man of the house as his father leaves him behind to live with his sister, Cleo, and mother. He admires his older sister tremendously and absolutely loves sweet flavored pancakes. JJ successfully seems to see past the family tradition of Sunday pancakes to be broken, while proving to Cleo at the end of the short that he can make perfect pancakes independently.

[CLEO] 10 to 21 years old, Caucasian female. Classic, cool, and nostalgic. Cleo is very independent, ultimately the film’s voice of reason. Her narration and aesthetic reverberates authenticity. Cleo takes JJ under her wing, teaching him to be a little rockstar child while surviving their parents’ separation.

 

Supporting:

[MA] 21 to 50 years old, Caucasian female. Scared, fearful, and stylish. Ma fills the house with her positivity and beauty. She loves flowers, music, and sleeping. Her relationship with her husband begins to fall out, although they are said to have met by “love at first fight.”

[PA] 21 to 45 years old, Caucasian male. Struggling (once very successful) man, losing touch and passion in his marriage. He recently lost his job, and finds himself turning to drinking and becoming absent from the family. One night, with his suitcase in hand, Pa leaves the family behind.

 

Contact

Jensen Foerster

Email: jfoerste@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.