Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert

Los Angeles, California | Film Feature


Jessica Martin

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Abby is escaping her abusive husband. Tabby was abducted by aliens and is now on the run from her obsessive cult. Together they find strength to escape their abusers. This is a comedy, BTW.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Abby and Tabby features two female leads. It passes the Bechdel test. One of the lead characters is queer (and she doesn’t die). Over 75% of the crew are women.

The Story

Abby and Tabby Alone In the Desert is a celebration of female friendships and the strength women find together.


Why is it that women will selflessly help each other just after they’ve met? I’m constantly blown away by the generosity and altruism seen in fellow women. I wanted to make a movie about that. We too often see women competing with each other. Let's take a break from that narrative.


This is also a movie about abuse. How can women help each other out of an abusive situation? How can we tell a story about abuse without answering the problem with more violence? I hope this film will start that conversation.


Abby and Tabby is also a comedy. Because laughter is always needed and we can have fun sometimes, right?




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Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Crafty and Meals

Costs $1,500

We eat very little. But we do eat.


Costs $3,000

Because stop motion was too expensive.


Costs $1,500

The desert is far away and we need to get there.


Costs $1,000

Don't need anything fancy, just a roof over our heads and running water (Jess insists).


Costs $1,000

Because accidents happen.

Hard Drives

Costs $2,000

Our data needs to live somewhere, and we only trust the best.

Car Mount Kit and Case

Costs $450

Because 1/3 of the movie takes place in a moving vehicle. #safetyfirst


Costs $5,000

The most important part.

Props and Costumes

Costs $550

Oddly enough, these characters don't dress like we do.

About This Team

  Jessica Martin // Producer/Writer/Director/"Tabby"

Jessica Martin is an award-winning actress hailing from Seattle, Washington. After graduating with degrees in Drama and Psychology from the University of Washington, she started her career in regional theater and has performed on stages across the country (Indiana Rep, Arizona Theater Company, ACT Theatre Seattle, among others). Now located in Los Angeles, Jessica works in commercials, independent film, and television (Z Nation, Criminal Minds, The Last Ship, Grimm). She is best known for providing the voice for Samus Aran in Nintendo’s Metroid: Other M.


  Ashley Lenz // Producer/Writer/"Abby"

Ashley Lenz is the daughter of a Swiss immigrant and a Midwest native and grew up in the small farm town of Lamar, Missouri. At an early age she was involved heavily in multiple athletics, but equestrian sports eventually won out. From the age of 7 Ashley traveled the country showing American Saddlebred horses with much success. Her interest in acting was solidified after a friend invited her to the set of the acclaimed TV show 'Friday Night Lights'. She eventually sold her successful fashion company she started right out of college, packed up her entire life, and headed to New Orleans. Ashley spent her time there acting, writing, directing, self-producing, and absorbing everything she could about the art & the industry. She is described by those around her as an old soul with an Elizabeth Bennet spunk. Ashley currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is applying her trademark gusto and curiosity to the art of acting & filmmaking.


 Aaron Jay Rome // Producer/Writer/Actor

Aaron left his hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado shortly after high school to pursue acting. His career is currently on the rise with supporting roles in big films such as The Campaign, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Get on Up, and TV Shows like The Vampire Diaries and Bonnie & Clyde. At the age of 19, Aaron finally made the move to Los Angeles. He spent 5 years there, learning as much as possible about both sides of the camera, but kept a strong passion for acting. At the age of 25, Aaron, tired of waiting for other people's projects, moved to newly founded and thriving film industry in New Orleans, Louisiana and trained under good friend and coach Dean J. West. (2017) After successfully jump-starting his career, he again resides in Los Angeles frequently writing, directing and producing. With 3 features in various stages of completion (Sulfur, Go Crazy Go Mad, and URYDE) and 3 more slated for this year, a promising indie film career is on the horizon. 


  Brina Palencia // Actor

Brina Palencia is an actor/musician living and working in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She is mostly known for her extensive voice over work in anime (Chopper in One Piece; Ciel in Black Butler) and video games (Moxxi in Borderlands; Paige in The Walking Dead: Michonne). She has also done her fair share on camera starring in the CW series Star-Crossed and guest starring in episodes of The Walking Dead and Castle. On the music side Brina has served as the primary music director for Funimation for almost a decade, adapting anime theme songs from Japanese into English and has sang for numerous anime and video games. She performs her original music at conventions and coffee shops all over the US and plans to release an album by the end of the year.


  Benjamin McFadden // Actor

Benjamin is a very recent transplant from Seattle, where he was a regular in regional theatre scene. Most recently, he was the titular role in the feature film Colton, which will be heading to festivals this year. On stage some of his favorite credits include: Max in Where the Wild Things Are (Seattle Children's Theatre), Paul Lazzaro in Slaughterhouse Five (Book-t Repertory Theatre), Hamlet in Hamlet (Seattle Shakespeare Company) and Kurt in The Art of Bad Men (MAP Theatre.) To see more, visit


  Krishna Smitha // Actor

Krishna Smitha is a Los Angeles-based theatre, televion, and film actress originally from Texas. Favorite roles onstage include Rosalind in "As You Like It" and Ariel in "Tempest." Yup, she's a Shakespe-nerd. On television she's gone from daytime soaps, "Days of our Lives," to primetime soaps, "Dallas." But her most favorite thing to do of all is making movies with her kickass, creative, crazy-talented friends. Let's play!


   Nick Shoemaker // Actor

Born and raised in a small town near Annapolis, Maryland, Nick grew up with a strong interest in the art of film making and TV. Ranging from impromptu school plays to the conventional family camera probing, he's always pursued acting as a hobby since his focus was primarily into sports and tinkering with whatever car lied in his father's garage. After sustaining a career ending football injury, he lost his scholarship and went into the work force committing several years to the Department of Homeland Security. In between the long arduous hours and unpredictable work schedules, Nick would escape to New York City to view plays and enjoy the artsy demographic of the nearby creatives. It wasn't until he saw the Broadway play, 'Once', did he decide to shift 100% focus into the realm of acting. With bags in tow and head in the clouds of inspiration, he made his way to Los Angeles. 

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