As One

New York City, New York | Film Short

Drama, Romance

Tawny Sorensen

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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Love and loss are universally identifiable. But we wanted to create a motivational piece, that moves from grief to acceptance through philanthropic outlets such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's endurance running program Team in Training.

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Mission Statement

As a female filmmaker, I want my voice heard and my message to be loud. Cancer does not discriminate and touches those from every age, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. As One represents the diversity I see in my teammates each year at Team in Training.

The Story

As One is a story of love, loss, moving through grief through connection, and finding hope in this world when you feel the most helpless. I dedicate this short narrative to Team and Training which raises life saving funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, my fellow teammates, three amazing women in my life that are battling cancer, my beautiful friends who are survivors, and in loving memory of those we have lost.  As a participant in this endurance running program, I wanted to give back to the cause in my own way and speak to why this team is so incredibly important to me. My husband joined the team several years before I did and worked his way from participant to mentor to training captain to coach. While he ran, I participated in many fundraisers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was soon running and training with the team as well. As fate would have it, my first week of training with the team coincided with someone I know being diagnosed with Lymphoma and two months into training, a friend’s grandmother was diagnosed. Running for the cause became extremely personal to me. The amazing research that is funded through LLS gives me hope in a place where fear usually takes hold. I have returned to the team time and again, to do my part no matter how small it may be in the big picture.


In addition to As One being a tribute to my experience on this amazing team, I would like to create an awareness of philanthropic outlets in dealing with illness, recovery, grief, and support. Over the past thirty years, there has been a rise in altruistic means to support charity, particularly in the running world. Race-charity partnerships have been amazingly successful since The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society launched Team in Training in 1988. The training and cheering sections provide runners with support, many of whom would never have attempted a long distance race without the motivation of doing something for the greater good. Road races in the US, according to a Running USA estimate, generated $1.2 billion for non-profit organizations in 2015, doubling the amount from a decade ago. In its almost 30 year history, runners for LLS alone have raised over $875 million for the cause.


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Crew Costs

Costs $5,500

Cost for director, producer, AD, DP, AC, Gaffer, Sound, PA, and a set photographer.

Cast Costs

Costs $2,000

This budget covers SAG-AFTRA rates for the seven principal actors involved in production.

Camera Costs

Costs $2,000

This cost includes all equipment for our Camera and Electrical department.

Lighting Costs

Costs $1,000

This cost includes all equipment for our Lighting department.

Miscellaneous Costs

Costs $3,500

Additional production and post-production costs, from feeding our cast and crew to supplies.

Festival Submissions

Costs $1,000

Once the film is completed, we need to cover marketing, festival fees, and deliverables.

About This Team


Tawny Sorensen (Our Writer/Producer/Actress)

Tawny holds her BA in Performance from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School/ New School for Drama. As a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor's Equity she has performed in television and film and on many stages throughout New York City. Recent projects include Russian Doll, Date & Time, What Fresh Hell, and American Thief.  As a playwright, her works have been produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Short Play Lab, and Spare Change Theatre Company.  Her screenplay adaptation The Cat’s Cradle based on her stage play All of the Elements screened as an Official Selection in 30 film festivals across the US and Europe, garnering several nominations and wins along the way. Her second film Covered, a satirical short film commenting on insurance in America, was an Official Selection in over a dozen festivals across the US. As One  is her most personal project to date. She has been actively involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the past five years and more specifically their endurance training program Team in Training. This script is dedicated to LLS and everything the organization does for patients, survivors, family support, and ground breaking blood cancer research. 


David Spaltro (Our Director)

David is a multi-award winning, acclaimed Writer-Direcor-Producer. After getting a BFA in Film from SVA in 2005 and working in post-production for a few years he wrote, directed and produced (on 40 credit cards) his first feature "...Around" (2009).  A love-letter to NYC, and part auto-biography of his time at film school, "...Around" made the rounds on the festival circuit to much critical acclaim, and found release through Cinetic Media online, VOD, and Netflix in 2009. It had it's television debut on PBS on Christmas Day in 2010. Spaltro wrapped his second feature film, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed drama "Things I Don't Understand" he also wrote, directed and produced in 2011 and which was released in 2013 on VOD. Spaltro directed the short film "The Cat's Cradle", written by Tawny Sorensen, and wrote, directed, and edited his third feature, "Dark Exorcism", a horror project for Seven Oaks Films which was released on iTunes, Amazon, VUDU and Hulu in 2016.  Spaltro is currently in development on several feature films and TV projects and happy to be reuniting with old collaborators on this project.


Charlotte Dupre (Our Director of Photography)

Born In Bogota (Colombia), Charlotte is a multicultural French woman who trained her eye starting age 14 with analogue photography at the Fine Art School of Arlon (Belgium), followed by a B.A specialization in cinematography at ESCAC (Spain) complemented by the M.F.A program in cinematography at FAMU (Prague). Her narrative works includes A Pero Flaco, her thesis film shot on 35mm which was premiered at the 59º SEMINCI – Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) and was an official selection at the 55º FICCI – Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival (Colombia), and the 39º Montreal World Film Festival – Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal (Canada). Her most recent work Zenith was short listed for the 44th Student Academy Awards and her cinematography on webseries entitled Second Coming was nominated for outstanding Cinematography in a Comedy at the LAWEBFEST 2017.  She recently shot her first feature film, directed by the very talented Eli Hershko, coming out soon late 2018 – early 2019. Her commercial work includes clients like Chipotle.

Currently living in New York City, Charlotte got her start as a camera assistant, gaffer, grip, on major feature and Tv productions in the US and in Europe, where she developed an important knowledge of team work and collaboration as well as extended her artistic expertise and skills as a cinematographer.  She is a member of CinematographersXX and ICFC.


Craig Nobbs (Our Producer)

Craig is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, producer and director. His work has been commissioned, published, produced on stages in NYC and elsewhere, and screened in film festivals internationally. Most recently, his short film DATE & TIME (Writer/Director/Producer) completed a successful film festival run, garnering multiple awards and nominations and landing a distribution deal on SHORTS.TV, and his feature screenplay STRATUM was a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition.

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