DOT- A Short Film

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Drama, Family

Kimberlee Kidd

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Be prepared to experience the emotional bond between three generations of women and get a glimpse into the complex world caretakers often find themselves in. This story is about women and will be told by women, hell yes!

About The Project

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  • The Team
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Mission Statement

There is an uncomfortable stigma around mental health. As a society, we're hesitant to talk about it and our world deserves honest representation of what it looks and feels like for those that live with mental illness.

The Story


The Story.

This film is inspired by the writer's grandmother, Dorothy, who lived with schizophrenia for nearly 60 years.  Throughout Dorothy's life, her family watched as she went in and out of relapse.  The family saw where Dorothy's mind would take her and how it affected her everyday life.  They lovingly stood by as this illness slowly tore down Dorothy's physical and mental state. 

                                                                Dorothy (DOT) 1975


                                                           Family photo 2007



The Facts.



95.2 million Americans living with a mental illness.  

US Census Bureau clocked population in 2019 at 329.45 million.


Over 25% of people in the US are living with a mental illness.



25 %  

1.  How many more individuals are afraid to talk about their mental health? 

2.  How many of you are reading this right now are afraid to talk to someone? 

3.  How much longer will we wait to bring the ample amount of attention, awareness, and help that is needed for this community?   






The Plan. 

In order to talk about anything, it helps to see it first.  
When we see stories we relate to, we're given the courage to talk about our own experiences.  The more we can open up to our world, the less scary it becomes and the more help that becomes available.  




With the unique experience of caring for an individual with schizophrenia, the writer feels a strong responsibility to show her audience what it can look and feel like for these individuals. 
There is no sugar coating or diluting in this film.  Be prepared to experience the emotional bond between three generations of women and get a glimpse into the complex world caretakers often find themselves in.






The End.


We invite you to be bold, be courageous and speak out about your own struggles with mental health.  Your well being and happiness in this life matters. 







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Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Camera Operator

Costs $3,155

Camera rentals and Director of Photography.

Art Department

Costs $2,000

Set design for DOT'S home and all supplies needed to decorate for Stevie's birthday party.

Electrical Department

Costs $3,950

Our talented and knowledgable crew members and all electrical rentals.

Post Production Editor

Costs $3,000

Editing for a film includes: Color correction, sound correction, and adding music.

Park Permit and Survey

Costs $1,500

A big scene takes place in a park. Permits in LA are expensive and are strictly enforced.


Costs $1,020

Three long days on set and your crew, talent and extras need fuel to keep the momentum going.

Stunt Coordinator

Costs $375

With a physical scene we need safe and professional assistance in creating the conflict.

About This Team


Kimberlee is the writer and one of the leads in our film.  She has gratefully worked in the TV and film industry for almost 10 years.  Kimberlee's professional dance career is what gave her the courage to pursue her true passion and desire as an actor.  Throughout her career she's worked on GLEE, The Mentalist, Jane the Virgin, Grown-ish, You're the Worst and currently on season 4 of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.  Some film projects include TED2, indie feature Dumbbells, and 12 Wishes of Christmas (Hallmark&IonTelevision).  She also had the honor of sharing the stage with Demian Bichir in Luiz Valdez's revival of ZOOT SUIT at the Mark Taper Forum.  

DOT, is her debut as a writer and she's thrilled to share this raw and honest story with the world!  


Foster is an award-winning director, filmmaker, and Emergence Award Recipient. She earned her BFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied for 3 years with the Atlantic Theater Company under the tutelage of David Mamet, Chris Bauer, Scott Zigler, and Mary McCann, among others.

Foster’s most notable directing work to date is the award-winning short film MADE PUBLIC, a Emergence Award Recipient for Female Filmmakers, written by her husband Brian Leahy, and starring Jeanine Mason (Roswell, New Mexico) and Josh Zuckerman (90210). The film premiered in 2019 and has played at more than 25 festivals including Palm Springs, Cinequest, Cleveland, and many more. The film has received 13 nominations and 9 awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and the Audience Award at the Bentonville Film Festival.

Foster was one of six directors selected by Alliance of Women Directors for the inaugural AWD Short Film Initiative, creating a short film in collaboration with the Shoot ‘Em Up film series. The resulting film, titled MÍA, premiered at Disney Studios.

Foster is an alumna of the Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative, co-founder of Something Wilde Productions, member of the Los Angeles Women's Film Collective, and Board Member of the non-profit organization Moms-In-Film. She is repped by Verve Talent & Literary and Fourth Wall Management.

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