Los Angeles, California | Film Short


Cheryl Rodes

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Based on a true story, FOR GINA was written as a homage to anyone who's life has impacted by cancer. The Unpaved Rodes team is getting together to tell a universal story - life's deepest moments of sorrow are uniquely attached to the absolute joy of living.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Our film is the story of love, loss, and the raw forms of humanity contained within them. Cancer affects us all, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion or even innocence. In this way, as devastating as it is, it unites us all, and united is the only way we will ever find a cure.

The Story

Our team is getting together to make a short film based on a true story, a 3 year old little girl, who lost the battle to Leukemia in 3 short weeks. 


We introduce her family, her doctor and her nurse, right before her diagnosis and proceeding her death. It sucks. Cancer sucks. It's takes families, people by storm, leaving an everlasting impression.


Our intent with this project is to draw attention to the commonality of this disease, encourage people to share their love as much as they can and give back to help find a cure.


Any profits made from this short will be donated.


For anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer - this film is for you. FOR GINA.


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Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Lighting Gear

Costs $600

To make sure that our story can be seen in the perfect "light"


Costs $3,000

Shooting a great story, sometimes takes great gear - we are going to film FOR GINA using the RED

Sound Mixer

Costs $1,200

Every watched a movie with bad sound? We don't enjoy it either, we'd like to hire a pro for this.


Costs $900

Someone savvy to operate and execute the lighting, so everything looks good.


Costs $1,200

The hardworking creatives desire a good snack and/or meal or two!

Assistant Camera Operator

Costs $750

Someone to help with the heavy lifting (and focusing)


Costs $1,000

Because after you snag the shot, you need someone to download, organize, digest and then cut!

Assistant Director

Costs $500

Paperwork, schmaperwork, seriously, someone has to keep it all organized and together. For reals.

Talent Transportation

Costs $500

The talent and producing team is donating their time - it'd be nice to pay for their gas.

Costumes and props

Costs $450

To make it look legit, we're going to have to dress it up.

About This Team

Cheryl Rodes, Director/Writer

       A true and native L.A. creative, began acting at the age of six, she has starred in several independent films and was inspired to move behind the camera after high school. Cheryl loves everything from writing poetry to spending hours coloring an epic mandala, she honed and cultivated her crafts in acting, writing and directing, with a Bachelors in Theatre/Playwriting from UCI and a Masters in Writing for Film and Television from USC.

      In her spare time she indulges her addiction to fitness with spin, boxing and hot yoga. She loves being an impact player, a social contributor via charity efforts and wonderful mother of two. Her projects are usually about strong women with complex stories, trying to navigate life with rose-colored, but totally broken, glasses on. She has one feature film, FOLLOWED, and one short Julia, both in post-production and a another short, The Gist, that has shown at various festivals. The VR film, Going Home, that she Co-Produced was recently shown at USC’s First Look Screening.


MIkahil Buchanan, Writer

     Mikhail grew up in Bloomfield, Connecticut and graduated from AIC in Massachusetts, he’s recently moved out to Los Angeles to further pursue his lifelong dream of writing for film and television. This is his second project with the Unpaved Rodes team and he looks forward to making many more cause driven films.


Morgan Schmidt, Cinematographer

      Morgan Schmidt has been photographing feature- length films and commercials for thirteen years, providing an edgy and modern look to his work. Morgan's visual sensibility derives from his Hollywood training and mastery of high-end lighting techniques. Morgan has shot 12 feature length films around the world. His films have screened at dozens of film festivals on four continents.
     He earned a ‘Best Cinematography’ award in 2010 for his work on Touch, a Vietnamese-American family drama set in a Los Angeles nail salon. Other prominent credits include: Level 26 a series for CSI creator Anthony Zuiker; and “Gimme Shelter” (2014) starring Vanessa Hudgens. Recently Morgan expanded his presence into the Asian market with the Vietnamese feature-length film NGÀY NẢY NGÀY NAY (The Lost Dragon), which holds the record for the most CG shots in a Vietnamese film. Morgan brings deep expertise in television commercial production.

     Morgan received his BA from Harvard University where he studied biology and fine-art photography.


Jennifer McCuen, Producer

     Leading with a strong eye and a compassionate heart, Creative Producer Jennifer McCuen uses her expertise in storytelling and photography to guide and facilitate an array of artistic projects. Utilizing a degree in Film and Media Production from Arizona State, she carries with her a unique perspective in ethical filmmaking and strives to be a light that fosters collaboration. When she isn’t grinding away on her iMac, you can find her sipping a latte at King’s Road or hanging beachside with her rescue pups.

     She is most energized by producing content that has the ability to touch hearts and challenge perspectives, and her most recent work, shooting stills and producing content for Nickelodeon, has given her a new edge in a youthful market.


Jennifer Tocquigny, Producer

     After beginning her career working in feature development, and digital marketing at Warner Brothers, Jennifer Tocquigny followed her passion for hands on producing and began working on documentary features in 2013. She joined her first producing team working on Landfill Harmonic, the feature-length film about the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, which premiered at SXSW and played at over 150 festivals worldwide, including TIFF, AFI Fest, IDFA, Sheffield, and was distributed by HBO. Jennifer has since joined teams working on films across a variety of subjects ranging from deforestation in Nicaragua, LGBTQ surrogacy in France, to board gaming in Germany. Following her love of a great story, she has a passion for social impact projects and loves the challenge of creating significant change through storytelling.


Anne Bobek, Associate Producer

     An absolute true creative, Anne joins the Unpaved Rodes team, as an Associate Producer. Her passion for film and television combined with her out-of-the-box thinking makes her a natural at working behind the scenes. She lives in Palos Verdes with her husband Joe, her three boys and two boxers.


Cristina Cimellaro, Actress

     Cristina is from Philadelphia where she began her artistic career as a dancer. She received a BA from Vassar College in Biopsychology and Drama and then pursued an acting career in New York where she starred in many forgettable productions. After moving to Los Angeles, she appeared in several national commercials. She is a member of Mensa, and helps charities that seek to improve education in the Los Angeles area.




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