Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Comedy, Drama

Eileen Abarrca

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Through a comedic lens, GRIT is a short film that addresses the societal shift towards women choosing to have children later in life, sheds a light on the topic of infertility, and celebrates choice in an era where women’s reproductive rights are under attack.

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Mission Statement

GRIT gives voice to those struggling with infertility (a topic not often talked about) and allows their experiences to be included in the narrative around choice and motherhood. This film is being directed by two female directors, shot by a female D.P, and has an all-female production crew.

The Story

When my husband and I decided we were ready to start a family, we, like many couples, (1 in 10 to be exact) were overwhelmed to learn we were struggling with infertility. I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycistic Ovarian Syndrom), the leading cause of female infertility. The journey to conceiving was an isolating and challenging one as I discovered, because whether taboo or simply a matter of privacy, infertility is not something commonly talked about. For more on my journey, read the article I wrote for BRIT & Co.




I wrote GRIT because I believe that some of the broadest and most positive changes in society are in women’s ability to decide when, if, and under what circumstances to have children. More and more, women are pursuing their educations, starting their own businesses, becoming financially independent, traveling the world, and investing in themselves before choosing to have children.



GRIT explores the societal shift towards women choosing to have children later in life. It is ultimately a story about choice, about women having agency over their bodies and their futures, and a film that celebrates all women who are unapologetic, who create their own possibilities, and who posess grit.






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Production filming requires insurance in order for our team to rent equipment


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We will be casting 16 characters for GRIT

Camera Rental Equipment

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We will be renting an Alexa camera package.


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Rock Star female crew coming together for a 2 day shoot


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About This Team

Writer/Co-Director, EILEEN ABARRCA:

Eileen Abarrca grew up in San Francisco and migrated south to pursue a degree in Philosophy from UCLA. After graduating with honors, she traded her books on Aristotle for books on Stanislavski and headed to New York where she received her M.F.A from The Actors Studio. A native Spanish speaker and dual citizen of the U.S and Argentina, Eileen made her directorial debut with the award winning political documentary she penned, entitled Finding Mabel, about Argentina's 30,000 Desaparecidos.

Eileen loves tacos, Pilates, her husband's mustache, and the container store. She's especially thrilled to be joining forces with her long-time colaborator Jordan Auten as co-director.



Co-Director/Producer, JORDAN AUTEN:

A Las Vegas native and competitive junior golfer, Jordan earned a golf scholarship to the University of San Francisco during undergrad. As a media studies major, she won the Gloria Osuna Perez Award for her short film entitled, ‘Civil Rights Still Lives’. ‘A Triggered Thought’ was selected as a finalist by judges, Angela Bassett, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sofia Coppola for 2003 SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE/Montage Entertainment Film Contest. Accepted into UCLA’s MFA directing program in 2006, Jordan completed several award winning short films. She’s an award-winning filmmaker, and produced an audience favorite and Independent Spirit Award nominee, entitled MAMITAS. She’s currently producing television shows for TLC and A&E, while directing Effie award winning commercials for brands such as Dove, Neutrogena, Axe, and Eco Tools.



Director of Photography, JUDY PHU:  

Judy Phu is an award winning cinematographer based in Los Angeles who navigates comfortably between narrative, documentary, commercial and music video collaborations. Her heart is set on nuanced, bold ideas. Her work has appeared at/on Sundance, Tribeca, NY MOMA, HBO, PBS, the History Channel and more. 

Recently, Judy wrapped production on the show THIS CLOSE, which premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and THE TUBA THIEVES which premieres at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2018. 


Producer, ROBIN HUMBERT:  

An award-winning producer, Robin has climbed every step of the production ladder, giving her a thorough understanding of the entire production process. Producing in the field, post, and at the network level- she has produced long format, short format, linear, digital, integrated, and branded content, with both celebrity and non-celebrity talent. A creative mind with a logistical skill set, she looks at the big picture and thinks outside of the box. With a proven resume of successful shows and credits to back her up, she works strategically and efficiently, ensuring that projects come in on time and under budget. She brings a wealth of knowledge, professionalism, and positive vibes to any production. 

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