Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Thriller, Horror

Patrick Kennelly

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Buckle in for a wild ride with the proven filmmakers behind this one-of-a-kind female revenge thriller.

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Mission Statement

LOGLINE: A deaf woman is inspired to kidnap a man she believes is her abusive birth father. The film is powered by characters that belong to groups represented too infrequently in the media (namely, deaf/HoH culture, LGBTIQ, and pregnant women).

The Story

HAMMURABI is a short film about a woman on a mission in the desert.


Jacobina's under some unique circumstances. She's deaf, and pregnant. Communication is hard, so she must use all the tools at her disposal to deliver an important message to a man she's convinced is her dad… the guy she has hog-tied in the trunk of the car. 



This is the first original collaboration between Patrick Kennelly and Bethany Orr as director and actor since premiering our feature film Excess Flesh at SXSW in 2015. (In the interrim we’ve been busy becoming parents.)



With our work we're always looking to disrupt genre convention and defy audience expectations. We both love psychological films with complex female protagonists. And the 1980s. So HAMMURABI is a perfect fit.


It all started as a napkin idea last summer, we built an amazing team, and we’re happy to report we have recently made it through production! Now we need your help to finish the film in time to welcome our second kid into the world. 



A thriller-horror on its face, HAMMURABI at its core is an allegory, a personal drama about reform, reconciling with difficult truths of one's past -- and refusing to be silenced.


We're really looking forward to sharing this film with you.

Hop on now and take the HAMMURABI ride with us!!

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**A FINAL NOTE: We are delighted to be partnered with our generous fiscal sponsor Highways Performance Space, so that your contribution is 100% tax deductible**


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Visual Effects

Costs $2,800

The movie has a number of visual effects that are crucial to telling the story.

Color Correction

Costs $450

A slice of budget is dedicated to color grading so the film is as visually compelling as possible.

Sound Design & Mix

Costs $1,500

Jacobina has something to say! Help her be heard loud and clear with a solid sound design & mix.


Costs $950

An original score will help articulate the tone to shape viewers' emotional experience of the film.


Costs $2,500

To reach the finish line, we need to finesse each scene intensively in the editing bay.

Festival Submissions & Admin Fees

Costs $1,000

Help cover submission fees for film festivals, which help to promote the film worldwide.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

PATRICK KENNELLY (Director, Producer) is an award-winning director of live performance, video, and film. His body of work includes Cleansed by Sarah Kane, the original multi-platform pop musical experience PATTY, and the South Sudan experimental documentary ten minutes is two hours. He received his BFA in Film/Video from CalArts and MFA in Theatre Directing from UCLA. In 2015, Patrick's debut feature film Excess Flesh was hailed as “the most twisted movie at SXSW -- and of the year” by The Daily Beast. The movie is currently distributed on VOD/DVD by Midnight Releasing and is a curated pick on Shudder. In addition to his creative projects, Patrick has served the Los Angeles arts community for many years as Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space, Southern California’s boldest center for new performance.


BETHANY ORR (Writer, Producer, "Jacobina") is an actress and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has appeared in multiple film, TV and web projects including Criminal Minds, Stalker, and The Game Basement. Her first original short, Agorable, which she wrote, directed and starred in, won her entry into Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, as well as the Transatlantic Talent Lab in Iceland. Her second short, Winner, a microbudget project made in 7 days, won the Grand Prize at 2012’s inaugural Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge Fest. Bethany starred in Patrick's 2015 SXSW feature Excess Flesh, winning Best Actress for her performance as "Jill."


CHANNING SARGENT (Producer) is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of Arts in Experimental Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre, and USC's Masters in Creative Writing program. Her past work includes Mad Men, Gamer Decisions, Retro Hardware, and 2018's No Better, No Worse.


NIKKI BOHM (Casting, Producer) is a filmmaker and performer whose most recent short IRA premiered at the top international genre festival in Sitges, Spain. She previously worked with Patrick on 2012's PATTY and the Maxi Wild video Sudden Death.


MARY LOVE (Consulting Producer) is a nationally certified interpreter for the deaf with over 30 years' experience. She has worked with deaf/HoH communities in multiple capacities across 3 states -- including medical, legal, psychiatric, and VRS.


JOE LANDO ("Jake") is a storied performer of TV and film whose credits include Higher Ground, Summerland, and The Secret Circle. He first came to the attention of casting directors in the role of Jake Harrison on the soap opera One Life to Live, a job that led to him to star with Jane Seymour in over 140 episodes of the highly successful Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as Byron Sully.


UNATI MANGALISO ("Interpreter") is a talented actor with a passion for social justice. Her credits include Seal Team, Excess Flesh, and the Primetime Emmy-nominated series highlighting the lives of transgender women Her Story. She received her BFA in Theatre at UMass Amherst.





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