Denver, Colorado | Film Short

Comedy, Drama

Alison Greenberg Millice

1 Campaigns | Colorado, United States

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We all know Roger. Roger is the angst we confront with the unknowns of retirement. HELP WANTED is a story about the displaced worker. Whether lacking modernized skill sets or falling victim to a diminishing industry, this story represents the struggle of many around the world.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

HELP WANTED tackles the themes of retirement, ageism, and the changing world. Telling the story of this generation, our cast ranges from very young to incredibly experienced. Today’s seniors and millennials are both experiencing “What now?” moments; both are in stages of uncertainty and transition.

The Story

This story was borne out of a late night conversation among friends at a film festival. My good friend, Jefferson Moneo, was regaling a story about a summer job opportunity during a college. Jefferson was looking for a part-time job and pulled a tab off a flyer at the supermarket for a summer painting gig. Perfect! Exactly what he was looking for. He called the number and made an arrangement for a meeting the following day. When he arrived, he was greeted by a high school kid, in an overgrown suit, who proceeded to seriously interview Jefferson. The high-schooler read from a list of questions he obviously had printed from the internet. As the interview proceeded, Jefferson became more confused. Shocked. Punk’d? He politely declined the job offer and continued his search.


We all laughed throughout. It was a great story.


It had been months since that evening and I couldn’t shake the story. I was hung up on what if the person applying for the job in the story COULDN’T say no? I ran multiple scenarios of how one could get into that situation and all of them are valid. It was here that the film began to take shape.


HELP WANTED is the story of Roger, a retirement-aged gentleman, who is unsuccessfully trying to re-enter the workforce. Roger spent his life playing by all of the rules, yet finds himself in the unfortunate reality of competing with tomorrow’s leaders for entry level positions. Roger’s best opportunity for employment comes from an extensive interview with Bryce, a recent college graduate, who runs a tech start-up out of his parent’s pool house.

Help Wanted is a story of identity. Roger isn’t looking for a job, he’s looking for something to make himself tired, which in his mind, is what he believes defines a person. For most of his life, Roger was a Foreman, a Father, a Husband, and now, he is none of those. This is the first time in Roger’s life, he is able to choose how to define himself, but has never put his own desires first. What makes Roger happy now? How is he to figure it out?

Director Patrick Hackett on set with Jim O'Heir


We have already crossed the incredible hurdle of shooting the film. Our star, Emmy Award-winner, Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation, Logan Lucky), was gracious enough to participate in the journey. His performance of Roger is tender and funny, and altogether lovable.


We are looking to raise enough funds to finish post-production with the same vigor and resources that we attacked principal photography. Please help us reach our goal so we may share Roger’s story to all of you.


Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

Music Licenses

Costs $2,000

Music is a key component to building the feel of the film. We plan to license well known songs to build the world of Roger.

Color Correction

Costs $4,000

We want this to look good.

Original Film Score

Costs $2,500

We plan to work with a Colorado based composer to build a beautiful original score to compliment the songs we license.

Marketing and PR

Costs $2,000

We want this film seen and want to build a campaign as it makes the festival circuit both domestically and internationally.


Costs $2,000

We have the pleasure to work with Fabiola Caraza, a Vancouver based editor who has cut two films in Competition at Cannes.

Audio Post

Costs $1,500

Ian Gilchrist, engineer at the Decibel Garden, will be helming the sound design, mix, and master for the audio portion of Help Wanted.


Costs $1,500

There are a lot of festivals to choose to play, yet each one comes with a submission fee and other costs.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

Jim O’Heir (Roger) is an American actor and comedian best known for co-starring as Jerry Gergich on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. O'Heir has appeared in several films and made guest appearances on such shows as Friends, Boston Legal, Malcolm in the Middle, Star Trek: Voyager, 3rd Rock from the Sun, ER, and Parenthood. O’Heir is currently cast in Logan Lucky the 2017 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh.


Patrick Hackett (Writer, Director) is a graduate from the Vancouver Film School, and has written and directed numerous short films, with Slave to the Grind and Raising Republic earning festival acceptances. Patrick is also an accomplished Producer. His last project, Actor Martinez, a film he Produced with Britta Erickson, had its North American Premier at the TriBeCa Film Festival. If Patrick isn’t on set, he’s either back at the movie theater gaining inspiration, or at a local music venue listening to live music. He also plays the drums.


Alison Greenberg Millice (Producer) is an award winning documentary film producer, her projects include the Academy Award and Emmy Winner Saving Face, about acid attack victims in Pakistan, which premiered on HBO in March of 2013. Her latest project, Rolling Papers, sold at it’s premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2015. She currently has five other films in production. Alison served as the Advancement Director for the Denver Film Society from 2009 until 2017. In 2017, she joined SERIESFEST as the Chief Strategic Officer. She studied film and political science at the University of Southern California before moving to New York to work for the TriBeCa Film Institute. Missing the blue skies, she moved back to Colorado in 2009 and lives in Denver with her husband, daughter, and dog Butters.


Britta Erickson is the Festival Director for the Denver Film Society - producers of the Denver Film Festival and Film on the Rocks. She has served on numerous film festival juries around the country including SXSW and serves on the advisory boards for SeriesFest and Overlook Film Festival. Prior to joining DFS in 1999, Britta was the founding executive director of the Acoma Center, a non-profit performing arts venue in downtown Denver where she co-founded the nationally recognized Curious Theatre Company. 

Britta's film producing credits include Actor Martinez (Directed by Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, 2016), the documentary Rolling Papers (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2015), and Convention (Directed by AJ Schnack, 2009).

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