Hide and Seek

Washington, District of Columbia | Film Short

Drama, Sci-Fi

Shoshana Rosenbaum

2 Campaigns | District of Columbia, United States

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Have you ever wondered about the path not taken? The script was a finalist at the 2016 DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival (where it had a staged reading) & has been recognized by Screencraft, Austin Film Festival & Hollyshorts.

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Mission Statement

Our crew is mostly female, and includes LGBT members, people of color, and people from a variety of religious backgrounds. Our cast includes women and people of color.

The Story

Former indie rocker Jared's life has changed since he became a dad. When he runs into his old band mate Vanessa, he should be careful what he wishes for.


The kernel of the idea came the first time my daughter demanded I “really” play hide-and-seek.  Usually I only pretended to shut my eyes. I was used to keeping an eye on her, especially on a large public playground.


It seems small, but deep down it was a confronting, unsettling moment – to willfully close my eyes and shut out the world that had her in it. My mom told me once that parenthood is a series of moments of letting go. When I closed my eyes, that’s what it felt like – a kind of surrender to whatever was next. When I finished counting and opened my eyes, my daughter was nowhere in sight.


Luckily, I found her again, but the moment became an idea I eventually developed into a short script. After a number of accolades – a staged reading (and an all-Asian-American cast) as a finalist at the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival; a finalist in the Hollyshorts Film Festival screenplay contest; a semi-finalist for the Screencraft Short Film Production Fund; and in the Second Round at the Austin Film Festival’s screenplay competition – it’s time to make the movie.


I’m a Washington, D.C.-based indie filmmaker. I made my first short film, "The Goblin Baby," in 2014. It played in film festivals in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, and won multiple awards: Best Narrative Short, Best Sound Design, and Best Visual Effects at the 2015 Indie Capitol Awards, as well as a 2015 Rosebud Award (top 5 film at the Rosebud Film Festival.)


I was lucky to have a fantastic crew for “The Goblin Baby” – most of whom I met through Women and Film & Video DC – and “Hide and Seek” reunites many of us, including producer Robin Noonan-Price, production designer Trystin Francis; first assistant camera Keri Williams, and production assistants Alison Bauer and Kim Tuvin.


According to a report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film at San Diego State University, on the top 250 highest-grossing films of 2016, women were just 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 5% of cinematographers. In an era with so little female representation behind the camera, our crew is mostly female. We are also proud that our cast and crew includes people of color and LGBTQ representation.


“Hide and Seek” is the kind of Twilight Zone-y story-with-a-twist that I love. I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of alternate realities, and it’s fun to play with this concept in the context of being an artist and being a parent. I have three wonderful children myself, so I have long been interested in the choices and trade-offs that people make as they go about choosing to have and raising children, especially people who have artistic pursuits in addition to day jobs.


In our culture, the conversation about balancing work and life seems only to involve women, perpetuating the idea that women are defined first by their relationships. When we see moms depicted onscreen -- if we see them engaged with anything beyond their children -- we usually see them struggling with work-life balance. We almost never see men depicted this way.


In writing the script, I decided to flip what would be the usual gender divide: here the guy has decided to settle down, leave his life as an artist behind, and stay home to raise his kid. The female character is the one who has gone on to become successful as an artist. I’m excited to let this new paradigm play out onscreen, and maybe in a small way contribute to shifting our culture.



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Costs $1,200

We're shooting this under the SAG Short Film Agreement, & we're paying our talent (not deferring payment like many low budget short films!)


Costs $1,500

Cinematographer, sound/boom operator & production designer.


Costs $600

To protect our cast, crew and equipment.

Props, wardrobe, hair and makeup

Costs $300

To build the world of the film.

Rental camera & gear

Costs $450

For our cinematography team to shoot the film, beautifully.


Costs $350

To feed our hard-working cast and crew (including many volunteers) yummy, healthy food!


Costs $700

Sound design, color correction, and hard drives.


Costs $500

Submitting to festivals; marketing materials like postcards and t-shirts.

Crowdfunding costs

Costs $400

To pay fees associated with crowdfunding and credit card contributions.

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About This Team



Much of the crew -- the writer/director, producer, casting director, production designer, first assistant camera, and production assistants -- worked together on the 2014 short film The Goblin Baby. We have a brand new Director of Photography, Rinny Wilson, who we're really excited to work with. We're proud that our crew is mostly female -- a rarity in the film industry -- and includes LGBTQ members & people of color.




Johnny Alonso as JARED

After graduating from N.Y.U. and the Actor's Studio, Johnny Alonso's projects have included a one year recurring role on All My Children and guest starring roles on Homicide and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was a WB/CW Network actor for thre seasons with his eight-episode recurring role on Dawson's Creek, and his six episode guest core recurring on One Tree Hill. Johnny starred in the film Coffin, worked with director Martin Scorcese on the HBO pilot/series Vinyl, and had a role on the Fox network hit show Gotham. Johnny's voice has guided millions of visitors through the exhibit "Remember The Children" as the voice of "Daniel" at the Smithsonian Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.






Joy Jones as VANESSA

Joy is a native Washingtonian, who received her Acting MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill/PlayMakers Rep.  Joy is also a trained singer, and in Fall 2017, she'll star as Nina Simone, in the world premiere of "The Champion", a play about Ms. Simone, at TheatreSquared.  

Ashyer Gibbons as DYLAN
William Waddell as BRIAN
William Waddell attended the Cab Callaway School of the Performing Arts and pursued a degree in Music Education at Delaware State University. He departed honorably from the Marines in 2007, and now resides with his wife and family in the DC Metro Area.


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