In Honor Of

Los Angeles, California | Film Short


Julia Eringer

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Sarah comes home to a family gathering in her childhood backyard but there is a sense that something is not right. A succession of flashbacks reveal her loving family to be somewhat darker than initially supposed. This party is in fact her tribunal and she will not leave alive.

About The Project

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The Story


This short film was inspired by a newspaper article written over 10 years ago. It detailed the execution of a young woman by her own family in the swimming pool in their back garden. Family and friends were invited to witness the event so that balance and honor could be restored to the community. The woman’s crime was that she did not adhere to what the family demanded of her. Our film is inspired by, not based on, this event. In our film, the young woman's family disapproves of her lover and her unmarried state. That is her only crime.The aim of the film is not to judge the family or any culture which condones such ‘honor killings.’ Rather it is to explore the feelings of love, fear, sadness and betrayal that one might experience when being sentenced to death by those who are supposed to love and protect you.



"An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the perpetrators' belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their relatives, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, or engaging in homosexual relations." - Wikipedia

According to the United Nations, there are over 5,000 cases of murder due to honor killings reported around the world each year. 

These murders often go unreported. Women’s rights organizations working in South Asia and the Middle East estimate that over 20,000 women are honor killed each year.

A 2010 study indicates that the average age of honor killing victims is between 15 – 25 .

According to an Amnesty International report "The regime of honor is unforgiving: women on whom suspicion has fallen are not given an opportunity to defend themselves, and family members have no socially acceptable alternative but to remove the stain on their honour by attacking the woman"



With our film we aim to raise awareness of this terrible worldwide issue. We do not aim to point fingers at any denomination, be it religious or cultural. Our intent is to make a film that allows the audience to experience what it might be like to be the individual that this is the subject of such an atrocity; what it might feel like to be turned on and executed by your family - the people who love you the most. Our hope is to create a visceral experience that will not readily be forgotten.




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HD - Arri Alexa

Costs $750

Our film is a very visual piece and we need the best camera possible in order to tell our story.

Lenses - Arri / Zeiss Ultra Prime Set

Costs $750

Better lenses means more beautiful footage to bring our story to life.

Monitors - External Monitors

Costs $100

Our team needs to see what they are shooting - bigger monitors mean we won't miss anything

Mixers - Sound Devices 302 3 Channel Mixer

Costs $175

Sound can make or break a film. We need ours to be just right.

Wired Microphones - Comtek M-216 Option 7 Transmitter

Costs $75

We want our actor's to be heard!

Make Up Artist

Costs $300

So that our actor's look beautiful. No shiny faces please!

Makeup Kit

Costs $50

We have a lot of actors in our film. We need to keep them all pretty and shine-free.

Wardrobe Stylist

Costs $100

We need to dress our ensemble cast and they all need to look the part. They are almost in uniform.


Costs $2,100

We want to pay our wonderful cast. Even a little. They deserve it.


Costs $400

Best Boy (Electrical)

Costs $750

Craft Services Food

Costs $2,700

We get HUNGRY!

Location Rental Fee

Costs $4,500

This is a very affluent family. To be able to tell the story, we need a suitable house.


Costs $500

To be safe, not sorry.

Backup Hard Drive

Costs $200

So that we don't lose any of our hard earned, beautiful footage.


Costs $2,000

We don't want to break the law (too much)

Cargo Van

Costs $400

To hire a van and pay for gas to get to our locations.

Set design

Costs $200

To dress our sets and make sure every frame looks beautiful


Costs $500

Our party guests need to appear to be in somewhat of a uniform. Their suits and dresses must match.

Camera accessories

Costs $150

Tripods, stands, camera bags... these accessories add up

About This Team

We have an INCREDIBLE team assembled and ready to go.

BEN MEARS - Director

Ben is a Los Angeles based director who produces, shoots, and edits branded content for a living.  His work has been commissioned by fashion designers, creative agencies, small start-ups, and major entertainment companies alike. Ben's happiest any time he's working with creative people and doing things that broaden his perspective of the world and the people in it.  His latest theatrical short, The Black Tulip won the prize for best short film at the 2013 London International Festival of Science Fiction.


Andrea is originally from Tucson, AZ where she graduated Valedictorian of her high school class, went on to receive Cum Laude honors and a degree in Engineering and a minor in Theater Arts from the University of Arizona. Once Andrea arrived in Los Angeles, she began to act in independent films, including several short films and features.  During her experiences, she also developed a passion for the creative process, and began to incorporate producing in her repertoire.   Andrea began working for a line producer to understand the financial components and all the critical elements behind the lense. Andrea’s last film she produced was Jesse Baget’s White Knight (now known as Cellmates), which was acquired by Viva Pictures and Warner Brother’s for distribution and won 9 best picture awards at various prestigious festivals.  Andrea’s last three features, “Pedestrian Crossing,” “Darius,” and “Wayward Pilgrim” will no doubt make the festival rounds as well.  Andrea is currently attached to and developing several feature films, including an untitled Johnny Tapia picture with director, Eddie Alcazar.

DAN - Cinematographer

Dan Finlayson is a cinematographer from New England who now lives in Southern California.  He misses the winter sometimes.  He misses it from the beach, or on a film set, or in his car with the windows down.  He loves shooting film whenever possible and thinks that lenses are some of the most precious, mystifying objects in the world.

JULIA ERINGER - Writer / Producer

Julia’s academic background is in philosophy and literature as well as film. She has a BA from the University of Birmingham and a Masters from the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s, London. She began her career in the development and communications department of MTV International, then became a strategist at advertising agency Euro RSCG working on campaigns for News International and The Conservative Party, among others. After training at Drama Centre, her love of film took her behind the lens, into the producer’s chair. She now acts, produces and writes and resides in Los Angeles, California.

TRACEY BECKER - Executive Producer

Tracey Becker began her career as an actress and producer in New York City and made frequent guest appearances on networks like A&E, Comedy Central and Showtime.  Tracey then launched Birnam Wood, a theater and film production company dedicated to developing works by new and established writers like Murray Schisgal, Christopher Durang, Ron McLarty.  She produced the highly successful Off-Broadway run of Doris Davis’ “Summer Share” that NBC TVs Jeffery Lyons called “Must-See Theater!”  She then partnered with Dustin Hoffman to develop the one-hour TV drama pilot “44 Wall”.  Birnam Wood optioned Allan Knee’s play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan” and developed the screenplay “Finding Neverland” with writer David Magee. Partnering with Richard Gladstein, Tracey co-produced the film for Miramax, which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with Marc Forster directing. “Finding Neverland” was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning for Best Score, in addition to winning the National Board of Review’s Best Picture honor.

Tracey then developed a series of short films for “Glamour” Magazine, featuring the directing debuts of Jennifer Aniston and Bryce Dallas Howard. Her latest film “Hysteria”, a romantic comedy set in Victorian, England directed by Tanya Wexler (“Ball in the House”), and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce and Felicity Jones, premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in 2012. Tracey will next produce “The Galapagos Affair” from a script by William Boyd (“Chaplin”) for Informant Media, as well as the psychological thriller “Urban Asylum” written by Sean Farley, and “Ana’s Playground” – the feature adaptation of Eric D. Howell’s award-winning short film, for RKO Pictures.

Tracey lives in Venice, California with her husband and son. In her spare time, she sits on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Film Festival, offers screenplay consultation services through her website, and is an active volunteer for her son’s elementary school, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of  “From the Heart,” a non-profit which puts brand new books in the hands of disadvantaged kids in the most economically challenged areas of Los Angeles.



This is entirely an ensemble piece. The film works like a jigsaw puzzle with every character providing a window into the private world of this family. We took a long time selecting the right person for each role and I am proud to have assembled an incredible cast.


Sarah - Julia Eringer

Young Sarah - Sofia Checchi

Buddy - Andrew Pierno

Young Buddy - Brandon Hender

Sonny - Jack Elliott

Young Sonny - Elliott James Thomas Moore

Love - Tony Tambi

Mother - Marina Anderson

Father - Paul Hubbard

Uncle - William Jones

Current Team