The Openers

Los Angeles, California | Film Short


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Frustrated by open mics, and forcing their friends to pay a two drink minimum, the girls see the comedy special they're creating as something that could kickstart their careers. They don't realize how difficult it is to produce a comedy show with no money, no connections and questionable talent.

About The Project

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The Story

Here we are at the end of pilot season and none of us have booked a lead in a sitcom... yet. So instead of anxiously staring at our phones willing them to ring, we are creating a Mockumentary. We believe that our comedic voices are just as powerful and unique as some of the comedians you see on comedy central but we haven't been given the opportunity to share that comedic voice with the world. So we are creating opportunities for oursleves. We are making our own Stand-up Comedy Special. In the process of creating our stand-up special we also hope to show everyone the true hustle for women in the industry of comedy. Ofcourse it's not all about the destination, a lot of this movie is about the journey. "The Openers" is the making of a stand-up special. Why is it a mockumentry? Because we are hilarioulsy clever women! We have the ability to laugh at ourselves and our situation so ofcourse there will be tons of comedy along the way. We are tired of being the minority, we are tired of our humor being scrutinized and judged by a small community of men, we are ready to break through and let everyone know that we are here, we are fearless, and we are inspiring to women of all ages. Special thanks to all the women who came before us forging the path for strong women in comedy; Lucille Ball, Moms Mabley, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne Barr, and Joan rivers to name a few. 


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HD - RED Epic

Costs $2,000

A red epic is an amazing camera that would make our shots look incredible!

Cash Pledge

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Monitors - External Monitors

Costs $400

Helpful for the director when scenes take place in tight spaces such as a car.


Costs $400

To make our shots look beautiful we need to hire someone with an eye for cinematography.


Costs $200

Help feed our cast and crew!! 50$ a day can give people breakfast and lunch!

Craft Services Food

Costs $100

Snacks are always helpful to keep our crew's energy up all day!


Costs $100

Starbucks group coffee carriers are easy and portable which is REALLY helpful!

Best Boy (grip)

Costs $400

Grips are in charge of lighting. Let there be light!

Boom Operator

Costs $1,000

Hate it when you can't hear what the actors are saying?! Donate to Sound!!!


Costs $400

A director is crucial to the look and feel of our movie. She helps keep the actors on track too :)


Costs $250

We would love to have an original score to accompany our movie!

Festival Fees

Costs $250

We want to submit this film to some of the top film festivals around the country!


Costs $1,500

Travel to film festivals. We'll walk if we have to but you could help us FLY!

Hotel Room

Costs $250

When we get to the festival we will need a place to sleep!


Costs $250

Color correcting fixes any lighting hiccups and makes the picture look vibrant!


Costs $1,000

A good editor can make or break a film. Help us piece all of our hilarious material together.

Sound Editor

Costs $100

Sound editors make sure all the levels of voices and background music are even.


Costs $2,000

We need a Headliner!!! Help us get an amazing stand-up comic to headline our show.

Boompoles & Wind Protection - Rycote Softee Light Wind Protection

Costs $240

A boom is essentially a microphone so you can hear what the actors are saying. We need one! :)

First Aid Kit

Costs $25

Small injuries can occur. It's nice to be prepared. Knock on Wood!!

Accessories - Batteries

Costs $150

Cameras run on batteries and we need them to last all day long. Backups required!

Graphic Designer

Costs $250

A graphic designer can help us with all of our promotional needs including posters and postcards!

Prop Package

Costs $250

red curtains, amp, mic, mic stand other props we might need along the way

Marketing Expenses

Costs $500

We have to advertise this movie in order to build festival buzz!!! Marketing materials are a must!

About This Team


ADRIENNE LEVY is a Midwestern sweetheart, born and raised in Ohio. She is genuine, vivacious, peppy, and funny. Adrienne began her training at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. She has a B.F.A. from The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU as well as a minor in Dance Performance. While in New York, Adrienne performed in several off Broadway shows including Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls and Neil Simon’s Chapter Two at the Second Stage Theater. Upon graduation, Adrienne moved out to LA where she participated in David Mamet’s Atlantic Acting School Los Angeles conservatory. While in Los Angeles, Adrienne has participated in several different films both short and independent. Her favorite film experience was an indie film entitled “Donuts” directed by True Blood star Chris Bauer. Currently she is training at The Groundlings Theater where she improvises and writes hilarious sketches soon to be seen on SNL. She has been performing stand up all over LA at such prestigious clubs such as Flappers, The Improv and The Comedy Store. Her most current project “I’m White?!” will be viewed at the LA Comdey Festival next Spring. She’s a happy girl. 
KIMBERLEY DALTON MITCHELL, 2014 Winner for The American Black Film Festival NBC Universal Star Project, is a recent New York City transplant and taking on LA fiercely. In NY, she could be found Belting high G's and reciting sonnets with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, August Wilson's Women, HAIR, The Vagina Monologues, and many other Off-Broadway stages. New York is were she started working on her writing chops with her award winning film “Sealed” and other ultra low budget-independent- reality-web series under new media contract.

Here in L.A. most recently, I performed in the musical short "Hey Academy. I'm a Woman". All the freakish characters in her head have finally been pulled out at UCB, The Groundlings school, and her own sketch comedy series reaching over 30,000 views in their first month "FabulousnessNess with Clea + Jordan". Her Sketch Duo "Almost Black N White" were finalist in the Funny or Die Make'em LAFF competition.  As a member of the 2014 NBC Universal Diversity Showcase I've been fortunate to finally book my first recurring role on Days of Our lives. After all the crying and slow motion close ups she can be seen doing stand-up around town at prestigious clubs such as Flappers, The Improv, The Comedy Store. She has been described as “fearless” “adorable” “and hilarious”, and an all around nice southern girl. She is repped by Levity Entertainment Group. 

SUSAN- KATE HEANEY is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (BFA in Drama) and a recent transplant to Los Angeles. She came out here with her acclaimed one woman show Mop-oholic (the PIT, UCB, iO West) which has been called "one-of-a kind", "hilarious" and "wonderfully unique" and received awards as one of the top ten shows and performances of the year (Review Fix). The show and new web series TOP MOP are the true comedic story of Susan-Kate's lifelong best friends... her mop collection. TOP MOPis written and produced by and stars Susan-Kate. 

Other recent acting credits include Shirley on Masters of Sex, starring opposite Bryce Dallas Howard as eager Linda in new comedy Pant Suits, and sold out runs of two-woman sketch comedy Kinky Bangs at Second City and the Comedy Central Stage. 

Also a writer, Susan-Kate is a co-author (with Philip Mutz) of Gay Camp, a comedic play which originated in the NY International Fringe Festival and was extended for the Fringe Encore Series. Gay Camp has an open-ended run at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre (in NYC) and had been performed everywhere from Spokane, WA to Provincetown, MA. Other writing credits include web series' One-UPs and Reality Whores and two feature films that are in the works. 

Susan-Kate performs stand-up and in various storytelling shows. She also works regularly in commercials and voice-over. She is repped by Robyn Bluestone Management, TalentWorks and Peikoff-Mahan legal.


LESLIE KORIEN is a writer, director and actor from New York. She currently lives in Los Angeles and performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre with her house team, The Royal Bermuda Whiskey Club, and stars in Tonya Harding: The Musical. In addition to creating content for Wilshire Studios and Youtube’s MrEpicMann (3 million+ followers), Leslie directs and occasionally performs with LA Fringe Fest darlings, The Lost Moon Radio, and has created several projects for the web, including "Extras on The Strip" and "32 and Childless," based on MTV’s "16 and Pregnant.”

Leslie holds a degree from Oberlin College and has worked with the nationally recognized bicoastal arts ed organization, The Story Pirates, for almost a decade as a director, teacher and puppeteer.

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