Quality Problems

Burbank, California | Film Feature

Comedy

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Bailey and Drew Poster are a 40 something couple much like other couples: They have two kids, two jobs, one dad with Alzheimers and one boob with cancer. Toss in planning an 8 year old's birthday party and the only thing you CAN do is laugh.

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Mission Statement

90% of our crew were women. Our writer/director is a woman. All of our producers were women as were our DP and Production Designer and all of our PA's.

The Story

I am making a comedy… about Cancer.
I know it sounds ridiculous but that’s kind of what it boils down to. Let me back up. My name is Brooke Purdy and I wrote a film about a family, much like my own. They have a Mom, Dad, two kids and 1st world problems, QUALITY PROBLEMS.  One of these problems happens to be Breast Cancer.
    This story is based on a true one. Ours. In 2008 I was diagnosed with DCIS in my right breast and had a mastectomy in November and reconstruction on both breasts over the following 9 months. With a 10 month old and a 4 year old, this wasn’t exactly on my “To Do List”.  But, you don’t really bargain with Cancer. What my husband, Doug and I did instead? We laughed, a lot. That’s just in our nature. We will find the obscure, the dark and the hilarious in anything… Even Cancer.
I believe it saved my life. We gathered up our “Village”, circled the wagons and did whatever was necessary to weather that particular storm in our story. Fortunately, our umbrella happened to be humor. It helped. Sometimes it was the only defense we had.
I am happy to report that I am now 7 years “Cancer Free” and 3 years off all medications. We run a successful boot camp and personal training business and I talk to anyone and everyone I can about my experience. Before all of this Cancer Business struck- my husband was an actor and I was a writer.  Being somewhat “on the other side” of the crisis we were wondering how our experience and talents could be put to good use. So, I wrote this film, Quality Problems. It’s pretty autobiographical, with a few liberties here and there but the Cancer and the laughter remain. I want to show how a REGULAR FAMILY can deal with a seemingly devastating blow and come out stronger on the other side. I want to make people pause and consider that it’s okay to lighten up and most importantly, I want to make them see that they are NOT alone in their own struggles and that there IS hope and laughter in all corners of life.
 

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Mastering

Costs $800

Mastering the film's sound & color.

Publicity

Costs $4,000

Posters, postcards, and a Publicist to help get our film seen.

Hard Drives

Costs $400

Four drives at $100 each.

Entry fees

Costs $1,000

Ten festival entry fees at $100 each

DCP

Costs $650

Digital Cinema Package $650 each, enabling the film to be delivered to the theater digitally

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Festival Costs

Costs $3,150

Travel and lodging in order to screen the film and get distribution.

About This Team

Brooke Purdy - Writer and Co-Director, "Bailey"  has written and directed for companies including Def Comedy Jam and Def Pictures, HBO and Showtime. An NYU film school graduate, Brooke has several produced shorts including her award winning “Against the Wind” which won a lot of festivals but didn’t manage to put a dent in her student loans. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a copywriter in radio for fifteen years spearheading campaigns like Pepsi, AT & T, KFC, and Campbell’s Soup. Brooke has optioned several screenplays which allowed her to buy a house in Burbank where, to keep the budget in check,  a great deal of Quality Problems was shot. A successful playwright, Brooke’s plays Blitzkrieg and Plunge both had sell out runs in Los Angeles. Brooke wrote a television pilot for Jamie Kennedy and sold it to Universal T.V. She used the money on gum and hair products. She also won “Hollywood’s Next Success Screenwriting Contest” with a Gilmore Girls spec she wrote. She still has the mug. In her almost nonexistent spare time, she has taught swing dancing, bootcamp, driven in a demolition derby, married her best friend Doug and had two kids Max, 10 and Scout, 7 whom she loves even more than cheese and Toasted Almond Good Humor Bars. One day she hopes to sleep until 10:30a.m.

 

Doug Purdy - Co- Director, "Drew"  Doug Purdy has worked steadily as an actor in film, television and stage. A Los Angeles native, he studied under famed teachers Janet Alhanti, Arthur Mendoza and Improv Olympic. Television credits include Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Monk and Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar. On stage he has acted in or directed numerous plays including Blitzkrieg, The Deep Blue Sea and Plunge. Recent film work includes Come Simi, Forgiving the Franklins and Least Among Saints.

 

Jen Prince - Producer  "Jen Prince has a passion for small, character-driven films, and champions directors who are committed to crafting powerful performances.” - Variety

Jen Prince is an independent producer who hails from Texas, where her love for music, theatre, movies and tableside guacamole began. She produced the micro budget indie-road feature, Eve of Understanding, which won Best Feature at several festivals including: AFI Dallas, Beverly Hills HD Film Festival and Female Eye Film Festival Toronto. It was distributed through Vanguard Cinema and screened at over twenty festivals worldwide. Prince’s intensive making-of-blog became required reading in the USC graduate film production program as a 'how-to-make-your-first-feature' primer.  Other recent producing work includes the feature RIPE, and a partnership with the San Antonio Young Filmmakers Association to mentor and Associate Produce the narrative feature, Fields Afire.  She recently completed a 35mm short, Farewell My King, written and directed by Christian Gossett (King Kong). She is currently in post-production on the feature And Then There Was Eve (Tania Nolan, Karan Soni, Mary Holland). Jen is a graduate of the MFA Film Production Program at USC where she was awarded the Harold Lloyd scholarship and selected as one of only four directors to direct a USC funded graduate.  Her film Winded was distributed through MindIgnite Australia and won awards at MethodFest and Miami International Film Festival. She received her BFA in Acting and a BA in Liberal Arts in the Plan II Honors Program & Russian History at the University of Texas at Austin (Phi Beta Kappa).  Jen’s theatre experience includes her award-winning one-woman show about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Voice of the Swan. Jen also works in post-production television as a producer and editor.  Credits include the Emmy Awards, The Contender (Mark Burnett Prods), and The Amazing Race (CBS). She has taught film directing and directing actors at New York Film Academy.  Jen is a mother of three boys and loves trying to keep up with them.   
 

Colette Freedman - Co Producer, "Debbi"  An internationally produced novelist, playwright and screenwriter, Colette Freedman was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist's Guild.  Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews:  It has been produced around the country and internationally, fourteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and is being done this October in Melbourne. The film version premiered on Lifetime in the fall. She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan).Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her novel The Consequences (Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. In addition to Sister Cities, Colette has two films in preproduction: The Last Girls and The Mystery of Casa Matusita.  She co-wrote the feature And Then There was Eve, currently in post production. Her musical Serial Killer Barbie just finished a sold out run in Los Angeles and is was mounted in New Zealand this fall. She is thrilled to be a part of Quality Problems. www.colettefreedman.com

 

Jhennifer Webberly co-producer/ Editor A native Angelino, Webberley is a founding member of Metamorfic Productions LLC, which has produced several award winning shorts and music videos as well as micro budget indie features including the award winning BREAD & BUTTER and RIPE, which was featured as the closing night film at the Women's International Film & Arts Festival. She is currently in post-production on the feature And Then There Was Eve. Webberley holds a MFA (Magna Cum Laude) in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinema-Television and a MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Pepperdine University in Marketing and Strategy. While at Pepperdine, Webberley participated in Shanghai’s Fudan University’s global extension program in management strategy in China.  At USC, Webberley worked on numerous short films as director, producer and editor including the documentary IN BETWEEN DAYS, which won the Best Short Documentary award at the SxSW. She also produced and edited the festival favorite 35mm short film WINDED, which gained distribution through the MindIgnite Australian television series. Webberley is a producer/cowriter on the award winning graphic novel THE RED STAR (Christian Gossett), which is currently in development as a television series.  The Red Star has sold over a million units worldwide, was voted among the Top 100 graphic novels of all time by Wizard magazine, and is one of the most critically acclaimed independent comics' series of the decade. Her comprehensive film experience is matched by her diverse work in theatre where her love for the arts began. She has produced and directed several independent productions including SEBASTIAN AND THE TATTOOED LOVE LIBRARIAN, PERCEPTIONS, and SEARCH AND DESTROY (Jeremy Renner) at the Tamarind Theatre. Professional memberships include Film Independent, the International Documentary Association & Women in Film.
 

Jenica Bergere - "Paula" Jenica is an accomplished actress, writer, and comedienne having had series regular roles on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX.  Before this year, she was perhaps best known and beloved by fans of the Drew Carey Show for her recurring role for two seasons as “Sharon, his plumber girlfriend”, made memorable by a tool belt striptease. 2012 saw Bergere garner her best reviews as an actress with her co-starring role in Safety Not Guaranteed, a Sundance 2012 winner. Bergere began her career as a stand up comedienne becoming a paid regular at The Comedy Store as well as the Improv when she was barely old enough to vote and credits Russell Simmons for discovering and representing her as the only “crazy white girl” on his Def Jam slate. She has a recurring role on the fifth season of the hit drama Shameless, playing the neighbor “Tall Lisa” and will play key character Sheila Delacroix, in Bosch written by Michael Connely and premiering February 13, 2015 on Amazon. She also stars in the winner of the Best Film Award at LA Comedy Film Festival, All Stars, as well as a the new independent film Love is All You Need slated to come out later this year. As a writer, Jenica has created a niche with a unique story telling point of view that is both urbane and seemingly off the cuff. As a solo show artist and teacher, she found she could combine and utilize all her talents in both comedy and drama to begin to create opportunities. Her one-woman show You Can Eat Me opened and played to sell out houses at the Comedy Central Stage and the Acme Comedy Theatre. Her based-on-real life accounting of her marriage and relentless quest for fame was immediately sold and developed as a sitcom to NICK AT NITE, created by Jenica Bergere and Jonathan Stark (According to Jim), produced by Piller Segan Shephard (GREEK, HAVEN). With her directorial debut Come Simi, Jenica Bergere has been named the Winner of Best Filmed Screenplay at 2015 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (HRIFF) showcasing the best in new cinema and classic filmmaking.

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