Mission StatementWe wrote Remixed to confront grief from a comedic angle. Inspired by the essence and personality of my brother Ian who died 17 years ago, I found that comedy lightens the load of grief; we can still laugh while healing, and continue to honor our loved ones decades after they're gone.
About The Project
Inspired by True Feelings | While driving to the set of their last short film, Lauren and Frank started brainstorming ideas for what their next project should be about. Lauren's brother Ian died at the young age of 26, when Lauren was 22. Frank never had the privilege of meeting Ian, but because of the stories and memories Ian's family and friends have shared over the years, Frank feels like he knows him. The idea that someone can still be celebrated long after they are gone felt like a great place to start a story. Ian's personality inspired the character of Owen, who is the "guiding voice" of our short. Owen lovingly and humorously tells his friends what they need to hear in that moment, to help them on their personal growth journeys through grief.
We plan to use this short film as a "proof of concept" for a full-length feature. We believe in the heart of this story, and we have more to say.
This is the same incredible team that made our first award-winning short film, Bigger than a Breadbox. The experience and success of that "tiny" comedy helped keep the momentum going and made us all want to work together again. This time in a slightly larger setting, and not inside a tiny house. ;-)
What happens after Remixed is funded? | We will be shooting in early August, with a packed four day shooting schedule. We need to pay for our cast, crew, locations, makeup, sound, and craft services. The film will need to be edited and color corrected, and we'll need sound mixing and music!
Our director Mitch Yapko has experience working on set in a Health and Safety role, so he will be training our cast and crew on Covid safety protocols.
Three friends and a Boombox | Liz is at an all-time low; she’s leaving her husband, and moving in with her old friend Aubrey. She’s lost.
While packing, Liz and Aubrey discover a box filled with her dead brother Owen’s stuff including an audio-guided mixtape/bucket list that was made for his friends to complete 15 years ago. Liz and Aubrey recruit their friend Isaac to complete the challenges that were created for 20-somethings, not adults in the middle of their own personal crises.
Whisked away on this adventure, the group of friends rediscover their love for each other and address some of their unhealthy coping mechanisms while honoring the final wishes of their old pal.
Honesty, humor, and heart.
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About This Team
Mitch Yapko | Director
Mitch Yapko is a multi-award-winning writer/director/producer, known for his comedic and unique character work, focusing often on surreal characters in real-life situations. He looks for the heart of the story, and strives to make all of his films relatable. He takes ideas from concept through to completion, and pulls people out of their day-to-day lives and into his imagined worlds. His films have shown in dozens of film festivals over the years, including the Sundance Film Festival (“Smilf” - Winner, Short Film Jury Prize), Newport Beach Film Festival (“Always Worthy” - Achievement in Filmmaking Award), and many more.
Mitch has spent over a decade writing, producing and directing short form narrative content, everything from shorts and pilots to branded digital content and commercials to sketch comedies and his vast experience allows him to connect with actors to bring out the best performances every time.
Lauren Leon | Writer, Executive Producer, Lead Actress (Liz)
Lauren is a comedic actress, writer, and producer of short films like Bigger than a Breadbox and Late Check-in. She has trained and performed in comedy theaters such as Groundlings, iO West, and Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.
Frank Leon | Writer, Executive Producer
Frank is a writer, producer, and editor whose work includes Bigger than a Breadbox, Late Check-in, and thousands of videos in the educational sector.
Morgan Sandler | Cinematographer
Morgan Sandler is a Professor of Film Production at the University La Verne, as well as the chair of the Digital Media Department. Before accepting his position at La Verne, Morgan was a Professor of Film at California State University, Los Angeles. He was also the head of cinematography at the Los Angeles Film School, where he designed the Cinematography curriculum.
In addition to his teaching, Morgan has worked professionally as a cinematographer for nearly 20 years in the film and television industry, with clients including Disney, MTV, RCA Records and American Express.
Most recently, Morgan has written a book titled “Visual Storytelling” which is available through all major booksellers.
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