The Sibling Code

United States | Film Short


Stacey Davis

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A 10 minute comedy about a dysfunctional, yet loving relationship between a sister and brother.

About The Project

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The Story

In 2014, my husband (Nick) and I decided to turn one of my hilarious family stories into a short film. As an entertainment lawyer, I’ve taken great satisfaction in helping my clients achieve their creative, artistic and entrepreneurial goals whose success inspired me to take the next step in my own creative journey.  

This script is inspired by the love-hate relationship I had with my brother, D.J., growing up.  Like most siblings, we didn’t always get along when we were young, but I always knew he had my back.  He could do whatever he wanted to me for his own amusement, but if someone else were to try that - he’d rearrange their face.

My brother is still the funniest person I know and I wanted to highlight that Davis sense of humor in the script.  Thus, The Sibling Code was born. 

In early 2015 I sent the script to film expert Robert Marie Munroe.  If we were going to invest in this project, we needed to be sure the script was pristine.  Roberta literally wrote the book on short films (How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer) and her feedback has proved invaluable.

Coincidentally, Roberta had been looking for a comedy short to direct in 2015. She immediately related to the universal nature of our story and thought it had the potential to be a really fun film.  Nick and I are excited to have someone with Roberta’s pedigree attached to direct and produce our script.

Roberta has assembled a fantastic team of creative professionals to join us on our journey and bring our story to life. So far, we are proud to announce:

Matt Lessall (our very talented casting director)

Michelle Lawler (our award-winning cinematographer)

Fred Helmer (our amazing Costume Designer).

For Roberta, Nick and I, this is a pure passion project.  We love our families, we love film and we love to laugh.  We’ve combined all of our loves into one very funny short film.


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Craft Services Food

Costs $500

A fed cast/crew is a happy cast/crew.

Make Up Artist

Costs $1,000

Our siblings get into a tussle or two, but our crew will ensure no lock is out of place.

Wardrobe package

Costs $500

No Fifty Shades here. Our peeps wear clothes. Or at least they will, if you help with the threads.


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Music + film they go together like peanut butter + jelly. You can’t have one without the other.


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Sitting in a dark room for hours is a thankless job - fulfilling this item is like a big high five.

Production Sound Mixer

Costs $750

Did you hear that? Me neither. That’s what our film will sound like without a great mixer.

Location fees

Costs $500

We need great places to film!


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Color grading insures that the film has the right tone and look.

Sound Designer

Costs $1,000

Great sound pulls you even further into the story.

Festival Fees

Costs $1,500

We need to apply before we can get in! Help us get to your favorite film festival.


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DCP, BR, DVDs . . . It might sound like alphabet soup, but we gotta have them.


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If they're good enough to calculate the Oscar ballots, they're good enough for us.

Production Insurance

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We don’t plan to screw up, but in case we do, we need this.

Graphic Designer

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We need a killer poster and other marketing materials prepared by a creative professional.

Marketing Expenses

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From press releases to post cards, help us get the word out and connect to our audience.

Crewing Up

Costs $8,000

Director, DP, Gaffers, PA's . . . we need them all. Help us crew up!


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We expect the unexpected.

Cash Pledge

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About This Team

Producer/Director – Roberta Marie Monroe:

Roberta Munroe is a single malt scotch drinking producer, author, writer/director and the Managing Partner of her LA based film production and consulting company.

In 2008, Roberta wrote: How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer. 

Producer titles include: 

THE PARKER TRIBE - TV pilot (starring Paula Pell and David Keochner) Executive Produced by Jane Baker, Roberta Munroe and Denis Gallagher (Charliewood Pictures), with DP Michelle Lawler, and composer Jeff Richmond. World premiere in short film section at the TriBeCa Film Festival 2015.
THE PROCESSION - (Starring Lily Tomlin & Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Tribeca 2012, “Stars In Shorts” Theatrical release 2013)
IRENE & MARIE (Starring Olympia Dukakis and Rose Gregario - not on festival circuit) 
Debutante Hunters (Audience Award, Sundance 2012, Palm Springs ShortsFest2011) 

Consulting Producer titles include:

My Night With Andrew Cunanan (Frameline 2012, Melbourne LGBT Film Festival 2012, Cleveland International FF 2012, Iris Prize Nominee 2012)
Only Fair (DC Shorts Fest 2013) 
Plus Ultra (DC Shorts Fest 2013)
The Uprising (DC Shorts Fest 2013)
The High Level Bridge (Sundance, AFI, Berlinale, SXSW 2010) 
Suicide Canaries (SXSW 2010)

Roberta wrote/directed the shorts Dani & Alice, and Happy Birthday that travelled the festival circuit, won several Best Short Awards and were distributed by Wolfe Releasing via DVD and Netflix. As well, she wrote, directed and produced two shorts commissioned by the UNFPA (United Nations), Maja and Family Prayers focusing on children, women and reproductive rights in Egypt and Eastern Europe.
You can find Roberta hanging on the east side in Los Angeles, California with her two rescue dogs Marcello & Rita. Website:  Email: [email protected].

Producer/Writer – Stacey Davis:

Stacey is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney and an award winning screenwriter.  Stacey routinely lectures on entertainment law topics, particularly as relates to the development and production of motion pictures.

She won the Grand Prize for Best Short Screenplay at the Sidewalk Film Festival’s SideWrite competition for THE GOOD MAN. 

Stacey lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Nick, and her eight year old son, Charlie. Website:  Email: [email protected].

Cinematographer – Michelle Lawler:

Michelle is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer working in film and television. Her first feature documentary FOREVER’S GONNA START TONIGHT won numerous audience awards including Outfest LA 2010. Michelle has shot several award-winning short films including THE PARKER TRIBE and YOU’RE DEAD TO ME which won the Imagen Award for Best Short Film 2014, as well as two feature films  —Outfest Grand Jury Award winner WILDNESS directed by Wu Tsang, and BEST FRIENDS FOREVER starring and directed by Brea Grant.

Michelle co-created and lensed the widely-lauded comedy web series HUDSON VALLEY BALLERS with Saturday Night Live veterans Paula Pell and James Anderson, starring Paul Rudd and Kate McKinnon, and shot RODS & CONES written by and starring Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen.

She has worked on several pieces for exhibition at MoMA, the Hammer Museum, the 2013 Venice Biennale and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Michelle is a departmental honoree in Cinema Studies at SF State, an alumnus of the Cinematography Fellowship at Film Independent, and holds an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute.

Matthew Lessall – Casting Director:

Matthew, the former Director of Feature Film Casting at 20th Century Fox and an in-house casting consultant for the Fox Searchlab Writer/Director Program, has a wide variety of experience in casting a wide range of programming. His credits include Sundance Film Festival standouts, ROCKET SCIENCE, MEAN CREEK, as well as the NetFlix Find Your Voice winner ALMOST KINGS.

In 2011, he chose to join the tech revolution and became go-to casting for Warner Premiere; Warner Bros. new media arm, casting the mega-successful webseries, MORTAL KOMBAT, follow up MORTAL KOMBAT 2 and season 2 of Wonderland Sound & Vision’s AIM HIGH. His BAIT 3D (a/k/a SHARK), garnered an Official Entry at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and two films at the inaugural edition of Paris’ Champ d’Elysees Film Festival, including the Liam Neeson film AFTER.LIFE.

Frank Helmer – Costume Designer:

Frank is an accomplished Costume Designer who has worked on the televisions series DROP DEAD DIVA, 90210, SIX FEET UNDER, and many others.  Among his film credits he includes DEBS, HERBIE: FULLY LOADED, DISASTER MOVIE and ALL ABOUT EVIL.

Executive Producer - Nichalaus Sims:

Nick received his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He is assisting with our Seed and Spark campaign and social media. He has previously done similar work for Rickwood Field (America’s Oldest Ballpark) and Safe Routes to School of Central Alabama. His day job is in land use planning and creating healthy communities with a focus on health equity. He has worked for local governments and nonprofits for the last eight years, including fundraising efforts. He and his wife Stacey have been long-time supporters of film in Birmingham, and in particular the Sidewalk Film Festival.

Current Team