Side Effect

Salt Lake City, Utah | Film Short

Drama, Thriller

Andrea Shreeman

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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This campaign raised $5,801 for festivals. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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We are gathering a wave of support for Side Effect to unlock the amazing benefits Seed&Spark offers for short films, and to collect the friends, family, community and funds needed for the Side Effect Festival Tour. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US LAUNCH THIS FILM!

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
  • Updates
  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

Cast 66.6% / Crew: 70% Women & POC . This film happened because directors Andrea Shreeman and Renny Grames met at Sundance 2019 and commited to each other's career advancement. Tapping our network for short scripts, we uncovered Marty Lang's brilliant thriller and knew it was a perfect fit.

The Story

The Story

     When Renny Grames and Andrea Shreeman met at Sundance in 2019, it was a festival match! They quickly became commited to helping each other rise, and four short months later began looking for a short script to shoot. They chose award-winning screenwriter, Marty Lang's Side Effect (formerly Panacetlyne) about a greedy psychiatrist who over-prescribes the wonder drug Panacetlyne, then mysteriously starts exhibiting the side effects herself. In July, #SideEffectMovie was shot on location in Salt Lake City, where Renny and her husband Boston McConnaughey helm their production shingle, Storylands.
     Editing for Side Effect is now 95% complete.


What We Need

     You can only get so far on sweat equity! Most of the editing work on Side Effect is complete. But we do have some detail work left on sound and visual effects. A lot of festivals are now requiring a 5.1 sound mix, so we need to get that done too. And then we're off on our festival tour. We're asking you to help cover the cost of festival submissions, marketing materials, deliverables and travel to our premiere. See our wishlist for the breakdown of costs associated with these pie slices.
     We also need supporters, friends, family and fans to click FOLLOW up above, and help spread the word about Side Effect. Why does "just a follow" matter? Seed & Spark is an amazing platform for filmmakers, and once we hit major follower milestones, this unlocks over $9000 in gifts for our campaign, including complimentary entry into 15+ film festivals, a film marketing consultation, discounts on gear and more!

What You Get

     We want to personally thank each and every one of you for your contributions. When you support the Side Effect campaign, you can receive a wide variety of perks, including: a private link to view the film, a ticket to our one-hour filmmaking Master Class, advice from a licensed psychotherapist, and invites to all our parties! 

The Impact


     We are committed to shining a light on the importance of good mental health care. We invite you to help us spread this message far and wide through a worldwide release of the #SideEffectMovie.


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Sound Finishing

Costs $750

We are so close to the final sound mix but we need to boost it with a professional pass.

Visual Effects

Costs $1,200

There are some fine details still to work out with our visual effects.

Festival Submissions

Costs $1,200

Just applying for festivals is a serious chunk of change.

Branding and Marketing

Costs $1,750

Getting into a festival is one thing, but being seen is another. Help us rise above the noise!

Travel for Premiere

Costs $1,500

Help get three team members to our Festival Premiere. Thank you!


Costs $850

Help us purchase the various video and audio file packages that festivals require. Thank you!

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team


SIDE EFFECT was shot on location in Salt Lake City, with a mostly local cast and crew. 


When you contribute at the $85 level or above, you receive a 60 minute Filmmaking Master Class with these above-the-line team members.


     Andrea started out in network television with two years on The Nanny and two years on Daddy Dearest. She's worked on 100+ sets including network, studio and indies at all budget levels. Andrea was a Founding Executive of Mobile Magic Studios which sold five series into distribution and Director of Fundraising on the Sundance Award-Winning documentary FUEL. Last year she was the Tour Director for The Revolution Generation, a doc designed to get Millennials and Gen Z'ers to the polls in 2020. Her script Chewtopia was a semi-finalist for Women in Media's CAMERAderie film development program.

     The films, livestreams, commercials and music videos Andrea has directed all revolve around relevant themes for social growth including; surviving domestic violence, achieving gender parity, overcoming addiction, healing broken families and taking responsibility for environmental wellbeing.


     Renny has produced for top brands such as Reebok, Nokia and Sony, including award winning spots for Showtime and Coca-Cola. She trained classically as an actor in New York City’s Circle in the Square and also graduated with BFA in Acting. After a brief stint performing regional theater she discovered her love for film and has numerous television and film credits.

     Renny also produces and stars in the YouTube channel Freakin Rad which has garnered multi-millions of views and has a loyal fanbase. She currently resides in Utah and serves on the board of Utah Women in Film & Television as the Director of Programming.


     Marty Lang is an Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Central Arkansas, and an award-winning filmmaker, professor and journalist. He attended the University of Connecticut, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and covering entertainment for the New York Times. He also holds two M.F.A. degrees - one in Film Production from Florida State University, and one in Screenwriting from California State University, Northridge.

     Lang co-produced the satire "Being Michael Madsen," starring Michael Madsen, Virginia Madsen, David Carradine and Lacey Chabert, and associate produced the Web series THE RIDE, premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He also associate produced "Out of My Hand," a 2016 Independent Spirit Award nominee distributed by Ava DuVernay's ARRAY. In addition, Lang created the curriculum for the nationally-recognized Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, a state-sponsored film workforce initiative that ran from 2008 to 2012.


     Boston is a Director of Photography working in the commercial space for high end clients such as Google, Nokia and Box. With a unique expertise in cutting edge virtual reality technology as well as traditional film, he has consulted and even built custom camera rigs to fit the creative vision for brands such as Sony, Oculus and even an independent interactive film directed by Sergio Paez from Lucas Film.

     He is the founder and creative director of Freakin Rad YouTube channel which has been sponsored by top tier gaming and tech brands such as Machine Zone, Temple Run and Bungie. He is an award winning director for his short film “Take” for Showtime’s Online Film Festival as well as his documentary film “The Red Dot” which was featured at the Focus Forward Film Competition sponsored by Sundance Film Festival. Boston graduated film school with a Fine Arts degree in Media Arts Studies with an emphasis in cinematography in 2011.


Full list of SIDE EFFECT Cast and Crew
Directors: Andrea Shreeman & Renny Grames
Producers: Renny Grames & Andrea Shreeman
Screenwriter: Marty Lang
Director of Photography: Boston McConnaughey
Assistant Camera: Lindsey Watson
1st AD: Joseph Reidhead
2nd AD: Judi Bell
Gaffer: Eric Pasternak
Composer: Julia Zuzanna Sokolowska
Editing and VFX: Boston McConnaughey
Production Design: Andrea Shreeman
Art Department: Julia Michelle Boykin & Sue McEvoy
Wardrobe: Jennifer McGrew
Sound Engineer: J.R. Andrus
Sound Designer: Rebecca Paez
Colorist: Matthew Haight
Grips: Devin Hansen, Colton Ashley, Ike Ellsworth
Stunt Coordinator: Duy Beck
Hair/Make Up: Eve Keener & Amy Davis
Crafty and Catering: Becky Beesley
Set Photographer: Joseph Reidhead
In Order of Appearance
Dr. Carrie: Renny Grames
Client 1: Julia Michelle Boykin
Client 2: Eric Pasternak
Frazzled Guy: J.R. Timothy
Tania: Scout Smith
Tommy: Joey Miyashima
Alberto: Duy Beck
Debra: Sue Rowe
Josh: Joseph Reidhead



Current Team