Maxim Varen is a director, writer, actor and ice skater. He was born and raised in Ukraine and has traveled all over the world in varies ice skating shows as a performer for 3 years. Though that experience he discovered a way to express himself through the art of visual storytelling and it set him on the path to making storytelling his future. He moved to the USA in 2017 to pursue his career as a filmmaker and promote diversity and tolerance through his films.
Throughout my childhood I had a fear of being rejected by my friends and family because of my sexuality. Growing up in a conservative country, where homophobia is widely spread, made it challenging for me to come out to my family. It took me 3 years of living abroad to finally accept myself for who I am and find enough courage to tell my mother about myself. I wrote The Outcoming to show the importance of feeling accepted and how terrifying a thought of rejection can be for a teenager. I chose comedy as the medium because I like the idea of addressing a heavy issue in a lighter way which permits the audience to look at the story from a fresh perspective, and receive the message.
Director Biography – Lawayne Bontrager, Dewayne Bontrager
Dewayne and Lawayne Bontrager of Bontrager Twins Productions and Twiin Media LLC have been developing and producing entertaining short films and creating compelling web videos for corporate America. Since 2008, they have written and produced 23 short films which have been recognized for several awards including: “Best of Show”, “Best Visual Effects”, “Best Special Effects” “Best Score” and “Best Actor”. The Bridge was recently shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Even though they have worn many hats for their film productions, they are mostly acknowledged for their strength in innovation. Creating never before seen camera shots using practical and digital techniques and custom rigging. “If it doesn’t exist, they build it.
Because their films to date have all been low budget indie films, they have used their ingenuity to create “big Budget” film-making on very little or no budget. With film budgets plummeting in todays market – they could add tremendous value to any production looking for a way to stand out in todays flood of films.
They have also invented a Multi-camera multi-speed rotating split screen experience camera rig (Patent Pending) Which they are currently looking for a big budget feature to debut the technology.
Oldrich was born in Trebic, Czech republic, on the 29th of February 1984. During studies at secondary school he wrote and directed 2 stage plays. He finished University of economics in Prague and he spent more than 10 years in online business. He has been running his own online company since 2009. However his love has allways been film, so he spent another 2 years studying production at FAMU and then during a summer workshop in 2016 at Prague film school, he finally made his debut movie The Traitor, a short gangster movie.
Gabriel Renfro is a director and writer, who also edits, animates, produces, and shoots. Gabriel received his MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2011. Notable works include the horror-comedy Aaaaagh! A Monster! (writer, director, sound designer), the award-winning teen comedy Nora Breaks Free (director, co-writer) and the gangster drama, Birth Mark (director)
looking for along the way in this feel-good, female driven comedy.
Ross Harris is an English director who moved to America to “live the dream”. Ross has been making movies his entire life, from homemade films on a JVC camera when he was a kid to working his way up to directing his first short. He originally started out an actor but his love for working behind the camera soon overtook his desire to be in front of it. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
I’m so happy to have this project completed after months of hard work. I loved directing this female driven comedy and feel really lucky we were able to have a cast and crew that was majority women. It was something Hannah and I made our number one priority during pre production. Women, specifically women of color, are underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera and anything we can do to work against that is a win.
With almost no budget, we were able to shoot and edit our first short film within 5 months. We faced challenges every step of the way but it’s also one of the most fun projects I’ve ever gotten to work on.
I’d like to thank all the cast and crew who gave up their time and energy to make this dream come true. I’d like to thank my wife, writer and actress, Hannah Suria. I’m so lucky to have you as my partner in life and in work.
Lastly, I’d just like to say we hope you enjoy the film. I think the story rings true on several levels and hopefully you find yourself able to relate to Anita and her journey.
Jon Glassberg is an adventure filmmaker and photographer born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia and transplanted to Boulder, Colorado where he owns and operates Louder Than Eleven, a production company that focuses on film and photo work in the outdoor industry. Jon has been directing and shooting video since 2008 with a wide variety of projects under his belt and clients ranging from The North Face to Marmot to Black Diamond.
Jon is a passionate climber and he finds inspiration in adventure and suffering in challenging environments with passionate individuals around the world.
Louder Than Eleven and crew set out to create a piece on the current state of adventure film. The intention was to design a mockumentary about pushing your limits, friendship, and adventure in Colorado. At some point, the film became real life and before we even knew what happened, we were documenting a truly inspirational, 400 mile scooter journey from Boulder to Aspen, Colorado.
Daeryun Chang (aka Dae Ryun Chang) first received exposure to filmmaking while attending a film camp at the New York Film Academy. There he wrote and directed a short called “Ol’ Reliable” starring Mukul Chadda, now an established stage actor in India. Having degrees from UBC, Columbia and Harvard, he has spent his entire professional life as an academic and is currently a professor at Yonsei University where he teaches marketing and advertising. For his courses he has produced documentaries such as “Distribution in Korea” and “Eating and Health in Argentina.” He wrote the story and directed a short “I, Profess” that was an official selection at KOSMA Film Festival in 2014, and an official selection at #TOFF for December 2015. His second short, “Call Coho” has received monthly selections at ROMA CinemaDOC (December) and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festitval Awards (December) where it received the Best Foreign Short Award. He also teaches a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the world’s largest platform Coursera called “International Marketing in Asia.” He can be followed on Twitter at @daeryun.
This movie was inspired by the tragic Sewol Ferry accident that resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent victims, many of whom were teenagers. In Korea’s rush to economic success we have lost sight of the core values that have made Koreans work hard such as caring for family and other people. Materialism has never been one of Korea’s cherished virtues. My hope is that viewers in other countries can understand that economic progress should never outweigh mutual respect or personal integrity.