A story about a stolen story.
Most of her brilliant ideas end up in the bathroom trash, deleted, or left unfinished all thanks to her wonky computer that crashes at the most inconvenient times. Struggling writer, HER, tosses out a story that gets turned into a published successful piece of work-not by HER. Frustrated and jealous, HER, heads to a local coffee shop for a for a change of scenery to work where she sees some unexpected familiar faces…
-16 minutes 22 seconds, USA, 2018-
Cast & Crew
Writer, Director, Producer, Lead Actress - Her
Ashley Shelton got her start by starring in the critically-acclaimed Something, Anything (2015 NYT Critics' Pick, The Dissolve's "Essential Viewing"). Something, Anything premiered at film festivals (Edinburgh, BAMcinemaFest, Sarasota, and Wisconsin, among others) before being released commercially in NYC (via IFP Screen Forward) and on major digital platforms in the USA and UK through Sundance #ArtistServices and IFP. She also was featured on 2015 IndieWire's year end critics poll best lead actress list. She has also appeared in numerous films, on television, and on stage. She loves taking portraits, writing, football, baseball, learning to pitch like Brian Wilson, watching movies (in the theater preferably with popcorn), and her 12 year old chorkie, April. A graduate in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Shelton resides in Tennessee and is passionate about telling stories from the heart. Her future goals include bringing to life her stories that give light to social issues and connecting with people through cinema. For a lot of her life movies were her best friends, she continues to work in film to be that for others
Producer, Lead actor - Him
Linds Edwards first appeared in the Oscar winning film GET LOW alongside Bill Murray, and Robert Duvall. This amazing first propelled him into television where he appeared in the first episode of THE WALKING DEAD, Sundance TV critically acclaimed show RECTIFY, the hit show NASHVILLE, and many more. Most recently he was cast as Jake Voss in Fox TV’s LETHAL WEAPON. With appearing in numerous award winning movies and television he found a passion for production and story telling. His future goals are telling his own stories and bringing change to the world through them. He resides in Tennessee with his wife, actress and writer Ashley Shelton. And loves riding his cafe racer on Sundays.
Steven Wesley Miller
Steven Wesley Miller is an award-winning television and film director with a desire to align creative vision with a taste of classic storytelling. His portfolio includes national television crime series "Fatal Attraction" on the TVONE network, and "Bill Cosby: AnAmerican Scandal" on the Discovery ID network. His last film project "Shadowland" took the independent spirit award at the Nashville Film Festival and Best Tennessee Film at the Knoxville Film Festival.
Matt Caldwell is a freelance Camera Operator and Cinematographer based in the Knoxville, TN area. He has produced content for companies such as Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and ML Sound, as well as music videos, and short films. His films have screened in festivals in Knoxville, Nashville, and London. Matt currently teaches Video Production as an Adjunct Instructor at Pellissippi State and works as the Director of Photography for The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra.
I'm April. I'm a Chorkie. That's a Yorkie mixed with a Chihuahua. I didn't choose the acting life the acting life choose me. I am self taught. I really didn’t like being in this movie at first but then all the attention really made me happy, so I like it now. I like treats, sleeping, and the outside. I hope you love my performance, I do.
The Rest of The Team
Executive Produced by
Also Produced by
I started acting when I was very young, and a love for movies developed even younger. I moved to New York, after graduating college with a theatre degree, and knew I wanted to tell stories. The film Something, Anything (2015 NYT Critics' Pick, The Dissolve's "Essential Viewing”) gave me my start and I was blessed enough to film part of it in my hometown. Something, Anything premiered at film festivals (Edinburgh, BAMcinemaFest, Sarasota, and Wisconsin, among others) before being released commercially in NYC (via IFP Screen Forward) and on major digital platforms in the USA and UK through Sundance #ArtistServices and IFP. Through that experience and with my future cinematic endeavors I developed a love for behind the camera. I knew I had stories to tell and through acting I gained enough experience to write and direct my first short. Lack of meaningful work coming my way also propelled me into screenwriting and directing. I am self taught but I thrive and communicate through film. It is how I share my heart with people.
"I had an idea"
Movies are like Photographs to me. Glimpses of time, people, feelings, and emotional currents. Just like a photograph, movies capture a time and a place for me. I look back at all my past projects and I can remember where I was and what chapter of life I was in. That's partly why I love them so much, they are like my photo albums full of memories and expectations, captured in a story.
Magnolia & Clementine speaks of the magic of everything having a purpose, and everyone their own specific destinies. This film script was birthed out of a broken heart, a snapshot in time I will never forget. And out of that brokenness came this beautiful story of a woman finding her power again.
God, movies, and my imagination were all I had for a lot of my life. Movies were how I escaped. I traveled through them when I didn't have money to travel. I laughed with them when my heart was broken. And I experienced things with them when all my hope was lost. It's a privilege to do what I do, and to possibly take someone, who is just like me, on a journey. And through the journey of that story-emotionally connect. Connect with people, let them identify with a character or a circumstance. And leave my audience not feeling so alone in this weird world. I want whoever is watching Magnolia and Clementine, or any film of mine, to connect with me. I want to let them know hope is real and powerful. And even when you feel like a failure and an outsider there will be grace in the oddest of places to bring you back.
Very few things come from the heart these days so, I hope you enjoy this piece of my heart.
Film & Production Stills
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