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High School Resiliency and Acceptance in Teen Fencing Feature ‘En Garde!’

Klutzy Dee Dee struggles to walk without tripping in a family filled with uber-athletes. She stumbles onto the high school fencing team filled with misfits, where she discovers friends, a new crush, and herself.

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En Garde!

Logline: Klutzy Dee Dee struggles to walk without tripping in a family filled with uber-athletes. She stumbles onto the high school fencing team filled with misfits, where she discovers friends, a new crush, and herself.

Elevator Pitch:

Dee Dee is an all-around average teenager, but in this family, average is below average. Dee Dee searches to find that one thing that defines her. After suffering school-wide humiliation, Dee Dee stumbles upon the girls’ fencing team, a group of misfits playing a sport so underfunded that they’re forced to practice in the parking lot. Dee Dee’s found her passion. If only the team’s captain wasn’t her lifelong nemesis. Oh, and if only her dad considered fencing an actual sport.

Production Team:

Backer – Hollywood Legend, Garry Marshall
“Pretty Woman,” “Princess Diaries,” “Mother’s Day” (Director)

Writer/Director/Producer – Karolyn Szot
“Shushybye Baby” – TV Series on NETFLIX and BabyfirstTV (Director)
“The Dreamsters” – Comcast VOD, KCET (Director)

Writer/Producer – Kimberly Arnold
“Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve,” “Mother’s Day” (asst. to Director)

Producer – Greg Wilson
“Mother’s Day” – Associate Producer
“Grande Drip”, “Knight to D7,” and “Drink” (shorts) (Producer)

Lead Actress – Jessi Case
“Mother’s Day” (Lead)

Cinematographer – Jonathan Michael Mahoney
“This Brute Land Virginia” (Cinematographer)
“Holy Land,” executive produced by James Franco (Cinematographer)

About the Film:

“En Garde!” is the first ever teen fencing movie, not to mention one of the first movies to ever delve into the real sport of fencing. Co-Writer/Director Karolyn Szot grew up a competitive fencer and has always been passionate about the sport. Partnering with Co-Writer/Producer Kimberly Arnold, they hope to show people the world of fencing, seen through the eyes of a high school girl. Fencing is an Olympic sport, but many people have not yet discovered why it is so special. En Garde! is funny, filled with quirky characters, and a movie the whole family can watch together.

Current Status: Fundraising for proof of concept short.

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