The Escort

The Escort begins as a story of two 20-somethings using one another for professional gain. Mitch, a sex-obsessed journalist, convinces Natalie, a Stanford-educated prostitute, to allow him to follow her around for an exposé he’s writing for a magazine. While initially hesitant to allow him into her life, Natalie eventually sees an upside for herself and (unbeknownst to Mitch) starts using him as a bodyguard to protect her from the assorted personalities she deals with on a nightly basis. What starts out as just business soon develops into a strong friendship, as the two discover their lives are more fulfilled together. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]

Cold Turkey

Thanksgiving get-together for the eccentric Turner clan, presided over by eminent scholar and patriarch, POPPY, turns into a train wreck when “insane” daughter NINA pays her first visit home for 15 years. Nina immediately clashes with stepmother, DEBORAH, and soon locks horns with her sibling LINDSAY, ultimately spilling a secret from Lindsay’s past that will wreck her marriage. Meanwhile, Nina’s half-brother, JACOB, owes $160,000 to a loan shark who threatens to kill Jacob’s girlfriend MISSY unless he ponies up. All of the kids need money, fast, but Poppy has his own bad news to share…