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Project of the Day: Dating a Sugar Daddy To Pay for Student Loans

Project of the Day: Dating a Sugar Daddy To Pay for Student Loans

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Would you date a Sugar Daddy to pay off your student loans?

Elevator Pitch:

JESSICA works two jobs. What little spare time she has is spent dropping off resumes at law firms. But, it’s not enough to keep up with payments on $100,000 of student loan debt. When she goes into default, she’s forced to find another source of income and finds her solution in a “sugar daddy” dating site where she meets HENRY, wealthy and retired.

But what’s supposed to be a stop-gap until she gets a law job, becomes complicated when she falls for the more age-appropriate Andrew and the line between arrangement and relationship starts to blur for Henry.

Production Team:
V. Prasad, Director, has his MFA in Screenwriting from American Film Institute and is a member of WGA-West. He was an IFP/West Project:Involve Fellow in 2000. He teaches screenwriting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Notable Credits:
-Ocean of Pearls (2007), Screenwriter – part of Film Independent Screenwriter’s Lab (2006) , Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (2008), Miami International Film Festival (2008), among others.
-Bhakti (2002), Director – International Film Festival, Mumbai, India (2003), San Diego Asian Film Festival (2003), Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (2003), among others.

Barbara Twist, Producer, works for the Art House Convergence, an organization for community-based, mission-driven cinemas, and the Michigan Theater, a nationally-recognized art house cinema in Ann Arbor, MI. Barbara has directed several short films including SHARK TANK, which premiered at the 2011 Traverse City Film Festival. She is a member of Women In Film – Los Angeles, and Consideration was a finalist for the 2013 WIF Film Finishing Fund.

James Graessle, Co-Producer, is a Michigan Emmy award winning television writer and producer based in Southeast Michigan. Currently, James produces weekly and semi-weekly programming for Detroit Public Television and Fox Sports Detroit. He won the 2010 Benedek Prize in television writing, and is a four time Michigan Emmy award nominee. 

Alan Torres, Director of Photography, is a 2013 Project:Involve Fellow, and is based in Los Angeles and Mexico. He served as the Director of Photography on the short film DUVID, which premiered at the 2012 Traverse City Film Festival. 

About the Production:

“The forces around Jessica, and young people like her, have created an “employer’s market.” Her debt removes any leverage she would have as a young, intelligent and hard-working woman. It makes her a beggar, not a chooser. And whatever job she does take will likely only pay her enough to pick away at her $100,000 loan tab. She’s made to feel beholden. Both in her professional life and to the wealthy man she’s dating. Rather than judge her decisions, the film looks at the reality of her situation and the steps she takes to gain control over her life.” — Barbara Twist

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