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The Consequences of Secretly Living in Your Mom’s House in ‘Homebody’

After losing her job, friends, and apartment, Jessie moves home with her mom, Lisa--the only thing is, Lisa doesn't know she's there.

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Logline: After losing her job, friends, and apartment, Jessie moves home with her mom, Lisa–the only thing is, Lisa doesn’t know she’s there.

Elevator Pitch:
Jessie, a 29 year old failure, is out of money, friends, and work. She’s too embarrassed to ask her mom to move home, but doesn’t have any other option so she does it in secrecy. Jessie spends her days masturbating and smoking weed and her nights moving stealthily from closet to closet, hiding from her mom and her recent series of failures. Through the slats of the closet doors, she gains access and insight into her mother’s life, and comes to realize that she’s not the only one who needs help.

Production Team:

Writer/Director: Jake Fallon

Jake Fallon graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Bachelors degree in Film Studies and English Literature. In 2015 he finished in the top five of the Final Draft Big Break Competition with his science fiction screenplay “Evergreen,” a film about the last two people on the planet and the Earth-shattering discovery of a newborn. “Vigilantes,” his comedy pilot script about two brothers who masquerade as super heroes that accidentally murder a member of a dangerous gang, scored high marks in the Austin Film Festival. This is his directorial debut, as long as you don’t count his Amazing Race audition video.

Executive Producer: Spencer T. Folmar

Spencer T. Folmar graduated from Grove City College in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in Communications Studies. He then went on to study at the New York Film Academy and earned a certificate in filmmaking, then attended two master classes in editing and cinematography from Oscar winning and nominated professors at Maine Media Workshop. He earned a Masters in Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary, and was an MFA candidate for Film at NYU Tisch school of the arts. He started his own independent film company, SpenceTF Productions LLC in 2005 and has made two feature films including, “Guilt and Sentence” (2010) which won Excellence in Filmmaking and Best Screenplay at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.

Cinematographer: Benji Dell

Benjamin Dell holds a Masters in Cinematography from the American Film Institute (AFI). He has lensed music videos, commercials, and several shorts, including “Zug” (2013, a Student Academy Award Winner) and most recently the short film “Hala” with director Minhal Baig. He shot a feature with the Butcher Brothers and a pilot for the Discovery Channel. He has also served as a second unit DP on several films, including “Holy Ghost People,” a SXSW selection. He has been involved in ad campaigns for Ashworth, Sketchers, Nike, and Mountain Dew. He most recently completed his MFA masters thesis film, “Grill Dog” (2015).

Producer: Minhal Baig

Minhal Baig graduated from Yale in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. In 2015, she wrote and directed her feature-length directorial debut, “One Night,” a romantic dramedy about two couples reconnecting over the course of one night at a hotel. Most recently, she wrote & directed “Hala,” a short film about a Muslim American teenager reconciling sexual desire with family expectations.

About the Film:
Early in my career, there was a point when I was living on credit, had no job, and lacked the mental fortitude to handle the pressure. Countless articles told me my generation was lazy and entitled when I think that we’re just harder on ourselves than anyone who’s come before. We expect immediacy, but when we don’t get it we consider ourselves as failures. When I struggled, all I wanted was go to my parents’ house and let them coddle me until I felt ready to go back out in to the world. In “Homebody,” Jessie does exactly that.

Current Status: We’re in fundraising and pre production.

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