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‘Cleaner Daze’ Offers an Immersive Window Into Recovery

"Our cast is stellar and our larger mission has an unstoppable force behind it."

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Cleaner Daze

Logline: “Cleaner Daze” follows Jasmine, a newbie drug rehab counselor and her eccentric co-workers as they struggle to wrangle a misfit crew of teenage drug addicts.

Elevator Pitch:

“Cleaner Daze” follows Jasmine, the new counselor, as she fumbles her way through her first job in a rehab. It’s her first time in rehab as an employee rather than a client. The teens in treatment are a misfit crew. They are pissed-off, horny, and devious. From snorting drywall and chugging mouthwash to broom closet hook-ups and petty theft, there’s a lot of sneaky extra-curricular activity going down. “Cleaner Daze” is a “transmedia” show which combines traditional narrative with virtual reality. Dive down the rabbit hole and join the teens in rehab. It’s a thrill ride.

Production Team:


Tess Sweet is an award-winning writer/director with a penchant for female-centric stories and dark comedy. In 2011, Tess graduated with an MFA from UCLA’s prestigous film and television directing program where she received the esteemed Jim Morrison Film Award and the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Student Director Award. Upon graduating from UCLA, Tess moved to Santa Cruz where she started a visual storytelling program for At-risk youth. Tess currently lives in Santa Cruz, works as a freelance director and editor, and works ongoing with At-Risk youth in Alternative Education.


Cheryl Isaacson is a multi-hyphenate filmmaker and seasoned producer, who pursues well-crafted, female driven stories with nuanced characters. Her latest short film, The Fetch, is a micro thriller set in a world ruled by water scarcity. As founder of Lincoln Street Studios, her award-winning creative agency, Cheryl writes, produces and directs branded content for clients like the Google Self-driving Car Project, Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider and Plantronics.

About the Film:

My name is Tess Sweet. I’m a writer, director and I’m also a recovering addict. This story is very dear to my heart. “Cleaner Daze” is about the complex layers of addiction. We don’t sugar-coat it or pretend to solve it. We shine a light on the reality of living with it. Many of our cast members have life experience with addiction which brings palpable authenticity to the story. Our cast is stellar and our larger mission has an unstoppable force behind it. The magic of Recovery.

Current Status: We are part of the crowdfunding rally on Seed&Spark.

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