Tue, Sep 29 | United States

Pick Up

(USA - 2020- 10 minutes) Horror, Fantasy Appears in short film collection - ASSORTED FLAVORS 4
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Pick Up

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2020, 5:00 PM PDT
United States

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A recently widowed woman returns from a date to discover that someone's broken into her home.

Director Biography - Andrew Gerson

Andrew Gerson is a writer/director from the Bay Area who loves to explore characters' traumas and moral dilemmas through the genres of horror and sci-fi. Andrew graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics, before starting his career in literary management. It was in this job that Andrew realized he wanted to tell his own stories through the lens of film, leading to the writing and production of Pick Up. He currently works as a screenwriting consultant for Final Draft and Roadmap Writers. Andrew’s upcoming short film is a surrealist portrait of grief that involves family, surfing, and talking cows.

Director Statement

In 2017, my mom passed away from late-stage melanoma. It wasn't sudden; her death was a draining, weeks-long process that my family had been preparing for since her diagnosis a year prior. At the end of the ordeal, there was an unexpected sense of relief.

It was over. We could rest and recover. Move on.

When my co-writer/great friend Stone showed me the original concept for Pick Up, I immediately found myself drawn to Maria's story and her struggle to move on from her past. There was a lingering question in that early version of the script, though: what about Maria’s past was actually haunting her? With the wounds of 2017 still fresh in my mind, I convinced Stone I had the answer -- Maria’s loss was following her. And just like me, Maria would finally let go of her painful past by the film’s end.

Months later, as we neared picture lock on Pick Up, I realized the ending I envisioned wasn’t working. It didn't ring true to Maria’s character — it felt insincere, dishonest even. After taking some time to reflect, the problem became clear. Maria can’t just “move on”. Her memories can become less painful, but they’ll always be with her. Watching the new ending for the first time, I realized the same was true for myself.

  • Andrew Gerson Director
  • Tevy Poe Key Cast“Maria”
  • Thomas Varga Key Cast“Patrick”
  • Stone Frankle Writer
  • Andrew Gerson Writer
  • Andrew Gerson Producer
  • Stone Frankle Producer
  • Bill Gerson Executive Producer
  • Kevin Smithers Music/Score
  • Anderson Collins Director of Photography
  • Ryan Alva Director of Photography
  • Andrew Schemerhorn 1st Assistant Camera
  • Rajiv Shah 1st Assistant Director
  • Wren Martyn Sound Mixer
  • Alex Kennison Gaffer
  • Natalya Rahmann Casting Director
  • Kaleigh Morrison Production Designer
  • Cait Willson Set Dresser
  • Jessie Gaston Hair & Makeup

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Time & Location

Oct 25, 2017 at 9:00pm - 10:30pm PDT

New People, 1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA

About The Event

Ted Geoghegan 2017, USA, 91 mins

The War of 1812 has revived violent hostilities between the British and their erstwhile American colonial subjects. The powerful Mohawk nation of the New York region is divided as to whom they should stand by, and so they maintain a position of neutrality. They want no part in the killing – but the killing is coming to them. An impulsive attack on an American encampment has drawn the vengeful attentions of a ragged band of American military renegades, led by the vicious, racist Hezekiah Holt. Oak, Calvin, and their British lover Joshua flee into the woods so familiar to them, but the murderous musketeers on their trail will not be deterred. Not without the spilling of blood.