Jessica Erin Martin reached out to us to tell us about their project Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert. Once I watched their pitch reel I was hooked! This story is a hilarious look of two women helping each other through horrific situations. Jessica was awesome and did and interview with us to tell us more!!
L21L: You guys are hilarious!! I love the promo video! How did this story come about?
JM: It came from a scene that Ashley (Abby) and I did, and was actually going to be a different story all together. But that project was a little too large in scope, so I kept the relationship between our characters and the sc-fi aspect, added some comedy, and made it into a feature film. It’s really a story about the power of women helping other women.
L21L: Tell us a little about yourselves!
JM: Absolutely! We’re a group of actors who are also filmmakers. You may have seen us in The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds, Grimm, The Last Ship, Bonnie and Clyde, Dallas, Starstruck, Z Nation, and a variety of other shows and films.
L21L: When and where can we see this movie?
JM: We are hoping to have our festival premiere in early 2018, so you will have to wait a little bit to see it. After our festival run, we will be putting it online to rent/buy/stream. In the meantime, you can follow us on Seed&Spark to stay updated on our happenings.
L21L: Are you hitting the film circuit?
JM: That’s the plan. Right now we’re focusing on making the movie. Once it’s completed, we’ll make a list of the festivals we think would be best suited for the film. Then fingers crossed we’ll be accepted!
L21L: Your film deals with two very serious topics, but in a comical way. Are you hoping to shed light on these issues?
JM:You nailed it. Often times, we can be more honest in comedy than we can with drama.
The film will be primarily humorous, but have some more serious scenes. Though the story and the action will be comical, all of the motivations are coming from a much darker place.
L21L: Here at lost21losers we are huge on the anti-bullying issue! Have you all had to face adversity and how did you overcome it?
JM: I had an unfortunate experience with a psychologically abusive relationship about ten years ago. What got me through it was my best friend. Which is one of my inspirations for this film. It was the women in my life that helped me get through that dark time.
L21L: What advice would you give others who are wanting to pursue the same path?
JM: Practically speaking: save a lot of money, and learn how to take care of your physical and mental health. A creative career is a long and sometimes punishing one, so know how to take care of yourself.
Aside from that, take classes. Get to be really good at what you do. And be open to meeting people. You never know what great connections can me made, or collaborators you’ll meet.
And remember that the things that make you different are the things that set you apart. In this town, that’s a really good thing.
L21L: Who are your inspirations?
JM: Helen Mirren. She’s my idol. Her class, confidence, and candor (not to mention her plethora of incredible performances) are a source of constant inspiration.
Another complete badass is Ava Duvernay. Not only are her films amazing, she is sending the elevator back down for other women directors.
L21L: What is your favorite part about the filmmaking process? Writing, acting..ect.
JM: I’ll always be an actor, first and foremost. That is my true passion. I love coming up with ideas, but actually hate sitting down and writing a script. Treatments and shorts are fine, but you won’t see me writing a feature. My favorite part about producing is making a thing happen. Putting the team together. Knowing you put something out into the world that wasn’t there before. And as a director, it’s really about surrounding yourself with the right people and the right cast. I love just letting people do what they are really good at. Someday I’d love to direct something I wasn’t also acting in or producing - it is pretty exhausting to do both!
L21L: What are your favorite movies?
LM: My desert island movies are: Princess Bride, Moulin Rouge, Spirited Away, Casino Royale, and Gone with the Wind. However, my favorite performances are a little different and I wrote about them here. And as a director, I love David Fincher.
L21L: Please give us any links to Instagram, twitter, Facebook, websites, just tell us all the ways we can help you reach your goal and see what’s next!
JM: You guys are the best! You can visit our campaign page here. On the “Story” tab, there are links to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And you can visit my website, www.jessicaerinmartin.com, to view my past films and stay updated on all of my happenings!
The ladies with My Roommate's an Escort have some exciting news! Their webseries launches TODAY! So in celebration here is a follow up interview we did with the shows creators and talent Katie Uhlmann and Trish Rainone! Enjoy and be sure to watch!!
L21L: Where did the idea of My Roommate's an Escort derive from?
K&T: Initially when we started writing together, our series was about dating in the city. However, whenever we met up to work we would just end up swapping roommate and friend stories so we decided to write something that really focusses on the relationship between two women. When you live with other people, whether it be friends, family, or someone you met online, you learn a lot about them- sometimes too much! It can be hard to share your personal space with someone else, and we found comedy in exploring a nightmare roommate situation, where two women have polar opposite values.
L21L: How many episodes do you have planned out so far?
K&T: We have completed eleven episodes, and they are all four to five minutes in duration. Each episode leads into the other and the entire first season is approximately one hour of content.
L21L: Seeing as you are about to release what would you like audiences to know about your series?
We would like audiences to know that the series is formatted for binge watching. We hope our audience consumes the entire show in one go which takes a total of one hour.
It was also very important to us to hire a 50/50 male and female cast to create equal opportunities for men and women.
We also would like audiences to know that this project really wouldn't be possible without an incredible team in front of and behind the camera. We would like to make a special shout out to Joey Nixon at Adrenaline Toronto (Executive Producer), David Carruthers (Executive Producer), Stephanie Baird (Producer), and Julian Adderley (Producer, Editor, Composer).
L21L: Where can we watch My Roommate's an Escort?
K&T: My Roommate's an Escort is available at www.myroommatesanescort.com starting April 3rd, 2017!
L21L: Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Katie Uhlmann (Co-creator, Producer, Director)
Katie Uhlmann is a director, writer, and actor and was born and raised in Trenton, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in drama and psychology, she started pursuing a career in film and moved to Toronto. Katie has acted in countless shows (Workin’ Moms, Just Passing Through, Paranormal Witness), commercials and independent films (Kingdom Come). She is also known for her work as a host on her web show entitled Katie Chats where she completed over 3000 interviews with guests including David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, and Shannon Tweed. Katie has now turned to focusing on creating female character driven content. Her first short film entitled Pyramid Scream is an absurdist comedy about a woman who will go to any length to recruit a new member to her pyramid scheme business. The film has gone to festivals internationally, and won several awards including The Festival Director Award at the Toronto Independent Film Festival.
Trish Rainone (Co-creator, Producer)
Trish Rainone is an actress, writer and producer from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from Laurentian University.She moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film a few years ago after appearing as a Sunshine Girl in the Trailer Park Boys’ film Swearnet: The Movie, directed by Warren P. Sonoda. Trish was inspired to study film following her part in Swearnet. She has appeared in several commercials, short films and feature films since, including The Void, Brother(s), and Constance. Following earning a series of acting roles and with a desire to create, Trish began writing and producing. Her first short film, Constance, had a successful film festival run, earning her a Best Actress Award at the Horrorizon Film Festival. Trish met Katie Uhlmann in January of 2016 and they began writing together immediately.
L21L: What is your favorite part of filmmaking and why?
Katie: Directing is my favorite part of the process. It's so interesting to work on all of the different components telling the story. It's also great to get to collaborate with all of the other departments to really bring the vision to life.
Trish: I like to act and be a part of the creative team, as a writer and producer, because you really feel a great sense of accomplishment. You get to enjoy the entire journey from conception to filming to post-production and marketing. Watching the edited version that you share with viewers feels so special. You realize how much hard-work went into the project from start to finish from everyone involved and really feel like it's your baby.
L21L: What advice would you give to others following in your footsteps?
Write and produce your own work. Don't wait for somebody else to give you a job- it could take years or might never happen. The sooner you take control and start to work hard and make your own content, the better.
L21L: Have you ever had to overcome adversity to get to where you are today and how did you overcome it?
K&T: Sometimes as a young woman people don't take you seriously. Hard work definitely helps us overcome this particular obstacle.
L21L: Who are your influences?
K&T: Our influences are Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Kristen Wiig, and Amy Schumer.
L21L: What are your favorite TV series?
K&T; Seinfeld, Schitts Creek, Love
L21L: What are your favorite movies?
K&T: Bridesmaids, Home Alone, Mean Girls
Thank you both for this interview and we wish you the best of luck on your launch!!