Director: Lauren Hoekstra
Producer: Gerren Crochet, James Franco
Writer: Teresa Sullivan
Cinematographer: Ivan Rodrigues
Editor: Lauren Hoekstra
Synopsis: A young woman who has peopled her world with imaginary gods and deities boards her usual bus to work, only to find the gods have commandeered it and are taking her back to the day she stopped living in reality.
Screening Time: 6:15 pm
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Web Site: http://shemakesfilms.com/citybus
LAUREN HOEKSTRA – Director
Lauren is currently winding up an interactive first-person video, 'His-Her', starring celebrity photographer Tyler Shields ('Final Girl'). This high-octane fashion shoot - filmed on the hood of a moving car in the Mojave Desert - lets the viewer switch between Tyler and his model's perspective.
At the same time, Lauren is developing 'Dacoit', a Sundance Lab finalist project, and 'Moon', a film for James Franco’s production company, starring Rashida Jones. This is her second collaboration with James Franco. Previously she directed 'City Bus' for his Boswell anthology, 'Heyday Of The Insensitive Bastards'. 'City Bus' recently won the Best Narrative Short award at the Los Angeles International Underground film festival while 'Heyday' appeared on Indiewire's wish list for Sundance.
Other work highlights include her credit as Second Unit Director on Catherine Hardwicke's feature film 'Plush' and being shortlisted as a director for Lionsgates' upcoming 'Twilight' web series.
GERREN CROCHET - Producer
Gerren grew up in Boulder, Colorado and started his first business at the age of 10. He went on to Stanford University where he was a two-sport standout: a Wide Receiver and team leader in football, and nationally ranked hurdler and sprinter on the Track & Field team. After a brief stint in the NFL, Gerren went to work in capital markets and trading, investment banking, management consulting, and intellectual property business strategy, which provided a strong analytic foundation. Gerren produced an NYC crime thriller called Red Butterfly which premiered at St. Louis International Film Festival 2014, and during production was able to temporarily shut down Times Square. Gerren Produced the campus horror film U.Z.L.A. Gerren received an MFA from the UCLA Producers Program, during which time he was awarded the Andrew J. Kuehn, Jr. Marketing Fellowship and produced a film with James Franco. Since coming to Hollywood, Gerren has worked with companies such as Bona Fide Productions (Little Miss Sunshine, Election, Cold Mountain), Captivate Entertainment (The Bourne Identity franchise), Participant Media (Lincoln, An Inconvenient Truth, The Help). Gerren is being advised by Scott Stuber, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, Joe Cohen, Barbara Boyle, and Teri Schwartz.
AHNA O’REILLY - Lead
Ahna O'Reilly was born on February 17, 1985. She is an American actress best known for her supporting role as Elizabeth Leefolt in the 2011 award-winning drama film The Help. The film received positive reviews and was a box office success. It also won several ensemble awards including Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble.
O'Reilly's also co-starred in Fruitvale Station, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and in the 2013 film Jobs, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, about the life of technology pioneer Steve Jobs.
TYLER NEITZEL – Supporting
Tyler Neitzel is an American actor. He played the role of Young King Leonidas in the Warner Brothers blockbuster film 300. He appears in the 2 hour special (2010) of Brothers & Sisters (ABC) episode: 'Time After Time' as Young Aaron.
Recent feature films include Reconciliation, Freeway Killer and Signal Lost.
IVAN RODRIGUES - Cinematographer
Three years after receiving his BA from Brazil’s top college, Ivan, had crewed on numerous commercials and TV shows and shot over a dozen short films. In 2010, he was admitted to both AFI and UCLA’s cinematography programs which he recently graduated from. Since 2010 he shot numerous projects like a feature film for Director Chris Schwanitz, a TV pilot with Rod Holcomb, a web-series and recently a short film produced by James Franco and RBP, for which he was nominated by UCLA for the ASC Student Heritage Award. Ivan is currently in pre production on his third feature film, The Wild Ones, written and directed by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields.
DOUG TURNER – First Assistant Director
Doug grew up on Catalina Island, California. He started working in reality TV (Great Pretenders on Fox Family Channel) and later transitioned to commercials and feature films. Over the course of his 15 years of experience he's worked with a wide array of talented producers, directors and actors. Some of the most recent collaborations include James Franco, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Kimmel, Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza, David Mamet and Smokey Robinson.