Clarissa King has two dreams. One is an aspiration to become a successful film actress. To nail the audition she has lined up, get that callback and pack her bags for L.A. To leave her dysfunctional family and unreliable boyfriend behind and head for the hills...The Hollywood Hills. This dream occupies most of her waking thoughts. The other dream comes in the night. It plagues her sleep. It is a terrifying nightmare that feels all too real.
Do these two dreams go hand in hand? Is the stress of her current life bringing on the nightmares? Will success in the film industry make them go away? Or are the dreams at odds with one another? Are her nightmares trying to warn her against the very move she thinks will cure them?
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About This Production
EXT. LIFE is an allegoric tale of a young aspiring actress at a troubling crossroads in her life. The film blends stark, realistic drama with scenes of the otherworldly to create a dark coming of age story with surrealist undertones. Elements of the story were extracted from an as of yet unproduced feature screenplay by Kevin Kolsch tentatively titled, "The Stairs To Nowheres." However, being crafted into its own film, EXT. LIFE took on a life of its own and is now Part 1 of a planned series of short films chronicling the life and career of aspiring actress Clarissa King.
The 28 minute short film is written and directed by Kevn Kolsch, produced by Dennis Widmyer, and shot by Parker Cross. It stars Meghan Miller, Brian James Fitzpatrick, Amanda Donelan and Damian Maffei. It was shot on Long Island in Westbury, NY in June of 2008 and is currently being entered into the festival circuit. Stay tuned to this page for updates on the film.