Director’s Statement, Walter Brandes
Producer’s Statement, Christine Verleny
I never expected to produce another short film but the universe had other ideas.
Years ago, I co-produced a short film called Caught in Time that made its way into the Berlin Film Festival and several other festivals. Shortly after, I decided I only wanted to act. I wanted to show up on set and work and not be responsible for anything else.
Over a year ago, I missed out on an acting gig due to scheduling conflicts and like any good actor, I imagined it was the end of the world. I pouted around the house. I might have cried a few tears. In an attempt to soothe me, my husband said, “I’ll write a film for you.” My response, “Whatever.” It wasn’t long before Walter Brandes, (husband/co-producer/writer/director of KILL AL) handed me an amazing script.
It was easy to be enthusiastic about KILL AL. The main storyline is so important. Produced as the #metoo movement was coming to light, the Femtels in KILL AL are an allegory for the silent victims of sexual harassment and abuse. KILL AL also addresses how many in the US, and around the world, view immigrants and those deemed less worthy. Of course, the Femtels take their revenge to an extreme.
As a team, Walter and I managed to band together an amazing cast and crew that made everything fall into place with a minimum amount of nail biting. We are so proud of our final product.
The producing bug is alive once more. In the last year, in addition to KILL AL I have been an Associate Producer on 3 other short films: Cut, Don’t Cut, Panic at the Pole, and Sirens’ Song and a Co-Producer on Legit.
I guess the things you are meant to do have a way of finding you.
Key Cast Members
AMANDA BROOKE LERNER (Femtel 303)
FILM: Batsh*t Bride, KILL AL, 39 ½, Sasha, Blood Allegiance, Murt Ramirez, The House on Cox Curve, Everybody Loves Dick, Winner Best Actress at LIIFFE for The Cartographer. TELEVISION: HBO, NAT GEO, A+E, Discovery ID, Lifetime. OLGA in the popular Optimum: The Unmovers Spots. WEB SERIES: Damage Control, Grosse Misconduct. REGIONAL THEATRE: Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Beatrice in The Effect of Gamma Rays. TRAINING: B.F.A. Acting Rutgers, Currently studying with Larry Moss.
CHRISTINE VERLENY (Co-Producer/Femtel 216)
Credits include: FILMS: KILL AL, Legit, If Only, Cut, Don’t Cut, Siren’s Song, Panic at the Pole, Aperture. WEB SERIES: Momtress, Downward Dog. THEATER: Composure, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution, Keep on Truckin’ – It’s War (nominated best actress), Moonlight and Love Songs, Crazy for the Dog, Verona Walls, The Winter’s Tale, The Mentee, Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief. TRAINING: The William Esper Studio (Barbara Marchant), Curt Dempster’s City Lab, Actor’s Green Room, BFA Ohio State U.
RENÉE STORK (Co-Director/Allison)
Credits include: FILMS: The Cartographer (Producer/Director), Uber Oracle (Writer/Director), The Smurfs, The Spotter, The Terrible One, In Broad Daylight, Lost and Found, The Hardest Part, First Impressions, Traction. TELEVISION: A Miraculous Year directed by Kathryn Bigelow, EAST. BROADWAY: Jerome Robbins Broadway. NY THEATER: Separate Tables. REGIONAL: West Side Story, City of Angels. TRAINING: North Carolina School of the Arts, UBB, Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, Bob Krakower.
WEBSITES: www.reneestorkfilmmaker.com & www.ReneeStork.com