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  • British-Columbia
  • 10 minutes 0 seconds
  • David I Strasser
  • Starring Will Kemp, Jesse Platt, Samantha Hum, and Tavis Morton
  • Drama

Runaway bandits, Lara and Charlie, are taken in by a cult-like family, only to be exploited by its charismatic leader. During an ill-fated bank heist, the duo kidnaps a stranger. The unlikely trio are now forced to unite in order to save themselves.



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Logline

A chaotic coming-of-age tragedy: Three banks; Three days; Three bandits.

Synopsis

Runaway teenagers, Lara and Charlie Morgan, travel across the B.C. Coastal Mountains on a chaotic and drug-fuelled bank robbing spree. Taken in by a cult-like family, they become indebted to it's charismatic leader, Bishop Donovan, a counter-culture crusader turned crime lord. Meanwhile, Andrew Boone, a disgraced rookie police officer, having lost his fiancee and his career, finds himself face-to-face with the bandits in a serendipitous collision of worlds. With no other options, the three are forced to unite together to free themselves from Donovan's grip: three banks; three days; three bandits. Will Kemp (Van Helsing, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce) has been cast to play Donovan Bishop.


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Created By

David I Strasser
David I Strasser
British-Columbia

Drama
Adults
10 minutes
$10,000

Team

We are a group of passionate independent filmmakers that have worked closely together over the last year to deliver dynamic a collection of short films, music videos, and webisodes. Most recently, our team completed its first indie feature film.

David I Strasser

David I Strasser
British-Columbia

Project Lead, Director, Writer, Music Video Filmmaker Lead

Chris Mahoney

Chris Mahoney
British-Columbia

Editor, Motion Graphics

Jesse Platt

Jesse Platt
British-Columbia

Writer, Actor

Sae Runge

Sae Runge
British-Columbia

Production Manager

Levi Garcia

Levi Garcia
British-Columbia

Production Design

Tia Nanda

Tia Nanda
British-Columbia

Camera Operator, Lighting, Electrical

Galen Wilson

Galen Wilson
British-Columbia

Camera Operator, Lighting

Simon Ryder

Simon Ryder
British-Columbia

Camera Operator, Lighting, Electrical

Raivo Kruze

Raivo Kruze
British-Columbia

Lighting

Matthew Cameron

Matthew Cameron
British-Columbia

Sound Engineer

Jessica Randall

Jessica Randall
British-Columbia

Producer, Social Media Strategist

Character Breakdowns

Charlie Morgan, Runaway Bandit

Charlie Morgan, Runaway Bandit

Starring Jesse Platt (Motive, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, raw*) . Charlie Morgan is a dying cosmic star at the moment before it goes supernova. He is uninhibited, unbridled, and violent without caution. His troubled youth, including the death of his mother, the abuse of his alcoholic father, and the scars of foster care, have driven Charlie to take charge of he and his sister fate. He clings to his sister's love and affection, which is the only stability in his fractured life. In Charlie's reckless pursuit of independence, he accidentally binds Lara and himself to a dangerous cult leader.

Andrew Boone, The Third Bandit

Andrew Boone, The Third Bandit

Casting Pending. Andrew Boone is your prototypical boy scout: noble, kind, even tempered, and hard working. A star rookie with the police force, a life-long dream of his, Boone has one tragic flaw, a secret heroin addiction that leads to a disgraceful discharge from service, and the tragic death of his fiancee. Boone spirals into depression and deeper addiction, ultimately resorting to an adrenalin fuelled crime spree. His thrill seeking leads him to rob a bank, were his world collides with our bank robbing bandit duo. Trapped into the bandit's world, he and Lara build an unusual friendship.

Lara Morgan, Runaway Bandit

Lara Morgan, Runaway Bandit

Casting Pending. Lara Morgan is the "yin" to her brother's "yang:" feminine, strong, ruthless, yet soft and nurturing. Having lost her mother to terminal illness, and being subjected to unspeakable abuse by her father, Lara and Charlie are forced into foster care. Lara latches on to her brother's protection and love, viewing him as her guardian. She has strong and complicated feelings of dependency towards her brother, ones that are outside of cultural norms. With the introduction of Boone, Lara begins to see that her love for Charlie is flawed and that Charlie is spiralling out of control.

Donovan Bishop, Cultural Crusader

Donovan Bishop, Cultural Crusader

Starring Will Kemp (Van Helsing, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce). Donovan is the passionate and determined leader of a group of runaway youth. Having spent years in prison as a pro-legalization crusader for the cultivation of marijuana, his efforts went underground into the high mountains of B.C., where he now mentors, teaches, and empowers his followers. Becoming increasingly paranoid of the authorities, Donovan has partnered with a dangerous motorcycle gang. His paranoia also compels him to force Lara and Charlie to rob banks on his behalf, in order to speed up his revolutionary ambitions.

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - SHORTS AWARDS

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ESTABLISHED TALENT

ESTABLISHED TALENT

Will Kemp (Van Helsing, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce) and Jesse Platt (Motive, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce) have signed on in support of the project. In 2004, Will made his big screen debut in 'Stephen Sommer''s monster thriller, Van Helsing (2004), as the Werewolf. Up next is Renny Harlin's Mindhunters (2004), where Will plays an FBI trainee trying to solve a mock crime. In addition to television, in 2015 Jesse was cast as the lead in the Independent Feature "raw* The Film." Jesse portrays the troubled youth, Jakob Levin, who is sent out to an idealistic Salt Spring Island organic farm.