It’s the dark comedic twist on the classic cliché: two estranged best friends meet in an elevator after a falling out three years ago and, of course, mid passive agressive argument, the elevator gets stuck. Cell phones are dead. The emergency phone is broken. It’s a Friday.
Such is the premise of “29 Floors”, a short film written by Vancouver writer Megs Calleja and directed by Vancouver filmmaker Athena Russell. But it’s not what you think: amidst the will-they-won’t-they and escape attempts inspired by the movies, there is the unfiltered opening of wounds from a broken relationship, a tragic twist, and the harsh realities of growing up and growing apart.
Athena and Megs have worked together on many projects (the web comedy ‘Ask Will’, the short film ‘High Five Goodbye’, and recently working with CW Seed to produce a trailer for the network’s hit new series ‘Cupid’s Match’), and now they are thrilled to make this bittersweet story, starring Vancouver’s own Reece Thompson (‘Assassination of a High School President’, The Perks of Being A Wallflower’) a reality.
The only thing really standing in their way is the perfect elevator, and that is not cheap. They have entered the TELUS STORYHIVE competition, a grant-funding program to help indie filmmakers like Athena and Megs give screen to their dreams. Currently they are part of a public voting contest and you can click below to cast your vote for them.
29 Floors is a film that embraces the truth of broken friendships. Its tale is unique, honest, and shows what happens when you’ve waited too long to say all the things you should have. Its logline is ‘a gut-wrenching happenatance of should-haves, might-have-beens, and bittersweet timing’.
And the filmmaking duo behind it is one to admire. Athena was dubbed one of Whistler Film Fest’s ‘Filmmakers To Watch’, and is the showrunner of the new series ‘Ana’, and Megs is just about to complete her Shakespare acting course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK, while editing a fiction novel she has set to be published. But they have been trying for a year to get this film made. It holds such a place in their hearts. Together, they hope to share 29 Floors to the world. Give them a vote through STORYHIVE: https://www.storyhive.com/
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