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Synopsis

Undergrads is an ensemble piece that follows two groups of friends.  Over the course of a weekend, we hang out with The Guys up a cabin, and The Girls at the club.  As class approaches on Monday, relationships have been put into question, or even cut off, while others are formed.    

Production

We are currently in post-production. Editing, coloring, sound mixing, acquiring song licenses, and submitting to festivals!

Crew

Andrew Zuckerman

 

Director / Writer / Producer

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Andrew is a film director based in St Paul, Minnesota. He has directed, written, DP'd, produced, and edited almost all of his short films to date. In 2017 his short film “Rasco” won “Best Student Film” at the St Paul Film Festival and "Best Student Screenplay" at the Manhattan Film Festival. His portfolio includes other short films which have been screened at the Miami Independent Film Festival, Fredonia Film Fest, and the Los Angeles CineFest. 

 

Monday Night Special will be his feature film directorial debut. About the project he says, “I'm excited to be working with a group of young passionate people.” 

Dillon Orth

Writer / Producer

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Dillon has already established himself as a talented writer and producer in his young film career. He co-wrote “Rasco” with Zuckerman and won "Best Student Screenplay" at the Manhattan Film Festival. He has written and produced several other projects while in film school at DePaul University. 

About the the film he says, "It's exciting to work with great people on a project that is personal and meant to resonate with our peers. Especially when it's a film we want to see ourselves."

John Cronin

Producer

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John has a background in business and marketing. He has founded multiple ventures, including a charity which raises money for ALS. He is currently studying Strategic Communications at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he also serves as a project manager on the school’s advertising team.

 

About the film he says, “I look forward to the thrill of producing a high quality film and spreading our messages to the public. The passion Dillon and Andrew bring to this film is contagious and it will be an incredibly fun ride.”

Nihal Dantluri

Director of Photography

Alex Patrick

Audio Technician

Maddie Dodge

 

Gaffer

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Nihal is graduating from DePaul University this year. This will be his second feature film as a DP. He has previously worked on 3 other features as a crew member, including one directed by Spike Lee. He loves long form storytelling and is excited to build the visual look of Monday Night Special.

About the the film he says, "I like the fact that we are leaning into the very things that are our weaknesses."

Alex was born 1991 in South Dakota. Moved to Minnesota with his family in the early 2000s, currently resides in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.  From an early age had an affinity for the arts but found his center in sound.  He attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College to achieve his AAS in Sound Arts.  Now he seeks to put his skills to action!

Maddie Dodge

 

Gaffer

Production Team

Andrew Zuckerman

 

Director / Writer / Producer

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Andrew is a film director based in St Paul, Minnesota. He has directed, written, DP'd, produced, and edited almost all of his short films to date. In 2017 his short film “Rasco” won “Best Student Film” at the St Paul Film Festival and "Best Student Screenplay" at the Manhattan Film Festival. His portfolio includes other short films which have been screened at the Miami Independent Film Festival, Fredonia Film Fest, and the Los Angeles CineFest. 

 

Undergrads is his feature film directorial debut. About the project he says, “I'm excited to be working with a group of young passionate people.” 

Dillon Orth

Writer / Producer

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Dillon has already established himself as a talented writer and producer in his young film career. He co-wrote “Rasco” with Zuckerman and won "Best Student Screenplay" at the Manhattan Film Festival. He has written and produced several other projects while in film school at DePaul University. 

About the the film he says, "It's exciting to work with great people on a project that is personal and meant to resonate with our peers. Especially when it's a film we want to see ourselves."

John Cronin

Producer

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John has a background in business and marketing. He has founded multiple ventures, including a charity which raises money for ALS. He is currently studying Strategic Communications at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he also serves as co-president on the school’s advertising team.

 

About the film he says, “I look forward to the thrill of producing a high quality film and spreading our messages to the public. The passion Dillon and Andrew bring to this film is contagious and it will be an incredibly fun ride.”

Nihal Dantluri

Director of Photography

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Nihal graduated from DePaul University this year. This will be his second feature film as a DP. He has previously worked on 3 other features as a crew member, including one directed by Spike Lee. He loves long form storytelling and is excited to build the visual look of Undergrads.

About the the film he says, "I like the fact that we are leaning into the very things that are our weaknesses."

Alex Patrick

Audio Technician

Alex was born 1991 in South Dakota. Moved to Minnesota with his family in the early 2000s, currently resides in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.  From an early age had an affinity for the arts but found his center in sound.  He attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College to achieve his AAS in Sound Arts.  Now he seeks to put his skills to action!

Maddie Dodge

 

Gaffer

Caymen Sheets

Production Designer

Other Crew

 
Deanna Afremov - Lead Caterer
Nathan Estrada - Digital Imaging Technician
Jackson Ruiz - 2nd AC
Jorge Saavedra - Best Boy Electric 
Khadija Sharif - Art Hand
Davion Wimes - Boom Operator

Livia Caligor

Costume Designer / Hair + Make Up

​Livia is a New York-based creative specializing in fashion, editorial writing, and fine arts. She is an incoming senior at Cornell University, where she is studying Fashion Design Management and English. She has global experience in various sectors of the fashion industry and freelances for multiple fashion and culture publications. As a fashion journalist, she is especially passionate about the intersection of fashion and social justice, sustainability, literature, and history.

 

About the film, Livia says “I believe that fashion is the most powerful form of storytelling and self expression. I am so excited to create costumes that communicate the diverse and complex character identities in this film.”

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Caymen is a recent DePaul graduate from Chicago. Her love for visual storytelling began with photography, creating small sets wherever she could throughout high school. She has worked on several short and feature-length films and this will be her second feature as Production Designer. 

Cast

Chloe Skoczen as "Chloe"

Chloe attends Columbia College Chicago, where she majors in acting. She has starred in many short films and also had a role in a feature shot in Rhode Island. When she’s not acting, she enjoys playing guitar and piano.

Trace Guzman as "Jamie"

Trace is a rising senior at Stanford University. He’s acted in stage and film productions, but this is his first feature film! When he’s not acting, he’s writing and performing music or comedy.

Dillon Orth as "Wyatt"

Dillon has been acting in short films since high school. He has taken every acting class he can at DePaul, where he studies film. He cannot wait to dig into his first role in a feature!

Elijah McNally as "Drew"

Elijah is an actor entering his senior year at Northwestern University. He is from New York City and has acted in three short films and seven plays in college, but never in a feature film! When he’s not acting, he’s writing for stage and screen or working through his quarantine movie list!

Lizzy Gesensway as "Carly"

Lizzy is a Minnesota born, New York based actor. This spring she graduated with honors from New York University Tisch School of The Arts with a BFA in Drama. While at Tisch, she was featured in numerous theatrical productions and studied film at Stonestreet Studios. She is amped to be back in Minnesota and to be a part of this project.

Ali Rosenthal as "Sam"

Ali is a recent graduate of Stanford University, and a proud New Yorker (don’t forget it). She’s an actor and filmmaker, and while she’s been in plays and shorts before, this will be her first feature length film role!

Maya Caulfield as "Leila"

Maya is an actor from Portland, OR. She is an English major at Stanford University, where she loves doing improv and writing sketch comedy. When Maya is not performing, she enjoys reading and writing.

Madi Hart as "Bella"

Madi is an actor/comedian from the Chicagoland area, where she studies theater at Northwestern University. When she’s not on camera she’s writing full length plays, hitting the Chicago open mic circuit, and working as head editor for Northwestern’s late night show. She is so excited to be a part of this project!

Van Ham as himself

Van Ham is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer based out of The Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Originally from MN, he has since gone on to work professionally in Southern California on various projects ranging from acting, modeling, and everything in between.

Xavier Goodman as "CJ"

Xavier has always wanted to act and became an online comedian in high school. He trained at the Guthrie Theater and the Globe Theater in London. He’s played roles in commercials, and has been in various feature films and award winning short films.


Livia Caligor as "Ivy"

As our costume designer, Livia is interested in the intersection of storytelling and fashion. She is eager to make her feature film debut alongside the rest of the ensemble cast.

Michael Novak as "Coach Hess"

Mike has spent a lifetime distilling his experiences and exploring ways to share them with others. He has appeared in many films and has written several songs hoping to record his first album this fall. Always interested in how the personal informs the universal and vice versa, he's happy to be involved in the project and wishes everyone the best.

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