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April 10, 2019
Crew Call: Indie Short Film
October 17, 2018
Independent Short Film CHUPACABRA Looking for Crew (in all departments) –Gas Allowance/Meals/ IMBD credits
An exciting opportunity to work with industry professionals and recent USC graduates on an ambitious, debut short film. We know that The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best film schools in the country, and we would be honored to have you join our team!
We’re seeking crew in all departments but are especially looking for a 1st AC, Production Designer, 1st AD, and Sound Mixer/Boom Operator.
After a string of grisly livestock attacks in rural Texas, a Sheriff’s tenacious daughter is determined to find the monster responsible.
We will be shooting on location in Elgin, Texas during winter break: Thursday, December 27th-Sunday, December 30th. Students who join the project will have the opportunity to work with (and learn from) successful Hollywood filmmakers such as Joel Gretsch and Billy Webb.
Nichole DeLaura grew up in Texas where she fell in love with the savagery and magic of the land. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Southern California’s prestigious film school with a BA in directing, she returned for an MFA in screenwriting. She is the recipient of the Edward Small Writing Award and the Jones Scholarship for Women. With Chupacabra she’s been inspired by True Detective, No Country for Old Men, and Alien.
MONICA JOHNSON HARRIS is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where she earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Film and Social Justice, graduating Cum Laude in 2013. She began her arts career as an actress at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. A recent M.F.A. graduate of the University of Southern California, she’s the recipient of the 2014-2015 Muller Family Scholarship and the Samuel & Lorenza Gary Memorial Award as well as the 2016-2017 Tania Trepanier/Joseph Drown Foundation Endowed Scholarship. Monica is passionate about creating films that are meaningful, creative and imaginative.
William Webb, ASC has thirty years of experience in the film industry and is best known for his work on NCIS, JAG, and Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July. An AFI alumnus, he’s passionate about helping the next generation of filmmakers.
CASTING: JOEL GRETSCH (“THE SHERIFF”)
Joel is a prolific film and TV actor whose notable works include The 4400, The Vampire Diaries, and Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance. He’s also a dedicated husband and father.
Livestock keep turning up dead in a small town in rural Texas with their blood mysteriously drained. 12-year-old Ericka, the Sheriff’s tomboy daughter, is convinced that these deaths are the work of a Chupacabra—a legendary creature that’s part coyote, part vampire. Her pragmatic father, however, insists that there must be a more rational explanation. After Ericka’s dog is killed, she persuades the Sheriff to take her on a nightlong hunt to catch the creature responsible. As they track this elusive killer, they’re forced to confront a more personal loss—their recent abandonment by Ericka’s mother.