After her father’s death, a recluse runaway returns home to face her former life.
After being gone for 4 years, the reclusive runaway, Kate Coleman, returns home after her affluent father’s death. Kate reunites with her cousin and childhood best friend, Jane, and her long-time family friend, Auntie May but is still uneasy about returning to the place she left years ago. Kate dreads the upcoming reunion with the person that was the catalyst for the broken relationship with her father and the reason she left, her stepmother Darla.
Development for the “Dear Kate,” project started in 2015 with a basic idea of how people have their own demons with some wearing their emotions externally while some keep their demons hidden. After we outlined the general premise of the story, I began to write.
Self-isolation, regret, substance abuse, and domestic abuse are all dealt with in the “Dear Kate,” story. This project allowed me to explore the choices I made in my life and also gave me the oppurtunity to explore the “What if…?” possibilities. As the “Dear Kate,” story unfolded, it became evident that this story was a mirror of my life. I was connected to deeper than just words on a screen.
This story explores ideas such as problems, perceived or not, remain unless you face them and that love can come from anywhere and from anyone. “Dear Kate,” also shows how forgiveness is a powerful tool to heal, however forgiveness does not mean one has to remain a victim.
In conclusuion, we believe that “Dear Kate,” is a complex, character-driven story that can relate to people from different walks of life. A story with a strong female characters that speaks to both women and men alike.
Brandon Stouff – Executive Producer/Director/Screenwriter
Brandon Stouff was born in Metairie, Louisiana on April 9, 1980 to Lisa Shepard and Craton “Bubba” Stouff, III. Brandon spent the better part of his younger years living on the outskirts of Houma, Louisiana in the community of Bayou Blue. He graduated from Central Lafourche High School and attended one semester at Nicholls State University before an automobile accident halted this collegiate endeavor. Brandon married Teri Butcher on February 9, 2001 and enlisted in the US Navy on April 11, 2001.
Brandon returned home after leaving the Navy in 2010 and attended Full Sail University. At Full Sail University, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Cinematography while earning the Advanced Achievement Award and was the class Valedictorian.
His love for filmmaking started as a young child. His fondest memories are those of watching serial films from the 1940’s with his grandfather as well as countless westerns.
Brandon has worked on several projects including short films, band promotional videos, music videos, commercials, and live sporting events. His latest work includes the “Boudin Song” music video and the short film, “The Inheritance”.
Teri Stouff – Producer
Teri Stouff has been working in producing short films and music videos for many years. Married to the director, Brandon Stouf, Teri has been an important member of the every project this filmmaking duo has worked on. Additionally, she works tiredlessly with all departments to help ensure cohesiveness and produce quality content. A talented photographer, she worked on many projects as a Behind the Scenes photographer
Alaine’ Gauthreaux – Producer/Dialect Coach
Alaine’ Claire Gauthreaux is the Acting Director and the proud owner of S.T.A.G.E. Performing Arts School LLC. As well as the teacher for TPSD Talented Theatre Gifted and Talented Education and Mary’s School of Dance. Ms. Alaine’ is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a bachelor degree in Theatre of Performing Arts and a Minor in Dance. Extra certification include: dance teacher’s, ancillary teachers, and stage combat certified from the National American Fighters Association.
Her acting career began at the Horn in The West Theatre Company in Boone, North Carolina. Alaine’ furthered her career in Los Angeles, CA where she worked for Miramax films and Raleigh Studios. A few of Alaine’s on camera experiences advanced her acting career as an eligible SAG member.
Georgi Hernandez McCloud – Director of Photography
Georgi was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. Georgi is of Puerto Rican descent. He currently lives in Slidell, Louisiana with his wife and four kids who are all aspiring artists from composer/songwriter, photographer, audio engineer, animator to screenwriter.
Georgi’s passion for photography started at a young age and in the midst of war he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997. As an enlisted marine he studied digital photography at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, Florida and psychology from Campbell University. He continued his military career as a combat cinematographer.
He covered the War in Iraq to include the first democratic elections for the country since the Saddam Regime and towards the end of his 22 years as a Marine worked with foreign partners, teaching them the fundamentals of cinematography and photography. Outside of the military, Georgi photographed weddings, band concerts, sports, and collaborated with Barry Anderson on the feature film, Relentless.
With retirement in sight Georgi attended the American Society of Cinematographers Master Class to enhance his storytelling skills and upon retirement ventured into the world of independent films. He since has written, shot, and directed films to include Easy Out, the Advocate, and Love Conquers. He has helped others projects come to life as well such as Yellow Fever, Contraland, and Black Ink Crew Chicago; and commercials for USMC Racing, #NTBCP, Hot Shots Secret, and Mandeville Social.
Aimee Bubblis – 1st Assistant Director
Aimee Elizabeth Bubblis has been a freelance videographer and editor for the past 2 years. She received her BA in Film from the University of New Orleans. Aimee specializes in wedding videos, business promotional videos, and independent films. She has directed 3 independent short films (Swipe Right, The Inheritance, and Medication), over a dozen wedding films, and worked with a few various companies in the New Orleans area (Footprints to Fitness, Hair by KP, KP Fitness, and Manscaping) to help promote their businesses on social media through videography.
It takes a village.
There is SO much that goes into making a feature film. It takes a village, and that village includes YOU! We will be providing catering/craft services every day of production for our cast and crew, providing costumes for our characters, investing in equipment, and much more. Every little bit counts, and we appreciate all the support you can give us!
Breanna Locascio is Kate Coleman
Breanna Elizabeth Locascio is an actress born in Houma, La on January 1st, 1999.
Breanna studied and performed live theater productions at S.T.A.G.E. Performing Arts School, LLC throughout her high school years. She has performed in numerous live theater productions. Her theater credits include the lead role of Shelby in “Steel Magnolias” and broke gender lines in her performance of the father, Mr. March, in “Little Women”. Breanna’s hobbies include drawing, painting, playing piano and dancing. She has four years experience in tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary dance. She also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Anna Gautreaux is Jane Coleman
Anna Gautreaux is an actress born in Houma, Louisiana on September 18, 1998.
Growing up in Houma, Anna attended S.T.A.G.E. Performing Arts School, LLC performing in live theater productions. Her theater credits during this time include Annelle in “Steel Magnolias”, the Witch in “Into the Woods” and Rose Pickett in “The Secret Code”.
Anna graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana studying acting and scenic design in May of 2020. Her debut as a designer was this Fall of 2019 for NSU’s production of “Songs for a New World”, and she has also acted as scenic charge for multiple productions at Northwestern including “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and assistant scenic designer for “1940s Radio Hour”.
Anna has 14 years experience in dance and 4 years experience in color guard.
April Pinell is Darla Coleman
April Dawn Clark Pinell is an actress born in Houma, La on March 28, 1978.
April studied and performed live theater productions at S.T.A.G.E. Performing Arts School, LLC and was production manager for 2 years. Her theater credits include the lead role of Ouiser and M’lynn in “Steel Magnolias” Aunt March, in “Little Women” and performed choreographed a dance to Colors of the Wind as Pocahontas in Mary’s School of Dance recital.
April is married with two children, Cheyenne and Emily Pinell. Her hobbies include writing movie scripts, poems, traveling and hanging out with family and friends. She has two years of experience in adult dance.
Regina Franklin is Auntie May
Regina Ann Franklin is an actress born in Houma, Louisiana on November 23, 1965
A captivating and gifted actor, she studied theater acting under Alainé Gauthreaux. Some of her acting credits include Marmee in “Little Women”, Clairee in “Steel Magnolias” and Mommy in “The Dreamy Kid”.
Regina enjoys writing, especially poetry while continuing to pursue her acting career.
Sophia Sluyter is Lizah Nettleton
Sophia Sluyter is an actress, dancer, singer and model who loves to entertain and make people smile. Enthusiastic, respectful, focused, and kind, she is wise beyond her years and mature for her age.
Her love of acting began when Sophia would write scripts to perform with her younger sister, Nicole, for their mom and dad. They would dress up in costumes, have intermissions to serve snacks, and even improv commercials. Other times, they would take turns being the master of ceremonies and model for surprise evening fashion shows. Sophia also loves choreographing dances with her friends, whether on a sleepover or around the pool on a hot summer day, eagerly performing them for anyone and everyone.
In addition to acting and dance classes, Sophia enjoys private voice lessons, playing soccer and volleyball, and skateboarding. Many of her teachers say that she is a hardworking, enthusiastic, focused, and motivated kid. They love working with her and enjoy seeing her big smile. Sophia is an articulate, creative girl who has many friends. Sophia loves talking with adults. She absorbs everything. And she loves learning new things.
Sophia’s natural instincts bring a refreshing honesty to her roles. Her energetic, positive attitude and drive to accomplish the work is directly reflected in her professionalism on set.
Making a feature film is an ambitious idea in most normal circumstances. COVID-19 has made what was already fun, yet challenging, project even more of a challenge. We are happy to say that despite these unprecedented times, the cast and crew has been working tiredlessly to help bring this powerful story to the screen. We are also excited to have partnered with From the Heart Productions to be able to offer a tax deduction for your donation to our film. Your tax deductible donation will go towards feeding and lodging the talent and crew, wardrobe and props, and any other items needed to bring this project to life.
In addition to your donation being tax deductible, we are also including the following donation perks:
$10 – Thank you on social media.
$25 – Special Thanks Credit on IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Thank you on social media.
$75 – Dear Kate, coffee mug. Plus Special Thanks Credit on IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Thank you on social media.
$100 – Dear Kate, poster. Plus Special Thanks Credit on IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Thank you on social media.
$125 – Dear Kate, hat OR t-shirt. Plus Special Thanks Credit on IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Thank you on social media.
$250 – Dear Kate, poster, hat, AND t-shirt. Plus Special Thanks Credit on IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Exclusive behind the scene photographs and videos of the production of Dear Kate,. Thank you on social media.
$500 – Signed copy of the script. Dear Kate, poster, hat and T-shirt. Special thanks credit on IMDb and end credits of the film. Exclusive behind the scene photographs and videos of the production of Dear Kate,. 15 minute Skype video chat with the Director. Thank you on social media.
$750 – Name a character. Dear Kate, poster, hat, and t-shirt. Signed copy of the script. Special thanks On IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Exclusive behind the scene photographs and videos of the production of Dear Kate,. 15 minute Skype video chat with the Director. Thank you on social media.
$1,000 – Set visit – 1 set visit (transportation and lodging not provided. Lunch will be provided during visit). Signed copy of the script. Dear Kate, poster, hat, and t-shirt. Special thanks on IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Exclusive behind the scene photographs and videos of the production of Dear Kate,. 15 minute Skype video chat with the Director. Thank you on social media.
$5,000 – Be in the film with a speaking line (limit 3). Dear Kate, poster, hat, and t-shirt. Signed copy of the script. Acting credits on IMDb and in the end credits of the film. Exclusive behind the scene photographs and videos of the production of Dear Kate,. 15 minute Skype video chat with the Director. A copy of the final film. Thank you on social media.
$8,000 – Associate producer credit. Invitation to all events, screenings, premieres, etc for Dear Kate,. Signed copy of the script. Dear Kate, poster, hat, and t-shirt. Credits on IMDb and in the opening and end end credits of the film. Exclusive behind the scene photographs and videos of the production of Dear Kate,. Weekly 15 minute Skype video chat with the Director. A copy of the final film. Thank you on social media.
$10,000 – Executive Producer credit. Opening and end credits in the final film. IMDb credit. Free tickets to all events, screenings, premieres, etc for Dear Kate,. All access visits to set locations on shoot days (travel and lodging not provided, lunch provided during set visit). Unlimited one on one access with the Director. A signed copy of the Dear Kate, script. Dear Kate, hat, t-shirt, coffee mug and poster. A copy of the final film. Thank you on social media.
We have worked so hard on this project and we hope you will join us on this adventure. We truly appreciate any and all of the tax decuctible donatations made towards our project, “Dear Kate,”. We know this indie project has a powerful message for the world and we welcome you to join us by helping us out fiscally and enjoying the corresponding perks along with your tax deductible donations. Thank you!!!