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a film by Christina Hulen

Everything's Fine

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A young woman suffering from trauma induced memory loss finds herself spiraling dangerously out of control as the impending anniversary of the event nears, threatening to destroy her carefully crafted veneer of normalcy, her relationships and her life.

This
narrative short film

revolves around Hannah, the sole survivor of  a mass shooting. Rather than focus on the event, this film explores how trauma not only affects Hannah, but everyone around her. Everyone in her orbit; her wife, her parents, the parents of her students and the community as a whole are all suffering from PTSD in various degrees and with different manifestations. 

 

When the hollow sentiment of “thoughts and prayers” starts to fade and the TV cameras are packed away after a high profile trauma event, the people involved are still affected. What happens next is what this film explores. It hopes to shine a light on the journey to heal in a society that stigmatizes mental health issues and places more value on gun rights than on human lives.

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The sad reality is that there is a mass shooting in the US every single day. It’s something that has touched every state in the nation. As of Oct 1, 2021, there have been 101 incidents of gunfire on school grounds just this year. According to the Gun Violence Archive, 2021 has seen 15,400 deaths, 30,800 injuries, 530 mass shootings, 820 children shot and 3,480 teenagers shot in just the first 10 month of the year.

Meet The Crew

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CHRISTINA HULEN

Writer/Director

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Christina Hulen is an award-winning Writer / Director / Producer. Her female centric work has won the Meryl Streep / Nicole Kidman funded Writers Lab and was a top 20 semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. She's been a selected participant to the Cinestory Feature Lab, the Stowe Story Lab and the exclusive Imagine Impact writers platform. She writes across genres, specializing in historical dramas featuring LGBTQ + experiences. 

As a producer she was part of the producing teams for SHELTER which won a GLAAD Media Award for Best Narrative Feature Limited Release as well as multiple award-winning, festival favorite, A MARINE STORY. 

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STACI WITT

Producer

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Staci is a producer and make-up artist for both film and television, best known for her work on AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984, DR. SLEEP, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and HEIST. 

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KIM TURNER

Producer

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Kim Turner is a writer/actor/producer. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Second City’s writing program and IO’s (formerly Improv Olympic) writing programs. She’s performed improv and written sketches for almost 20 years and her screenplay, CHRISTY’S GOT CANCER! was selected for the inaugural Meryl Streep Screenwriters’ Lab (and the only comedy!). Her half hour comedy pilot, GOOD IN A ROOM, was a Second Rounder at Austin. Her feature comedy, DINNER WITH THE QUEEN, was selected for the Stowe Story Lab and her current drama feature, TOMÁS, is a quarterfinalist at Cinestory and Scriptapalooza. Kim is currently writing a biography picture about mountain biker, Grace Ragland, with Mountain Dirt Productions. Additionally, she is cultivating new projects with Suzanne Dunn and Anna Hozian under their production company, Lioness Productions.

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ANDERSON "DREW" BOYD

Producer

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Anderson "Drew" Boyd is a North Carolina-based filmmaker who began his career in New York. His first major screen credit was the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone as an additional editor, followed by contributions to Cold Weather, The Tillman Story, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, and the Independent Spirit Award-nominated The History of Future Folk. His directorial debut, the comedic parable Well Wishes, exhibited on Netflix from 2016-2018 after an award-winning festival run. He’s since produced and edited Random Media’s Dead Envy and the Madison Iseman-starring film The Fox Hunter. His screenplay The Lease of Nature won several major awards and placements while his latest, the Western odyssey Mescalero, is the #1 Western screenplay of all time and within the Top 50 of all screenplays on the Coverfly Red List. Boyd is a member of the Producers Guild of America, an affiliate member of American Cinema Editors, a United Arts Council Grant Recipient, and a Stowe Story Labs/Sidewalk Narrative Lab alum.

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EDD LUKAS

Cinematographer

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Edd launched his career in the camera department on high profile films such as CASINO ROYALE and ATONEMENT.

His cinematography credits include 30 feature films which span all genres (NANCY DREW, THE GALLOWS, ACTS OF VIOLENCE, WHIPLASH - short) He has shot commercials, music videos and short form projects across North America, Europe, Asia and South America, working with brands such as Budweiser, Chrysler, Newsweek and GQ. 

Edd is well versed in both film and digital production. He holds 2 MA Degrees; one from the London Film School. the other from the prestigious American Film Institute- where he specialized in Cinematography. 

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ANDY HAMMER

Production Designer

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Andrew Hammer’s vast and eclectic experience in the entertainment industry spans over 25 years. Production Designer for music videos including Mika Ben-Yami Nothing is Wrong. Art Director for feature films including The Final Song. Assistant Art Director for feature films and TV including Primal Doubt, and Day of Independence 

 

An award winning theatrical set designer, with over 100 productions, including Broomstick; Ovation award nominated for best set design. My Fair Lady; Winner: San Diego Critics Circle award for best set design. At Walt Disney Imagineering; lead set decorator for Shanghai Disney’s Fantasyland.  Before that he was a paint and color specialist, working on such projects as color designing and painting the Hat Box ghost inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. 

 

Recently he was the Colorist for Universal Studios Japan’s Super Mario Land An accomplished Scenic Artist, Andy has worked on hundreds of projects for television, film, theatre and theme park projects, including  the Academy Awards, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Fear Factor, and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Most recently, he black light painted the Peter Pan attraction going to Tokyo Disney Seas in 2023.

We are honored to be collaborating with Manuel Oliver, the father of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who was tragically killed in the Parkland shooting. Manuel and his wife Patricia helm
ChangeTheRef.org 
 

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which was formed to empower our Future Leaders. CTR gives the kids of today the tools they need to be empowered to make changes to critical issues that affect our nation, through education, conversation, and activism. It uses urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of the mass shooting pandemic. Manuel’s  vision and passion will help fuel and inform our production and we are humbled by his commitment of participation. He sees the potential of this project as we do - as an incredible way to spark empathy in people and renew the call to action for gun reform and mental health care in the U.S.

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as Hannah Ehrlich

CHARLOTTE ROTHWELL

Starring

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Originally from North-West England, Charlotte Rothwell was named one of BAFTA - Los Angeles’ Emerging Talents and has won the Liverpool Actress of the Year award three times. Charlotte was recently cast in Justin Chon’s feature film, JAYOJAMA, alongside Henry Ian Cusick. Earlier this year, she played the lead in HEAR THE DARK, where she can be seen as a late-deafened woman in 1915 searching for her missing son. Charlotte also creates her own content - writing, producing and acting in a film called STRANGERS, which takes place in a Los Angeles strip club. 

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KATIE PARKER

as Paige Donovan

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Born in Virginia, Katie Parker is a film and television actress best known for, ALT, THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, THE RE-EDUCATION OF JANE BROWN, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, ABSCENTIA and her numerous guest appearances that include: MASTERS OF SEX, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and HALT AND CATCH FIRE.

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ROBERT LONGSTREET

as Peter Malley

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Robert Longstreet is an actor and producer known for THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, JULES OF THE LIGHT AND DARK, AQUAMAN, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, HALLOWEEN KILLS and he can currently be seen in MIDNIGHT MASS streaming on Netflix.

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MICHELLE CLUNIE

as Rachel Ehrlich

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Award winning Actress Michelle Clunie has appeared in numerous stage and televsision productions but her most memorable role was that of Melanie Marcus in the groundbreaking Showtime show QUEER AS FOLK. Michelle wrote and starred in the original off- Broadway play, US; A PROGRESSIVE LOVE STORY which explored the abuse inflicted upon an actress at the hands of a narcissistic politician. She is always looking for projects that are change makers and is proud to be involved in EVERYTHING'S FINE. 

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STEVEN CULP

as David Ehrlich

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Steven Culp has been working extensively in theatre, television, and film for four decades. Notable credits include: THIRTEEN DAYS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, BOSCH, THE WEST WING, GREY’S ANATOMY, JAG, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, REVOLUTION and the upcoming AS WE SEE IT on Amazon. His most recent stage appearance was in the critically acclaimed world premiere, HANDJOB, at L.A.’s Echo Theatre.

EVERYTHING’S FINE is a sponsored project of Film Independent, a non-profit independent media arts organization. Film Independent will receive grants for the charitable purposes of Everything’s Fine, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Everything’s Fine must be made payable to Film Independent and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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