LOVERS

Race, Love and Law Enforcement intertwine as a killer stalks Los Angeles.

  • Nell Teare
    Director
  • Frederic Donner
    Writer
    LOVERS
  • Nell Teare
    Writer
    Fallen Star, No She Wasn't, State of Affairs, Moxie, Teare also has 10 Producer Credits, 8 Director Credits, 4 Editor Credits, and 3 Cinematographer Credits.
  • Adam Cushman
    Producer
    Restraint, Maestro, Rose Gardner Mysteries, Lyovitalis, The Whipping Club, Dying for a Donut: The Forgotten Victims, Cushman also has 6 Director Credits, 6 Writer Credits, 2 Editor Credits, and 1 Production Designer Credit
  • Carla Rexrode
    Executive Producer
    LOVERS
  • Frederic Donner
    Executive Producer
    LOVERS
  • Mark McCullogh Thomas
    Key Cast
    Can Hitler Happen Here? (completed) Josh Kohen  2015 Orbiting Without Sugar (Short) (completed) Vinny  2016 Platonic (Short) Karl  2005 My Comfortable Stranger Bud  2004 Guiding Light (TV Series) Marcus - Episode #1.14335 (2004) ... Marcus  2002 Happy Hour (Short) Brian Jordan  1998 Friends (TV Series) Liam - The One with All the Rugby (1998) ... Liam
  • Danelle Corbin
    Key Cast
    In the Spotlight (Short) (completed) Jenee' Skylar  2015 Clarissa's War Ruane  2014 Johnny Dynamo (TV Series short) Cameron Black - A Missing Giant Report, Part 2 (2014) ... Cameron Black - That's Exactly Who I Think I Am (2014) ... Cameron Black - I Liked It Better When You Hated Me (2014) ... Cameron Black - Hey Mo! (2014) ... Cameron Black - Ancient History (2014) ... Cameron Black  2013-2014 Nashville (TV Series) Receptionist / Bartender - Just For What I Am (2014) ... Receptionist - Be Careful of the Stones You Throw (2013) ... Bartender Hide  Composer (1 credit)  2017 In the Spotlight (Short) (completed)
  • Wolé Parks
    Key Cast
    NCIS Los Angeles (2016), Studio City (2015) , Limitless (2015), Ray Donovan (2015)
  • James MacPherson
    Key Cast
    The Young and the Restless (2015), Murder Book (2014), General Hospital 2008-2014), 3 Producer Credits, 1 Director Credit, 1 writer Credit, 1 Editor Credit
  • Colton Davie
    Cinematography
    Memorial Day, Restraint, Jesus Fish (producer), Beast Mom, Davie also has 25 Cinematographer Credits, 5 Editor Credits, 4 Producer Credits, 3 Director Credits, and 3 Writer Credits
  • Taj Mahal
    Music Supervision
    Two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards
  • Rocco Rivetti
    Producer
    The Return, Gypsy Brothers, Cut, The Bachelor Chapters,Rivetti also has 1 Assistant Director Credit, 7 Producer Credits, 3 Miscellaneous Crew Credits, and 2 Art Department Credits.
  • Firedog Productions
    Production
    Lovers
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Crime, Drama
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 16, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Laughlin International Film Festival
    Laughlin
    United States
    October 14, 2017
    Winner: Best U.S. short & Best Cinematic Achievement
  • Laughlin International Film Festival
    Laughlin, Nevada
    United States
    October 14, 2017
    Winner: Best Cinematography
  • L.A. Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 8, 2017
    Winner: Best Drama
  • L.A. Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 8, 2017
    Winner: Best Cinematography Diamond
  • Spotlight Short Film Awards

    United States
    December 1, 2017
    Winner: Spotlight Gold Award
  • Las Cruces International Film Festival
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    United States
    March 8, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Rainier Independent Film Festival
    Ashford, Washington
    United States
    May 20, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Woods Hole, MA
    United States
    August 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival
    Las Vegas, NV
    United States
    August 22, 2018
    Winner: Best Cinematography (Short)
  • Global Impact Film Festival
    Washington, DC
    United States
    August 26, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Fashion Art & Film Festival
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    United States
    September 29, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nell Teare

Woman. Becoming Yoko. A Documentary (Documentary) (directed for the stage by) (filming)
2017
BUDDY (Short) (post-production)
 2017
You. Me. Us? (Short) (filming)
 
Never Stop (Short) (post-production)
 2017
Katie and Ben (Short)
 2016
Guber: Rideshare Stories (TV Series)
 2016
Eve and Steve (Video short)
 2016
The Return (Video short)
 2015
Gypsy Brothers (Video short)
 2015
Sweet Talk (Short)
 2015
Belle and The Claytons: The River (Video short)
 2014
The Bachelor Chapters (Short)
 2014
Rose Gardner Mysteries (Video short)
 2014
Marriage to a Billionaire (Video short)
 2014
Lyovitalis (Video short)
 2013
In an Instant (Short)

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Director Statement

Director’s Statement for LOVERS:
After reading Fred’s short story and then speaking at length about it, I dove into
creating the visual experience. I have always found stereotypes to be lazy and
dangerous. Observation does not stop, like evolution, there is no end. If we as human
beings stop evolving, we die. And when observing that evolution ceases, ignorance
impedes the truth of a situation.
I found this aspect to be the fundamental flaw in our profiler. His laziness in relying
on stereotypical understanding of who this killer is cost women their lives. The other
aspects of a stereotype in this piece deal with love and hate. I was not interested in
watching a woman die passively at the hands of a man, and I equally did not want to
see a man callously kill a woman. I wanted to feel the love between them leading up to,
during, and after her murder. The idea that our killer killed out of love and the profiler
created the idea of the killer from his fear intrigued me.
In terms of the look of the film, perspective was the inspiration. Life is
experienced through the lens of the individual. When I told Colton (the DP) I wanted to
shoot looking through something he brought crystals and blew my mind. It reflected
frames onto frames, sometimes doubling images. It took the intellectual and made it
visceral for the audience and that is what I strive to do in all of my work.
Making films that contribute to the conversations we need to have is a passion of
mine, and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to make LOVERS.