Private Project

Love in the Age of Steam

A Steampunk short film about a tenacious tinker who is trying desperately to bring back her lost love.

  • Karen McCarthy
    Director
  • Karen McCarthy
    Writer
  • Karen McCarthy
    Producer
  • Genevieve Levin
    Key Cast
    “Ashley”
  • Erin Darling - aka Kiki Valenzuela
    Key Cast
    “Gilly ”
  • Bernie Bregman
    Key Cast
    “Justin”
  • Shawn Crosby
    Key Cast
    “Gentleman Gossip”
  • Charly Charney Cohen
    Key Cast
    “Lady Gossip ”
  • Nathan Seekerman
    Key Cast
    “Delvery Man ”
  • Teddy
    Key Cast
    “Sparky”
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, Steampunk, Period
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital - DSLR
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Karen McCarthy

Karen is a SAG-AFTRA member who wears many hats within the industry. She is probably best known for her voice over work, standup comedy, and work behind the scenes primarily in post-production. You might have heard her as the voice of the villain, Nebulosa, in the Netflix sensation and light hearted holiday classic… "Mummy, I'm a Zombie."

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Director Statement

When I'm directing, I know that I'm where I'm supposed to be.

With “Love in the Age of Steam” I wanted to not only show that some stories like love and lose are universal but to entertain, enlighten and inspire. How better to motivate a young person to embrace math and science then with a character like my tinker, played by Genevieve Levin, who’s both an engineer and a scientist? Her struggles are universal but in order to make them more interesting I put them in a unique universe.

My brother David and his wife Joyce have somewhat of a following on Facebook as their invented personas Steampunk Molly and the Edison Family Fairy Hunters, so it’s no surprise that I’d want to play in that realm when I set out to make “Love in the Age of Steam.”

What is Steampunk? It’s more than just Victorian clothes and goggles, it’s an alternative Victorian era with tons of high-tech gadgets that run on steam power, from air ships to communication devices and anything else you can imagine. Just like other historical eras there are people today who use it as settings for stories or spend time recreating it for fun, but unlike eras like the Civil War it’s fictional, so there’s a lot of room for creativity.

If it wasn’t for my amazing cast and crew “Love in the Age of Steam” wouldn’t exist. I had very little time and no budget, but they had faith in me and together we made it happen. There were mistakes and setbacks, but we pushed through them and never gave up, and in the end I hope we created something that will achieve our goal to entertain, enlighten and inspire.