The Fetch

In this micro thriller a remote community is warped by water scarcity, and one mother enacts a dangerous plan to protect her daughter.

  • Cheryl Isaacson
    Out of Pocket
  • Cheryl Isaacson
    Letting Gone, Girlie
  • Tess Sweet
    Love You Like Crazy
  • Kathleen Wilhoite
    Key Cast
    Pay it Forward, Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin
  • Daniel Hugh Kelly
    Key Cast
    Ryan's Hope, Hardcastle and McCormick, Cujo
  • Blaine Saunders
    Key Cast
    The Taking, The Middle, True Blood
  • Thash Mose
    Key Cast
    Copenhagen Noir
  • Peter J Lindsey
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
    According to Jim, One on One, Meet my Valentine
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD (Canon C300)
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival
    Santa Cruz
    United States
    June 4, 2016
  • California Womens Film Festival
    North Hollywood
    United States
    July 17, 2016
  • San Jose International Short Film Festival
    San Jose
    United States
    October 23, 2016
  • Connect Film Festival
    October 20, 2016
    International premiere
    Jury Award Winner: Social Impact, Nominated: Best Female Director
  • Kansas International Film Festival
    Kansas International Film Festival
    United States
    November 4, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Boyish Media
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Cheryl Isaacson

Writer / Director, Cheryl Isaacson brings years of commercial direction, producing, production design and art organizational leadership to her narrative work. Early work included modern installation art and writing/producing immersive, multi-media works for the stage. The Fetch is her third narrative short film. Cheryl is currently producing Cleaner Daze, a new web series about teens in rehab, along with writer/director Tess Sweet.

As Founder/ Director of Lincoln Street Studios, a Bay Area based collaborative creative video agency with clients such as Google, Martinelli’s, Cisco, Brocade and Vessel, Cheryl writes, produces and directs branded content.

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Director Statement

Living in drought ridden California, I found myself drawn to the heart-breaking stories of water scarcity around the world - a situation that disproportionately impacts women and girls. The harsh reality of their plight, as well as the increasingly emergence of an on-demand app-driven lower class work-force, were the ideas that intersected in The Fetch.

We filmed, late summer, with drought rounding its fourth year and the issues around water on everyone’s mind. Our location had no potable water, so all water had to be acquired from a ranch several miles away and trucked in. While an inconvenience for the production, this created a sense of reality that benefits the film.

As a woman in her late 40's (and a mother, myself), it is important to me to create female characters with the same specificity, age diversity and nuance that I find in real life women. My lead (Kathleen Wilhoite), was cast because she has the age and grit to bring out the character's mother bear, while still maintaining a sense of self. In all of my work, I’m committed to exploring and amplifying under-represented female voices and perspectives.