Private Project


A road trip story that centers around a broke ex-con who must retrieve his loot before his untrustworthy partner, while juggling two, difficult traveling companions.

  • Lori Lyle
  • Lori Lyle
  • Lori Lyle
  • Mark Houser
    Key Cast
  • Trevor Gorton
    Key Cast
  • Glen Blakley
    Key Cast
  • Kreigh Carter
  • Jeff Sanders
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  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Creation International Film Festival- Official Selection

Director Biography - Lori Lyle

After earning her Master’s degree in psychology, Lori Lyle worked for seventeen years as a therapist, where she developed a deep understanding of human behavior and the human condition. Three years ago, she retired from her day job and devoted her time to translating her knowledge of character, emotions and behavior to the screen to change the narrative of American film. Along with Gallup, she now has three feature length scripts to her name, and several more waiting in the wings.
She works monthly with Jessica Hinds of Jacob Krueger Studios, NY and is constantly striving to perfect her craft. She is interested in the timeless themes of identity, truth and ethics, as well as using landscape as a character in her work. She is also fascinated with small-town life, and the pathos of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances.
Lori Lyle is married, has two grown daughters and splits her time between Wyoming and Utah, where she writes, hikes and observes the world around her.

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Director Statement

Last year I embarked on an extended road trip through the desert Southwest. Having breakfast one morning at another nameless hotel along the interstate, I struck up a conversation with an elderly gentleman and his grown son. After a minute, it became apparent that his son had a developmental disability. The love and interdependence I saw between father and son touched me, and was the inspiration for Gallup. With GALLUP, I tried to tell a simple story about real people…people who have made mistakes, but who we can relate to. I wanted to make a film that highlighted the opportunity for redemption and explored the power of relationships in our lives…without being sappy or sticky sweet. And it was important to me to include underrepresented populations in film …the elderly, and handicapped. The result is an extremely low-budget, road-trip story, with a naturalistic feel. And I hope you’ll find some charm and humor in it as well.
Although I’ve written several scripts, Gallup was my first try at directing. Fortunately, I found hugely talented and positive people who shared my vision, and we were able to make it happen. A heartfelt thanks goes out to them, as well as anyone who watches Gallup! I hope you enjoy it!