Class of 2000

A pregnant, down-on-her-luck waitress picks up a shift to avoid her high school reunion, but when an old classmate attempts a heist, she must outsmart the thief and save her fellow hostages. 

  • Leanna Adams
  • Rachel Cross
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    Dark Comedy, Comedy
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    United States
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Writer Biography - Leanna Adams, Rachel Cross

Leanna was an award-snagging sketch comedy actress that always wanted to work on a feature. Then she met Rachel, a sketch comedy whiz, crushing contests and taking names, and you had a twosome ready to tell a wild tale. Rachel had plenty of restaurant experience, and a passion for Nirvana. And Leanna, a mom, had a lot to say about parenting and the passage of time. Together they created CLASS OF 2000, a restaurant heist comedy with a full plate of southern-fried characters and a big helping of heart.

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Writer Statement

For years, I created short works and performed on stage, but in 2015, when I got pregnant, I realized I wanted to tell longer stories that had more meaning. I started writing features. MURPH, my feature-length crime comedy, was a 2019 Nicholl quarterfinalist, a semi-finalist in the 2019 Austin Film Festival’s screenplay competition. It also won three “best screenplay” awards and a staged reading through the Atlanta Film Festival. And it was selected for the 2020 Lab at the Athena Film Festival.

Rachel Cross, my writing partner on CLASS OF 2000, is also an award- winning sketch comedy writer. As an African American female comedy writer (AND A CANCER SURVIVOR!), Rachel is passionate about her perspective being represented on screen and in comedy. She hopes that in ultimately producing our film, we can employ a diverse cast and give voice to characters who are frequently marginalized.

We’re passionate about telling this story now because we want to see more funny forty-something women as leads in indie film. We want to see diverse ensembles that avoid harmful stereotypes and flat depictions. And on the broader level, we need to see films created with inclusion and social good at their core.