Dear George

When his high school sweetheart sends him an epic break-up letter and moves out of state for a job, a heartbroken gamer decides to face his fears to get her back. He sets off on a cross country trip filled with a TSA shakedown, Acapella group, bad decisions and a "borrowed" chicken costume - all for love!

  • Emily Skyle
  • Emily Skyle
  • Mark Carey
  • Alphonse Polito
  • Tyler Bourns
  • Neil Fannin
    Key Cast
  • Sophie Moeller
    Key Cast
  • Mary Bennett
    Key Cast
  • Rachel Lopez
    Key Cast
  • Joe Atack
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Romantic, Comedy, drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 8, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,880 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    Boulder City, NV
    United States
    February 10, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Top Honor - 2017 Leslie Paige Excellence in Short Filmmaking Award
  • Oregon Short Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    United States
    March 4, 2017
    Oregon Premiere
    Top Honor - Best Picture. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Actress
  • Omaha Film Festival
    Omaha, NE
    United States
    March 11, 2017
    Nebraska Premiere
Director Biography - Emily Skyle

A former News Anchor turned Television Host, Emily Skyle has decided to take a stab at a career that doesn't require a teleprompter...and allows her to eat carbs.

As a News Anchor, Emily Skyle quickly learned that although she loved reporting on what was going on in the world - she enjoyed finding the humor in it even more. She left the world of journalism and devoted the next 10 years of her life to comedy. Her quick wit and animated story telling skills landed her on the Chicago stages of Second City and iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and also brought her back into the world of television. Whether she’s hosting a travel show, writing quirky screenplays, taking a short lived spin as a Home Shopping Host, or stepping behind the camera as a Director – you can always count on her to bring her refreshing outlook on life and high energy personality to the table.
A glimpse into Emily's world via her (expired) dating profile:
I like dogs first, then cats. I have bookshelves that actually contain books I have read. I can ski on snow, but not on water - although I excel at being dragged (awkwardly) underwater. I'm attracted to positive people because I'm positive. I am determined to fill up every page of my passport with stamps. I am tall. I love the relationship I have with my family. I enjoy wearing heels and love to camp - rarely at the same time. I'd rather do a physical activity than watch one. I'm not afraid to laugh at myself, which is a blessing, given that I am delightfully klutzy. I was born & raised in Alaska. I am a sucker for witty banter. I have friends that wear skinny jeans & scarves for no reason – as a result my musical tastes and pop culture references are broad, varied and up-to-date. I enjoy writing, but not about myself...

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Director Statement

Several years ago, a goofy college kid sat next to me on a plane. He was dressed head-to-toe as a Tiger and his tail kept hitting my leg. After a few awkward attempts at conversation, I learned he was wearing the costume because it was the mascot of his girlfriends' University. She was picking him up at the airport and he was going to surprise her with the news that he was transferring to her school.
Our final destinations weren't the same, so I never got to find out how things went...but that night, in my hotel room, I found myself inspired by his story, and that's the night "Dear George" was born.
As a filmmaker, I was downright giddy (and a little terrified) about taking on a short film that would need to shoot inside of an airplane, shut down a major street and require a musical number performed on a set of escalators. As a Director, getting to work with a Cast and Crew of over 300 sounded like an incredible opportunity. Specifically, I was excited to shine a spotlight on quirky and refreshing characters that fall far outside the Hollywood norm and break the stereotypical mold that audiences have come to expect from their romantic comedy leads.
At it's base, Dear George is sweet story about George, a man who finally hits rock bottom and decides to tackle his fears to win back the love of his life, Katie. I wanted to tell the story of a good man that had simply fallen into a pattern of fear. Fear of change, fear of failure and fear of commitment. So many of us have a little bit of George inside of us - we're set in our ways and afraid to chase after our dreams.
I donned my own proverbial chicken suit to face my fears and insecurities about tackling such a huge production - and I am beyond grateful that I was able to bring this story to fruition. I am both honored and humbled by the amazing, talented and supportive Cast and Crew that made this journey possible.