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Donor Baby

Sam is just another donor-conceived child who gave up hope of ever finding her donor-dad. Until one day she gets a call that could change her life forever.

  • Sean-James Murphy
    Director
    Danger 5, American Woman, Fun Mom Dinner
  • Lauren Caster
    Writer
  • Lauren Caster
    Producer
  • Sean-James Murphy
    Producer
  • Lauren Caster
    Key Cast
    "Sam"
    Stitchers, HitRECord on TV, In Embryo
  • TJ Power
    Key Cast
    "Bryan"
    Eat Pray Love, The Sapphires, Offspring
  • Adam Cardon
    Key Cast
    "David"
    Arrested Development, Sons of Liberty, Days of Our Live
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dramedy, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9, 4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Sean-James Murphy

Sean-James Murphy is an Irish/Australian director and actor living in Los Angeles.
After graduating from L'ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris he then went on to work as an actor, and is best known for starring in the cult TV series DANGER 5, along with AMERICAN WOMAN and FUN MOM DINNER. He owns an acting studio in Los Angeles where he coaches award-winning actors in film and television.
He also worked with GLAAD to direct and produce a PSA with Australian’s leading actors in support Marriage Equality vote.
He’s an advocate for his fellow red hot gingers, LGBQT rights, and his loyal pug Louie.

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Director Statement

As a first time filmmaker I set myself an ambitious goal: shoot a film in one weekend, with only 12 hours of filming & a tiny budget.
My guerrilla filmmaking tactics paid off, because we were able to create a short film I am really proud of.

Learning as I went along, I broke so many of the traditional rules of filmmaking, which felt incredibly liberating. After working as an actor for so long, I had observed that there seemed to be only one way to make a film; and that way was incredibly expensive and out of reach. But with a lot of passion and a talented cast and crew we created DONOR BABY.

Donor Baby is a very personal story, based on the real life experience of our lead actor Lauren Caster, and her own search to find her ‘bio-dad’.

I know so many beautiful families who were created using a donor sperm or donor egg.

My hope is that the film promotes discussion around the rights of donor-conceived children and their innate desire to known where they come from.