Experiencing Interruptions?

Jane Doe

A pair of detectives pursue an elusive predator kidnapping women in the San Fernando Valley when they stumble across a victim uncertain she wants to be saved.

Jane Doe examines the loss of identity when mental, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse occurs. What actions are justifiable to prevent the loss of self in a battle of wills and the abuse of power?

  • Brett Rickaby
  • Brett Rickaby
  • John Elsen
  • Brett Rickaby
  • Amanda Lamberti
  • Paola Deocampo
  • Paul Kampf
    Imprisoned, Me Too, From Grace
  • Brett Rickaby
    Key Cast
    Castle Rock, Dexter, True Blood, Shameless, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Crazies
  • Amanda Lamberti
    Key Cast
    "Jane Doe"
    Trap, Detroit, Knights of Swing, Dark Tomorrow
  • Paola Deocampo
    Key Cast
    "Lt. Juarez"
    Moo News, Reunion
  • John Elsen
    Key Cast
    "Sgt. Hermz"
    Meet the Parents, The Sopranos, Law & Order
  • Rene Jung
    Imprisoned, From Grace, Amnesia: Who Are You
  • Helena Barrett
    GLOW, Twin Peaks, True Detective
  • Sean Beavan
    Lost Highway, June, Death Valley
  • Juliette Beavan
    Lion's Den, June, Death Valley
  • Kevin Egeland
    Art Direction
    Dexter, Castle, The Good Place, Strong Medicine
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  • Genres:
    thriller, drama, women, crime
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 2, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    28,700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Brett Rickaby

Brett Rickaby - Biography

Brett Rickaby is a veteran actor of 80 films and television shows. He has carved out a niche playing primarily emotionally charged psychos and other ne’er-do-wellian types. Earlier in his career, after numerous television appearances, he landed the role of The Riddler in CBS’s Return To The Batcave. The warped, iconic Riddler established Rickaby as a true character actor with a knack for playing oddball, quirky and often frightening characters.
Probably best known for his work in The Crazies, Zodiac, Bad Blood, and as deranged serial killer Graham Sutter in Bereavement, his other feature credits include: Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die in the West as gunslinger Charlie Blanche, his turn as NSA agent Ray Berry in the spy-thriller Tentacle 8, The Axe Murders of Villisca, On The Doll, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog and Cursed.
This past year, audiences saw Rickaby cause trouble on ABC’s The Rookie, switch sides and play the part of a lawman in Stephen King’s Castle Rock, play sad-sack restaurateur Barley in Broken Sidewalk, perform on stage in Brandon Jacob-Jenkins vital play An Octoroon at Chautauqua Theater Company; and write, direct and produce Love Takes A Stand at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Soon he can be seen as a low-level consigliere in the upcoming film Where Sleeping Dogs Lie.
On the small screen, ‘creepy guy’ Rickaby has guest starred or recurred in over 50 television shows including The Orville, Shameless, Criminal Minds, Fear The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Longmire, Dexter, C.S.I., NCIS, True Blood, and Southland.
The son of a dairy farmer, Rickaby grew up in rural Minnesota. He received a BFA from University of Minnesota, Duluth. There he won numerous honors including The National Irene Ryan Award and was awarded a full scholarship to NYU, where he completed his MFA.
Following his studies, Rickaby worked on stage in New York and regionally in such theaters as The Public, The Roundabout, New York Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Soho Rep, Asolo, La Mama and The American Jewish Theater. Director Nicolas Hytner cast Rickaby as Jigger Craigin in the national tour of Carousel. Rickaby helped originate The Bottle House, a play comprised of Sam Shepard short stories at The Public Theater in New York.
Rickaby has been teaching on-camera acting for over 15 years. He opened Inside Job Acting Studio in 2013 (presently on writing hiatus). In 2006, he created a personal production company for actors called Oracle Filmworks. Rickaby was one of the Co-Founders of NYU’s West Coast Collective. His plays 70 Dollars to a Bus Ride Home and Asylum were produced at the Hudson Avenue Theatre and The Court Theatre in Los Angeles, respectively. In addition to his plays, he has published five books on different topics.
Brett, his wife, and their two children live in Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

Filmmaker Ken Burns said, “I believe it is the artist's responsibility to lead people into hell. But I also believe it's important to lead the way out.” I differ from Mr. Burns in that I also believe an artist should lead his audience into hell, but believe it is important to allow the audience to find their own way out. My job is to make sure I have left them a sufficient rope to climb.
About Jane Doe:
We all have tormentors.
Mine was six-foot-four, nitroglycerine in his blood, a forest fire to all in his circumference. Drank from the moment he woke up in the morning until the moment he went to bed. His actions affected everyone in his path. The entire family was to some extent ill. His oppression I endured... and then applied. In time, I would encounter more people who would make me their subject. Worse, discover those I would make mine.
It happens. An alcoholic. A grandfather. A president.
Jane Doe is fallout. We go about the world mentally, emotionally, sometimes physically subjugating others to the whims and currents of desire – a clash of wills, and the tyranny of the victor.
What remains? Jane Doe. A proselyte and disciple of despair. An underling who clings to the belly of the beast. A smudge wiped clean of identity and autonomy.
This is a story about power. And oppression. It is the story of the underside of a hammer.
It is universal, the dance of oppressor and oppressed. Played out daily a million times in relationships worldwide. What’s our common ground? For my part, I am content to stop smashing things.