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LIFT

What would you do when your own conscience that goes by the name of Jimmy the trickster makes you earn money using a miraculous app called LIFT that sets you on an ethereal journey where you'll overcome your own ego, find true love and finally realize your dream?

  • Alexander Kaminer
    Director
    Alexander's debut as a director
  • Alexander Kaminer
    Writer
  • Katherine Lujan
    Producer
  • Alexander Kaminer
    Producer
  • Johan Stein
    Key Cast
    “Misha Freedman”
    Lift
  • Yumarie Morales
    Key Cast
    “Rachel”
    SWAT
  • Alexander Kaminer
    Key Cast
    “Jimmy”
    Barry, HBO
  • Lily D. Moore
    Key Cast
    “Bella”
    Teachers
  • Ilya Volok
    Key Cast
    “Ivan”
    Mission Impossible
  • Lilly Warhammer
    Key Cast
    “Two-Spirit”
    Viva Diva
  • Lisa Goodman
    Key Cast
    “Gayle”
    The Russian Bride
  • Joey Naber
    Key Cast
    “Mohamed”
    The Brave
  • Jim Boeven
    Key Cast
    “Quil”
    Tatort
  • David Cooley
    Key Cast
    “Chills”
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Omono Okojie
    Key Cast
    “Judy”
    Gook
  • Claire Engler
    Key Cast
    “Haya”
    A.N.T. Farm
  • Dan Shaked
    Key Cast
    “Martin”
    Age of the Living Dead
  • Cary Thompson
    Key Cast
    “Miles”
    Everybody Hates Chris
  • Yasmin Sahid
    Key Cast
    “Sandra”
    Cupid's Match
  • Rose Wakesho
    Key Cast
    “Bola”
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Paul Hansen
    Key Cast
    “Harold”
    The Great Outdoors
  • Anita Khanzadian
    Key Cast
    “Stacy”
    Director at Interact Theatre Company
  • Jackie Falcon
    Key Cast
    “Jen”
    Lockdown
  • Joe Sachem
    Key Cast
    “Zach”
    Modern Family
  • Amy Garis
    Key Cast
    “Bella”
    L.A. Confidential
  • Anthony Batarse
    Key Cast
    “Mustafa”
    Three Kings
  • Film Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    comedy, drama, artistic, arthouse, etherial, lyft, uber, ridesharing
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Nikon D810
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Mystic Film Festival
    Mystic, CT
    United States
    October 5, 2019
    New England Premier
    Grand Jury Prize
  • Eurasia International Film Festival
    Moscow, Russia
    Russian Federation
    April 25, 2019
    Russian Premier
    Best Feature Film
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Palm Springs, CA
    United States
    July 13, 2019
    Palm Springs
    Gold Winner Best Comedy
  • SouthEast Regional Film Festival
    Jacksonville, FL
    United States
    February 1, 2019
    Florida
    Best Writing - LIFT
  • Anaheim International Film Festival
    Anaheim, CA
    United States
    May 19, 2019
    Anaheim
    Best Drama Award
  • Emerge Film Festival of Maine
    Maine
    United States
    October 3, 2019
    Maine
    Best Feature Film
  • Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest
    Chicago
    United States
    December 25, 2019
    MidWest Premier
    Tarkovsky Award / Nominated Best Director
  • Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest
    Chicago
    United States
    December 25, 2019
    MidWest Premier
    Tonino Guerra Award / Nominated Best Screenplay
Director Biography - Alexander Kaminer

Alexander Kaminer was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. After the national conflict, his parents fled to Israel where they settled as new immigrants. There he graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and soon enough was dispatched to the military service. After demobilization, fortune played his way and he ended up in Los Angeles. In his early teen years Alexander thought about writing and even tried to write a novel. Only after he arrived in Los Angeles did he finally go back to it. While writing, he was very intrigued by the idea of characterization of his own heroes, began impersonating them and fell in love with the process. He studied with Jack Colvin (reporter Jack McGee in "The Incredible Hulk" television franchise) for six years and mastered the famous Michael Chekhov acting technique. You can catch him on LifeTime channel, in Patricia Cardoso's, "Lies in Plain Sight", "MacGyver", "The Brave", various commercials and theatre plays and a recurring character in HBO's acclaimed series Barry. In addition to his stage and film career, Alexander Kaminer is an accomplished voice over actor and a stuntman (SEAL Team). In 2017, with the help and vision of his wife, Katherine Lujan, Alexander formed his own movie company, Kaminer Studios. Its goal is to fuse quality art films with social issues of today. The company will concentrate on projects with a social-cultural orientation and address phenomena that reflects the essence of human existence. LIFT is the company's first feature length production and Alexander's debut as a director.

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Director Statement

LIFT is raw and unpredictable. It screams to find itself in this world, like a newborn child whose mother's womb can no longer supply. It comes out of its own will to survive and live; its matter is uncontrollable, a creation of its self, it must be and it has to reach.

With the rapid development of technology and ride-sharing apps, we’ve created this unique film that works for a wide audience, with brand-in possibilities targeting many businesses.

LIFT not only follows great examples of independent filmmaking, but also a proven concept that works well. This film was based on a no-budget concept that looks like a million dollar picture. It’s a great example how we can actualize our films using today’s technology.

Tangerine was shot entirely on iPhones to save on expensive cameras. It was made for $40K and grossed $701,837 in the US. Isn’t it also a great example how independent filmmakers can realize their films through today’s technology?

Taxi Teheran! This film’s budget comprises of a cost of a camera set in the car, a taxi cab rental and some gas money! It grossed $321,642 in the US and $668,007 in Europe! A great way to make a film!

I wrote LIFT in a week and it was one of those scripts that screamed to come out of me. Nothing was forced and thought of, it simply wrote itself onto the script. In the beginning we tried to raise money, but all in vein and I've abandoned the project for a year.

Then Indie Activity published an article about me (and I still don't know how they found me) and about the process of filmmaking and what it takes and by answering their questions I answered my own doubts and insecurities and then: Alas! I knew how to do it!

I didn't relish in difficulties of making a feature film at all and started researching and building my own gear. I guess my Mechanical Engineering degree came at a use after all! haha

A friend of mine consulted me on a couple of sound issues. We tested it and then rigged the interior of my daughter's car with lapel mics - all four of them and a zoom H4N as a back up.

Then I used my iPad as a monitor and a Tether Tools WiFi element to connect and control my Nikon D810 which was mounted on the hood of the car and secured by strap belts. Oi!

Here's the fun part! I was in the trunk of the car the whole time! Once the actors were inside, I said, "action!" and we drove around Los Angeles as a little production house on the wheels and made LIFT!