Make Yourself at Home

What initially seems like a standard break-in has unexpected consequences for both victim and robber alike. A comedic, LGBTQ+ take on the noir genre.

  • Lesley Powers
  • Taylor Gates
  • Phil Svitek
  • Lesley Powers
  • Briana Phipps
    Key Cast
  • Amy Cassandra Martinez
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, LGBT
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Lesley Powers

Lesley Powers is a narrative filmmaker based in Los Angeles by way of Nashville. She is currently a judge for the 2019 Circle City Film Festival, a former panel coordinator for the Bentonville Film Festival, and a Nashville Film Festival 2015 Horizon Award nominee for her first short film, "Mr. Johnson’s Julius Caesar." She was also recognized as the winner of Best Director, Best Short, and Audience Award at the 2017 Middle Tennessee 54 Hour Film Festival.

Currently, Lesley is gearing up to direct her 6th short film, "Thunder Thighs," about a young girl who is obsessed with the non-existent gap in her thighs. Her comedic short "Make Yourself at Home" and dramatic short "Drafted" are currently on the festival circuit. "Drafted" premiered at the Franklin Film Festival last November.

Previously, Powers’ short "Downline" premiered at the Nashville Independent Film Festival and the Rendezvous Film Festival in Florida in 2018.

Lesley is a graduate of Indiana University and paid homage to her hometown of Indianapolis by naming her production company NAPTOWN ENTERTAINMENT.

Lesley’s goals include directing for a single-cam television show, directing her first feature film by 2021, continuing to write original content, and growing her production company to eventually mentor up-and-coming female filmmakers.

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Director Statement

I had a blast working on this film with so many amazing females--our crew consisted of over 90% women! That alone was a huge reason why I wanted to direct "Make Yourself at Home." Our fearless writer and executive producer was adamant about telling a comedic story about two women meeting in the strangest of circumstances. The film ultimately turned out to be a really funny meet-cute for our two female characters. Our actors were a pleasure to work with, and they delivered such sweet and honest performances. I’m proud to be supporting the LGBTQ+ community through this film, and I hope audiences enjoy it!