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Millicent & Me and The Apple Tree

Ella, an impoverished chimney sweep in Hollywood, finds Millicent, a lonely mouse puppet on Hollywood Blvd. Ella's realistic world is brought into musical fantasy as Ella is inspired by Millicent to explore her biggest wish ever: her wish of becoming a ... movie star!

  • Heidi Schooler
  • John Beaton Hill
  • Based on a story by Jules Feiffer /from musical "The Apple Tree".
  • Heidi Schooler
    Key Cast
    "Ella/Passionella & Millicent "
  • Serene Zloof
    Key Cast
    "Dreamer Girl"
  • Lauren Simon
    Key Cast
  • Tony Mouleart
    Key Cast
    "Angry Car Owner"
  • Shila Ommi
  • Serene Zloof
  • Heidi Schooler (additional writing)
  • John Beaton Hill (additional writing)
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - John Beaton Hill

John Beaton Hill is an award winning filmmaker, and operates his production company, Galaxy/Ad Infinitum. A graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut,

John brings a unique depth of talent and commitment to every project in development. John has a range of experience in production, including producing and acquisitions [as Director of Development and Acquisitions for Iron Entertainment], and casting, and has written several screenplays, "Killing Jane Doe" and "The Devil's Lottery".
John worked closely with screenwriter Mardik Martin and studied with Milton Katselas and Jeffery Tambor at The Beverly Hills Playhouse, along with Byrne and Joyce Piven at the Piven Theater Workshop in Chicago.
John produced a number of short films before writing, directing, and producing the accomplished festival short, "Meter Maids Anonymous" starring Kurt Fuller, and did the same for the feature "The Wolves of Savin Hill," winning the prestigious Chris Brinker Award (most outstanding first feature film) at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival. "Wolves" was accepted into the 2015 Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival in Los Angeles, winning for Best Feature Film; and Best Supporting Actress at the 2015 Action on Film Festival.

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Director Statement

I first saw Heidi Schooler perform a live version of “Millicent & Me and The Apple Tree” as a stage performance as part of an Industry community we both belong to called, We Make Movies, in Jan 2018.
She was to perform a medley of two songs for a one-night show from the Broadway musical, “The Apple Tree”, in town. I thought her comedic portrayal of the characters had amazing energy, and really popped on stage, and I thought it would also make a great short film.

Heidi had originally added some aspects to the performance that showed her VO talent (in the character of ‘Millicent’), and we feel this version continues to come to life and presents this as a modern-day fairytale of sorts.

With Heidi producing, and myself directing, we together wrote and shaped a surrounding story for the lead character, ‘Ella’, and all that she experiences here in Hollywood, expanding on the original theme of the musical’s story.

It’s a poignant comedy that everyone can relate to, since we all have dreams, no matter how big or small, that we need to keep striving for…and that we’re always hoping to fulfill…