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Pepper: Ricochet

The next thrilling chapter with ex-CIA super spy Pepper and her Boys Friday continues! Target practice with beer cans after being held hostage by a Russian mobster has Pepper and Bald Sam running for their lives after a sniper shreds memories of their CIA-past into pieces.

  • Caris Vujcec
    The Pepper Project, Cenote
  • Caris Vujcec
    The Pepper Project Pilot
  • Cartis Vujcec, Joshua Friedman, Amy Cetrulo, Rachel Oglesby
    The Pepper Project Pilot
  • Caris Vujcec
    Key Cast
    The Pepper Project Pilot; Law & Order SVU; P.S. I Love You;
  • Sidney Williams
    Key Cast
    The Pepper Project Pilot
  • Scott Janes
    Key Cast
    The Pepper Project Pilot
  • Maxon Davis
    Key Cast
    "Russian Operative"
    The Pepper Project Pilot
  • James Parsons
    Director of Photography
    The Pepper Project Pilot; Blacklist
  • Matthew G. Matossian
    First Assistant Camera
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Thriller Drama Suspense Action
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • die Seriale Digital Festival
Director Biography - Caris Vujcec

Caris is a NYC-based storyteller and filmmaker with a career spanning Broadway, television and original content creation. With a passion for narratives highlighting dynamic, powerful and vulnerable, multi-faceted female leads, she created, wrote, executive produced, co-directed and leads the cast in the international award-winning digital series, The Pepper Project.

The series, having screened to much acclaim at numerous festivals and in competitions worldwide, was ranked the #1 U.S. digital series in the 2017 Web Series World Cup, and has won and been nominated for over 30 awards. Festivals include: New Jersey Web Festival, Best Director and Outstanding Thriller; Baltimore Next Media Web Fest, Best Dramatic Actress; Brooklyn Web Fest, Best Drama Series; Dances With Films; die Seriale, Best Actress; Austin Web Fest, Best Actress, Sound Design, Audience Choice; Sicily Web Fest, War/Action/Adventure; Miami Web Fest, Best Suspense/Thriller; Bilbao Web Fest - Starlet AMETS; ITVFEST, and LA FEMME.

In development: Four narrative and one reality project.

Caris passionately believes in and supports indie-creator content, having presented and served on Jury Panels at such U.S.-based and International Festivals as: die Seriale, Germany - Official Jury, 2019, and Pitch Deck Creation Workshop; International Creator Panel, 2017; Minnesota Web Fest, Jury 2018, 2019; Sicily Web Fest, International Creator Panel, 2017; Austin Web Fest, Female Filmmaker Panel, 2017.




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Director Statement

New York City. The Chrysler and Empire State buildings pierce the sky, encouraging us to reach for our dreams, while screeching subways underground expose an often harsh, gritty reality. Such is the life of a New York City actor pursuing a career - highs and lows, bright light and dark spaces.

I've been a professional-working actress for over twenty-five years and, in the NYCmarket, I've been working in episodic television and film for over twenty. During this time, I noticed a trend in women's roles for which I was auditioning and sometimes playing: many female characters lacked dimension. While perhaps that's not surprising, it's also obviously inaccurate. If the woman possessed any degree of authority, often the character description itself heavily-referenced a 'bitchy-quality." In contrast, an incredibly-helpless, weak and insecure "victim-quality" depicted a woman who was remotely vulnerable. Interestingly, I don't find these single faceted-females to be among the women I know, associate with, or even encounter on a daily basis. The lack of variety, complexity, dimension and concern for character development to me was astounding.

Having a great passion to collaborate with colleagues with whom I had grown to admire, appreciate and enjoy working with, and to simply act more than I was, I sought to sharply create a female-spy thriller with an edgy, messy, sexy, vulnerable and strong leading woman - hence my sensitive 'Badass' Pepper – and to tell her story with class, grit, style, elegance and brilliance.

My goal, clearly, was both challenging and exciting. There was passion. There was need. And it exploded. I've created a complex, strong female lead character, who presents an excellent and identifiable role model for women of many ages, on a painful and relatable journey to unravel her past, with equally-interesting, complex co-characters on their own journeys. Quasi-action, quasi-nouveau-noir - as I have termed the style we created in the pilot episode - that is compelling and authentic. It is significant to note the number of women who worked in key positions on The Pepper Project Pilot. We are thrilled to boast numerous fantastic females in decision-making positions alongside our male colleagues, which afforded an amazing collaboration and balanced perspective in the storytelling. With an outstanding crew of 30- plus, we shot over two weekends in New York City and a beautiful remote location upstate. A true collaborative effort from "chili to sriracha,” I am proud of the second spicy badass chapter we've created, and look forward to telling more of Pepper's unique yet universal story - exploring the highs and lows, bright light and dark spaces that both New York and a deep, personal journey afford.