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Pickup Lie

After her crush chooses a sorority girl over her, Kris uses time-traveling drugs to rewrite her romantic fate and claim his heart.

  • Robert Sturdevant
    YouTube Creator, The Action Brick
  • Robert Sturdevant
  • Amina Alzouma
    Key Cast
    I Am Frankie, Grey's Anatomy
  • Emma Galbraith
    Key Cast
    Inbetween Girl
  • Max Brown
    Key Cast
    Felix Has a Dream
  • Finley Riter
    Key Cast
    The Secret that Binds Us
  • Ethan Dulaney
    Director of Photography
    Tick Tongue
  • McKenna Matus
    Production Designer/Costumer
    Ultraviolence (2023)
  • Timothy Shortell
  • Erin Croom
    Assistant Director/Sound
  • Ella Gibbs
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Occidental College
Director Biography - Robert Sturdevant

Robert Sturdevant is a recent film graduate of Occidental College who received Departmental Distinction for his senior comprehensives film Pickup Lie. He is best known for his stop-motion work on the YouTube channel The Action Brick.

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Director Statement

PICKUP LIE takes some of the magic of Groundhog Day and Fifty First Dates and applies it to the 21st century dating scene. Pickup Lie begs the question of how one finds meaningful relationships in a culture that emphasizes superficial flash and the idea of finding "the One." In addition to exploring themes of love versus validation, my film also aims to defy the status quo of the dating scene by showing a world where women are expected to make the first move.