Private Project

Speakeasy to Me

A love story set during the era of Prohibition during the 1920's.
Charlie, a federal agent, falls in love with Elizabeth, a speakeasy owner. The complications continue, as Charlie is trying to prove himself to the force. He's the newbie and the youngest one on the squad. Federal Agent Hutchins, Charlies superior, oversees his men and is ambitious on making New York City a dry city.
Hutchins ambitions make him a dangerous man. Additionally, Charlie has to deal with Elizabeth's business partner, Frank, an obsessive man who wants nothing more than Elizabeth in his mitts.

  • Alexa Polar
    America Foreclosed
  • Alexa Polar
    Meet Me After School
  • Robin Pabello
    America Foreclosed
  • Alexa Polar
    America Foreclosed
  • Robert Michael Anderson
    Key Cast
    Pretty Little Liars, Neighbors, The Newsroom
  • Tara Maureen Browne
    Key Cast
    Janky, Kiss Me Again
  • Richard Lewis Warren
    Key Cast
  • Julian J. Fernandez
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Musical, Drama, Period
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, CA
    April 26, 2015
    North America Premiere
  • Indiana Short Film Festival
    Danville, Indiana
    October 9, 2015
  • Marche Du Film - Festival De Cannes
    Cannes, France
    May 12, 2016
Director Biography - Alexa Polar

Alexa was born in Lima, Peru. She was raised in Long Beach, California. The only daughter of six, to parents Roberto and Carmen Polar. She was an English major, and considered pursuing a career in law when she found her true passion and commitment to film. Alexa served a brief but memorable term with the United States Army. She studied film at Orange Coast College, where she received a scholarship under a documentary pitch competition related to social awareness. She pitched the idea for America Foreclosed, and won. After production of America Foreclosed, she began production to her final exit project with her co-student partner and best friend Robin Pabello; whom she always teams up with when filming. Her exit project, an original musical entitled Speakeasy to Me. Alexa has produced a PSA for the California Innocence Project starring Brian Banks, a non-profit organization she feels very passionate about. She also directed a short film entitled the Glass Child to raise awareness towards the Autism. Alexa is considered a philanthropist and enjoys producing films with a message.

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Director Statement

Speakeasy to Me was something I envisioned before I attended Orange Coast College. As I planned out my courses and made my graduation plan,I noticed the final class provided the chance to fully produce and execute a short film as an exit out project. I discussed my plan to film Speakeasy to Me, to the head of the department and to various professors. They all felt I was very ambitious and that my film may not be possible to execute. A musical set during the 1930's is not an easy goal for a film student at a two year college with little to no budget. When I explained that I wanted the ending to take place at a hanger featuring a 1920's airplane, they said green screen would be my only option because finding a hanger and a plane would be impossible. When I finally got close to ending my two years attendance at Orange Coast College, and began prepping for my final class and preparation, I, with my best friend and film partner, Robin Pabello, began pre-production and planning. The first thing we were able to obtain was in fact the 1920's Stearman single propeller airplane, the very same one feature on films like Bubble Boy and Pearl Harbor. We obtained Model T's for the film, authentic movie props (same ones used by Disney), and the music by composer John DelVento. All for little to no budget. Our project was a SAG-AFTRA project. We were fortunate enough to obtain some very talented actors, all who could sing! And were able to recruit dedicated crew members, all Orange Coast College students. It was all a dream come true. A project that many said was impossible, became possible. I'm very proud of what was achieved and the outcome, and I plan to take it as far as I can.