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That's Opportunity Knocking

Two wanna-be thugs attempt to rob an apartment; everything goes awry when the owners show up early for a little late-night sex. A game of cat and mouse ensues.
Rob and Merrit are two desperate men who are struggling to find work and resorting to robbing an apartment. The reluctant criminals use keys from a purse they snatched earlier. They begin to grab the loot, unfortunately for them the girl returns to her apartment with her roommate looking for her missing purse. This is only the start of the problems for the pair of robbers as Tim, the roommate, has plans of his own with Chelsea, the purse owner, and they don’t look to be leaving the apartment anytime soon.

  • Charles Pelletier
    Director
    Critically acclaimed and award winning scripts: The Green Room, Recommended, LA Times, Critic’s Pick, Grigware Talks Theatre; The Boy Who Stood Still, Finalist: Zornio Playwriting Contest; Finalist: Hollywood Gateway Screenplay Contest, Semi-Finalist: Page International Screenwriting Contest, Runner-Up: Find the Funny Screenplay Contest; It’s All About Me, Winner: Songwriter’s Guild of America Musical Comedy Song of the Year
  • Charles Pelletier
    Writer
    Critically acclaimed and award winning scripts: The Green Room, Recommended, LA Times, Critic’s Pick, Grigware Talks Theatre; The Boy Who Stood Still, Finalist: Zornio Playwriting Contest; Finalist: Hollywood Gateway Screenplay Contest, Semi-Finalist: Page International Screenwriting Contest, Runner-Up: Find the Funny Screenplay Contest; It’s All About Me, Winner: Songwriter’s Guild of America Musical Comedy Song of the Year
  • Cynthia Webster
    Producer
    Emmy Award winning cinematographer "Planet Earth"; Palm Springs International Film Festival "Hidden Hills"; "America's Most Wanted"; "Butch Camp"; "It's Only 30 Minutes"
  • Thomas Anawalt
    Key Cast
    Hollywood Fringe Festival "7 Dreams of Falling"; Critically-acclaimed "Occupied" (a short by Arun Narayanan); "Tales of a Junktown Ranger: A Fallout Fan Series"; World record on RecordSetter.com for fastest time to recite "To be or not to be..." while using a Shakeweight USC MFA graduate
  • Satchel Andre
    Key Cast
    Critically-acclaimed "Jitney”; “Juveniles”; “Hustle vs. Heartache”; "Class" USC MFA graduate
  • Charlotte Gulezian
    Key Cast
    Slamdance Film Festival: fearless filmmaking competition selection "Salt Wound"; Winner LADCC best featured actress "Hit The Wall"; "Big Hero 6"; "The Ringleader"; Hollywood Fringe Festival "7 Dreams of Falling"; USC MFA graduate
  • Moronai Kanekoa
    Key Cast
    Critically-acclaimed "Legend of Ko'olau"; OutFest winner "Ten Year Plan"; Film Critics award-winning film "David Whiting Story"; Hollywood Fringe Festival "7 Dreams of Falling"; "Passage to Zarahemla" MFA graduate
  • C. Stephen Foster
    Key Cast
    LA Film Critics award-winning film "David Whiting Story"; Palm Springs International Film Festival "Hidden Hills"; HollyShorts Film Festival "Eternity Hill"; Award Best Actor "BitchSlap!"; Hollywood Fringe Festival "7 Dreams of Falling"; Artistic Director Award and Perry Award nominated "Legends and Bridge"; White Flower award
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    8,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    July 9, 2016
    Best Comedy Short
  • GoWest Fest
    Oakhurst, CA
    United States
    July 17, 2016
    Runner-up Best Comedy
  • Action on Film
    Monrovia,
    United States
    September 4, 2016
    Winner Best Comedy Scene
  • Go Independent DC
    Washington, DC
    United States
    September 11, 2016
    Jury Award
  • Glendale Independent Film Festival
    Glendale,
    United States
    September 30, 2016
    Best Los Angeles Filmmaker Nomination
  • Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival
    Corona, CA
    United States
    October 7, 2016
    Winner Best Comedy & Best Performance by a Cast in a Comedy/Fantasy – Short
Director Biography - Charles Pelletier

Charles Pelletier has directed many works for the stage, and makes his film directing debut with “That’s Opportunity Knocking”. As a writer, he has inked several films and stage works, including the musical The Green Room, which premiered at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse and received glowing reviews in the LA Times (“A bright beaming cherub of a fledging new musical.”) The musical has been produced all over the world to standing ovations everywhere. His children’s musical, The Boy Who Stood Still, was a finalist in the Zornio Playwriting Contest and was produced at the University of New Hampshire. He has several film scripts in pre-production, and has garnered such awards as finalist in the Hollywood Gateway Screenplay Contest, runner-up in the Find the Funny Screenplay Contest, and semi-finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Contest. His song It’s All About Me, was chosen as the Songwriter’s Guild of America Musical Song of the Year. Charles studied music and English at the University of Illinois and Princeton, and has done graduate work in English Literature at Oxford University in England. He is currently Vocal Music Director of all Princess Cruises mainstage productions.

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Director Statement

I was anxious to write a project for some of the very gifted actors I had worked with on a stage production at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, mostly recent graduates of the relatively new USC MFA Acting program, which is churning out some amazing talent. When one of them told me the story of his New York apartment being robbed, it inspired a kind of "tall tale" based on that idea.

Cynthia Webster read the script and was immediately excited about producing it. As a cinematographer, she had won two Emmy’s, so when she agreed to be the DP, it was a perfect scenario for me, as a first-time film director. Since she owned her own studio, we were able to have many rehearsals over a period of weeks, on the set, and find the characters, in the way you would direct a play.

My philosophy is to cast the right people, and stay out of their way. When I first started directing on stage, I was a control freak. Now I try to tweak delicately and only when necessary. The state an actor is in, when he or she is acting well, is vulnerable. I believe great actors will eventually find their way, if given a safe space and a morsel of guidance, but that journey is largely an internal one.

The title. Obviously it works on a few levels, for our various characters, but for me it is more than that. It seems to me there is a vast injustice in the income inequality in America that we all see and feel but don't speak of, which contrasts our present state with that of previous generations, such as the 40s and 50s, when the middle-class was growing. The phrase "That's Opportunity Knocking" has an aroma of that era, and is meant to be an ironic suggestion that life for our five heroes now are not quite what life was then.