Trundle and the Lost Borscht of Atlantis

Even though Trundle makes the best borscht in the city, Mr. Murray says he is too hideous to work the counter. But when a Regular wants to thank the chef, Trundle takes matters into his own hands.

Produced by first-time writer Zachary Smolar and first-time director Laura Lee, and shot by award-winning Director of Photography Charlotte Hornsby (HAIR WOLF).

  • Laura Lee
  • Zachary Smolar
  • Laura Lee
    Magic Hour (feature), Whalebone (short)
  • Zachary Smolar
  • Ariel Dreicer
  • Sariel Friedman
  • Daniel Simonsen
    Key Cast
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Patrick Breen
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Murray"
    Galaxy Quest, Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)Sex in the City
  • Marceline Hugot
    Key Cast
    "The Regular"
    30 Rock, The Leftovers, Better Call Saul
  • Joel Figueroa
    No Sudden Move, White Noise
  • Ariel Dreicer
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, romance, fantasy, dark comedy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
    Santa Barbara
    United States
    February 15, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner
    May 24, 2023
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Woods Hole, Massachusetts
    United States
    August 5, 2023
    New England Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Short Com - Film and Animation Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 2, 2023
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 10, 2023
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 16, 2023
    Best Short - May 2023 // Special Guest Screening
  • Bridge Fest
    Best Comedy Short // September 2023
  • Wasteland Film Festival
    Edwards, CA
    United States
    September 30, 2023
    Official Selection
  • New York Shorts International Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    October 14, 2023
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Diego International Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    October 21, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Laura Lee

Laura Lee is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn. As a producer she has produced films, commercial content, and theater, and loves to will art into existence. She is also the artistic director of Access Theater in Tribeca, and the co-producer of the upcoming feature film Magic Hour starring Miriam Shor. Trundle is her directorial debut.

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