Valentine Crush

A roller derby woman gets in a little over her head when she meets her number one fan.

  • Jamie Wede
    Director
  • Leah Simmons
    Writer
  • Jamie Wede
    Executive Producer
  • Leah Simmons
    Producer
  • Jeremy Stevermer
    Producer
  • Andrew MacLean
    Producer
  • Kate Robertson-Pryor
    Key Cast
    "Vicky Valentine"
  • Anthony Hunke
    Key Cast
    "Beau"
  • Sarah Brings Three White Horses
    Key Cast
    "Sneak Easy"
  • Kristen Ford
    Key Cast
    "Knockout Nancy"
  • Eliza "E-Turn" Javaheri
    Key Cast
    "Coach Paine"
  • Cassandra Nixon
    Special Effects/Make up Effects
  • Rasheda Jones
    Head Make Up/Make Up Design
  • Mike Wede
    Co-Producers
  • Beth Jastram
    Co-Producers
  • Linda Rice
    Co-Producers
  • Mike Binger
    Co-Producers
  • Kate Robertson-Pryor
    Associate Producers
  • Tiffany Koch
    Associate Producers
  • Julie Schoolmeester
    Associate Producers
  • Jamie Wede
    Music Coordinator
  • Tara Grimmer
    Assistant Music Coordinator
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 4 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    7.8/1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Haunted Garage's Horror Fest
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    October 23, 2021
    World Premiere
    Winner Best Music; Finalist Best Actress and Best Cinematography
  • The American Horrors Film Festival
    Lake Geneva, WI
    United States
    October 30, 2021
    Wisconsin Premiere
    Finalist
  • Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
    Buffalo, NY
    United States
    November 9, 2021
    New York Premiere
    Finalist Outstanding Short Feature
  • Motor City Legacy Horror Convention and Film Festival
    Romulus, MI (Detroit)
    United States
    March 20, 2022
    Michigan Premiere
    Best Feature
  • The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest
    Bremerton, WA
    United States
    Best Feature, Best Cinematography
  • Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
    Muskogee, OK
    United States
    April 30, 2022
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Domestic Violence Awareness Film Award, Gray Frederickson Producer Award, Finalist for Best THRILLER/HORROR/SCI-FI Feature Award
  • Screen ATX
    Austin, TX
    United States
    Finalist for Best Feature, Finalist for Best Soundtrack
Director Biography - Jamie Wede

Director/Producer Jamie Wede graduated high school in 1994. He attended college his freshmen year at South Dakota State University with an acting and journalism scholarship. In 1995, he transferred to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where he pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies. In January of 1998, he returned to South Dakota and Graduated in December of 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a minor in Theater. In 1999, Jamie produced and directed his first short film, Fata Morgana, shot on 16 mm black and white film. In 2001, he attended the Cannes Film Festival, with Troma Films to promote Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. He would later appear in Troma's documentary, All the Love You Cannes. In 2009, he directed a short film for the 24 Hour Film Project competition in San Francisco. His short "Absolutely, Positively, On-time" won the award for best editing and was runner-up for best cinematography. In 2014, he had a supporting role in the romantic comedy, I Really Hate Coffee, written and directed by Nathan Maas. In 2017, he appeared in Dustin Ferguson's episode of Tales from the Graveyard titled "Demonoids". He would continue to work with Dustin Ferguson with a small role in Nemesis 5 in 2017 and a pivotal role In Conjuring Curse in 2018. In 2019, he played a racist neighbor in the short film, Eat the Rainbow, written, produced, and directed by Brian Benson. In 2020, he started the production company, Strange Trajectory Productions, with co-founder Leah Simmons. He produced, directed, and music supervised their first feature, Valentine Crush, which is expected to be in festivals fall of 2021.

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Director Statement

At the end of February in 2020, my mother passed away. She was very headstrong and never gave up when she set her mind to something. A few weeks later, Leah Simmons sent me a script she was working on and wanted some pointers as I was the only person she knew who went to film school. It was rough, but I could see it in my head, and it was exactly the film I needed to make. After a few revisions, we were ready to start pre-production. I thought making a movie about powerful women would be the best thing I could do to honor the passing of the main matriarchal figure of my life. Not only was I making a film with primarily women characters, I was pushing for women behind the scenes. I decided very early on we needed a hot soundtrack. The soundtrack was only to feature women artists or women fronted bands across multiple genres. While putting together the soundtrack, indie rock artist Kristen Ford and hip hop artist E-Turn (recently awarded best hip hop artist in Orlando) ended up not only contributing to the soundtrack, but also appearing in the film. Behind the camera, we had women working on sound, special effects, make up, production assistants, and still photography. My dream in life, as far as I can remember, was to make a feature film, and I never gave up. In the end, I feel I put together a film my mother would have been proud of. I wish she could have been here to see it.