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West Park

On their way to their father's funeral, two estranged siblings rekindle their relationship through a visit to their old, family-owned roller rink.

  • Stuart Elmore
  • Stuart Elmore
  • Jack Pickard
  • Stuart Elmore
  • Mika Santiaguel
  • Anna Ragland
  • Kristi Alsip
    Key Cast
    "Kathy Nelson"
  • Neil O'Callaghan
    Key Cast
    "Paul Nelson"
  • Lauren Laverdiere
    Key Cast
    "Young Kathy"
  • Nick Fatout
    Key Cast
  • Chandler Smith
    Key Cast
    "Young Paul"
  • Ryan Winnicki
    Director of Photography
  • Alex Wilson
    1st Assistant Director
  • Jeffrey Sweeney
    2nd Assistant Director
  • Paige Grable
    Production Designer
  • Morgan Miesiac
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Stuart Elmore

Born and raised in Huntington Indiana, Stuart Elmore is a writer/director currently based out of Chicago Illinois. He was surrounded by the arts of his high school where he participated in numerous media classes. He studied Music Media Production and Telecommunications at Ball State University where he continued to explore his love for filmmaking. He then attended Columbia College Chicago's MFA Cinema Directing program where he directed and worked on numerous projects and short films.

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Director Statement

The story of West Park is inspired by my family's roller rink that we've kept in the family since 1973 when it was opened by my grandfather. Our family has always been fairly close as we all live nearby in the small town of Huntington Indiana. Throughout our growth, we've had some ups and downs as all families do, but the one constant has always been our roller rink. We host numerous family reunions there, as well as birthday parties, graduation parties, and get togethers for our community. The siblings in the film reflect different personalities of family members I've grown up with to show that even if we end up losing the roller rink for whatever reason, we can always unite around each other as a family. That is ultimately what I hope to achieve with this film for wider audiences, to realize that we don't need these physical tokens/symbols to keep our family together, just being a family can and should be enough.