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Breeding Grounds

Breeding Grounds is a short film and transmedia project about a trio of World War III survivors who trade their procreative services for a chance at a new life in a safe haven. The film chronicles their first 80 days at Eastern Reach, a former government facility that evolved into a thriving community devoted to repopulating America. In a world with few people and very few men, Doctor Aubrey Mullins leads the community by imposing a new social order predicated on people joining a triple relationship—“two women, one man, and all the children you can bear”—as Sister Aubrey says in the community propaganda. Members who fail to produce are returned to the savage circumstances outside the walls of Eastern Reach.

  • Mark Chandler
    The True Artist
  • Jeff Barber
    The True Artist
  • Bob Freeman, Jeff Barber
    The True Artist, A Brand New You
  • Tabitha Bastien
    Key Cast
  • Telisa Steen
    Key Cast
  • Matt Dy
    Key Cast
  • Pearl Klein
    Key Cast
  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5183820
    Breeding Grounds on IMDB
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 4, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    1080p RAW
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • NewFilmakers NY
    New York
    United States
    February 17, 2016
    NYC Premiere
  • Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival
    Seattle, WA
    United States
    July 29, 2016
    Seattle Festival Premiere
Director Biography - Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler has been interested in film since he was a young boy, making short disaster movies using roller coaster models with his brother Paul. He and his brother would sneak into the multiplex theatres and watch 3 or 4 films on a Saturday every weekend. As a teenager Mark wrote and starred in a number of plays that were performed at various venues. As an adult, Mark studied acting at Freehold Theatre in Seattle, Washington. He was invited to join the board of directors and eventually become board president. He took TheFilmSchool Seattle’s intensive screenwriting bootcamp and then Freehold’s Advanced Directing course.

Breeding Grounds, 2015 Short Director
The True Artist, 2014 Short Director
Dance Monkey, 2014 Short Director, Producer
SWAPPED, 2014 Short Director, Producer
Police Beat, 2005 Feature Actor

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Director Statement

I’ve always been interested in science fiction especially dystopian futures that present a specific stress on the human condition that forces behavior out of the norm. This is especially poignant if the stress relates to something that could or is starting to happen in current society. To take that stress and determine many of the ramifications helps to identify the core aspects of what makes us human.

In Breeding Grounds we explore some aspects of what might happen after a devastating war that has decimated the male population relative to females and how society as it exists deals with the core human desire of reproduction to repopulate itself. As today’s traditional family structures are being challenged we explore the ramifications when breeding is the primary driver of society.