ONE SMALL HITCH
U.S.A., 2013, 105 mins, Color (Language)
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Director: John Burgess Screenwriter: Dode Levenson Producer: Brett Henenberg Director of Photography: Tari Segal Editor: Ryan Koscielniak Composer: Cody Westheimer Cast: Shane McRae, Aubrey Dollar, Daniel J. Travanti, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Ron Dean, Mary Jo Faraci, Robert Belushi, Rebecca Spence, Heidi Johanningmeier
On a flight home to Chicago for a family wedding, childhood friends Josh and Molly innocently agree to fake a wedding engagement to make Josh's dying father happy. Things quickly get out of hand with their two boisterous families, and a series of events causes them to pretend to be a couple and start planning a phony wedding. When the playacting begins to foster real feelings, the two must make some serious decisions: Split up and return to their lives in LA, or make a life as a couple back in Chicago?
John Burgess Burgess is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of USC's School of Cinema-Television, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in producing and directing. His undergraduate studies were completed at Illinois State University. Burgess began his career as an intern in the marketing & publicity department of Lucasfilm Ltd. in 1998. While at Lucasfilm, he helped to prepare for the release of Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He returned to Chicago to study at Acting Studio Chicago, and work as a producer with RPD Entertainment on interactive game commercials for Tom Clancy's Red Storm Entertainment and Konami. In 2008, Burgess started Principle Entertainment named after his USC graduate thesis film, The Powder Puff Principle, starring Clint Howard, Richard Gilliland, Kevin Kilner, Art Lafleur, and Linda Blair. His graduate short was the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner of the Haydenfilms On-line Film Festival. He also received Accolade Awards for both Excellence in Production and Direction on the film. Burgess marks his feature film debut with One Small Hitch in both the directing and producing realms. Thus far, the film has won “Best Picture Comedy” at The California Independent Film Festival, “Best Picture Comedy” at Sedona International Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at Omaha Film Festival, and “Best Picture Comedy” at Cinequest.
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A writer/director/actor based in Sydney, Taylor completed an mLitt in English Literature at Sydney University in 2009, and studied at Screenwise. Stage plays include Butterkeks, Hillary Hillary Hillary & Terror on the Northside (Best Script, Best New Talent & Best Overall Production at the Sydney Short and Sweet Festival 2008). Short films include Ophelia, Terror on the Northside, Germany, The Palace, Connected, Distant Thunder, Brittany, Garbo, Ave Maria, The Future & Date With Fate.