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A Short Film

Unexpected Gaieties

Emiliana Ammirata, Cinematographer

Year: Sophomore

Major: Film Production, Cinematography emphasis

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Favorite quote: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."


I admire this project because it's something that I've never seen done before and an idea that I have great faith in. I believe that through comedy, there will be more acceptance and appreciation of the LGBTQ community. Thanks for donating to this project, we are very humbled!

Our Team

Unit Production Manager: Alexandra Kern






Message from the Director


Will Simmons, Location Manager

Year: Sophomore

Major: Creative Producing

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Favorite Quote: "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."


I wanted to be a part of the project because of its perspective on friendship. Is it actually possible for friends to remain close despite moral differences? Thank you for your consideration to donate.

Alice Tsui, Director

Year: Junior

Major: Film Production, Directing emphasis

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Favorite quote: "Do you, and the mainstream will follow."


I love this project because it makes fun of Hollywood (and real life) stereotypes about the LGBT community, a community I am very passionate about. Thank you so much for your contribution! We appreciate it more than you know!

Julie Brown, Editor 
Year: Junior
Major: Television and Broadcast Journalism, Narrative emphasis
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
Favorite Quote: "In the end, you are who you are, no matter how much you appear to have changed."


I am excited to be a part of this project because it is entertaining and fun, while also dealing with a serious issue that is very important to me - homophobia. Thank you very much for donating!

Claudia Marino, Producer

Year: Junior

Major: Creative Producing

Hometown: Flemington, NJ

Favorite Quote: “Say yes, and you'll figure it out later.”


I’m excited to work on a film that sheds a light on important issues within our society and leaves people with an important lesson on acceptance and love. Thank you so much for your contribution to our film.

Sammi Scotto, Production Designer

Year: Senior

Major: Production Design

Hometown: Lake Forest, CA

Favorite Quote: "Fall down seven times, stand up eight."


I love this story; I'm very passionate about diversity in the film industry both story wise and crew wise so working on a girl driven story with a girl director/producer/DP is really exciting for me. I can't wait to PD an entire wedding, it's something I've never done before and I look forward to the challenge.

Hey, you.


     My name is Alice Tsui, director of “Unexpected Gaieties” (I still have to consciously think about the spelling of that word every time I write it). A little bit about me: I'm currently a junior at Chapman University in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, majoring in Film Production with an emphasis in directing. I used to be an education major, but then I worked on my first movie set, and it changed everything, and I applied to switch to film immediately, and I didn't tell my parents, and people told me it would be impossible to get in, and I peed myself waiting for three months, and then I got in, and... well, here I am.


     I guess I'll say a few “fun facts”-- do people even like fun facts? Anyway, I love chinchillas, anything mint green, Orange Is The New Black, and zombies (but I hate horror, if that makes any sense). Some of my hobbies include phot-

Meghan Fasano, Writer

Year: Junior

Major: Screenwriting

Hometown: Downers Grove, IL


Daniel Woo, 1st Assistant Director

Year: Sophomore

Major: Film Production, Directing emphasis

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Favorite Quote: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."


As film students, we view this film as an opportunity to continue learning and practicing the cinematic arts. With your support, we will be blessed with the necessary resources to bring this team's vision to life. We appreciate your generous assistance in helping us make this film possible.

ography, singing (I'm in an a cappella group), and bartending. I cry when I laugh really hard. I longboard everywhere, but I suck at riding bikes. I own a lot of shirts with food printed on it. I'm really ticklish.


     What I really want to say though, is thank you. Thank you for supporting my film and my cast and my crew, and a message that means so much to me. I myself identify as bisexual, and I'm such a strong advocate for the LGBT community. I think the way that LGBT characters (and minorities in general) are currently being portrayed in the media is problematic, and my life purpose is to change that. My aim is to give a proper voice to those who are so often muted. We are all beautifully human in our own right, despite our distinctions, and I think the world would be a much better place if we all remembered that.


     Your support means everything to me. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but to me, it feels like some random stranger is floating down from the sky to give me a little encouraging pat on the head, and it's filling me with so much life and motivation and inspiration. This may only be one little project, one small step-- but it's the beginning.


     From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your contribution to this project. I appreciate it so much more than you know. We really couldn't do this without you. You drive me to do what I love, and that is changing the world, one story at a time.




An Unexpected Proposal


From all of us, thank you! See your name in the "Special Thanks" portion of our credits.



Receive a hand-signed copy of the script, plus your name in the credits!



Receive a signed copy of the script, a DVD of the final film, and see your name in the credits!



Receive a signed movie poster, a signed script, DVD, and your name in the credits!



Receive a custom tank or T-shirt branded with the film's logo, plus all previous rewards!



Come visit us! Receive a personal invitation to spend one day on our film set (shoot dates April 15-17) and have lunch with our cast and crew! Travel expenses not included. Plus, receive all previous rewards!



"Action, background!" You are specially invited to be featured as an extra in our film, have lunch with our cast and crew, and receive all previous rewards!

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If every single person who visited this site donated just $5, we would be set.  Any contribution is greatly appreciated! We thank you for your time and support.

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