Update: The new trailer is up! Also, View productions photos on Flickr.

SEAFARER is an original short film. It’s about floating between adolescence and adulthood. It’s about feeling swallowed up by a big city and yearning for a simpler life. It’s about realizing that every relationship in your life is in transition, from your parents to your partner. It’s about feeling lost and searching. It’s about realizing you are still young and letting go. It’s about getting up one morning and taking off, driving across the country, and landing in the Midwest.

SEAFARER is also about original music, landscapes, community, misspent youth, childhood memories, and the lure of escape. It is told through the eyes of Edie, a 20-something struggling to make it as a singer-songwriter in L.A. After impulsively getting in her car and heading east in the middle of a rough night, Edie ends up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she meets up with Josh, the leader of a reckless band and a ragtag group of friends. Searching for the site of her only memory with her father, Edie spends a few days wandering the Midwest landscapes and the Omaha punk scene as she briefly escapes the young life she’s built for herself.

More than plot, characters and tone will drive the film. We want to capture the small moments and gestures, genuine interactions between people, and the palpable connection between emotions and surroundings to create a feeling of naturalism. The goal is an intimate portrait of a person during a transitional time in her life.

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Melissa Geary (Edie)

Melissa is currently working on her BFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. She plays the organ, guitar, the occasional kick drum, and sings in her band Honeybee. They just finished their debut album Morning, which will come out in the fall of 2010. Honeybee.slumberpartyrecords.com has more information on all of that. She likes to bother her neighbors by writing and recording demos by herself in her apartment. They like when she reads by herself instead.

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Alexia Thiele (Izzie)

Alexia runs her own clothing business called Autopilot Art based in Omaha. She has been designing and constructing one-of-a-kind pieces for over a decade. She maintains a DIY aesthetic in clothes that are hand-dyed, silk-screened, detail stitched, appliquéd, and quilted by Alexia herself. She has used her talent to design tour clothing for bands such as Tilly & the Wall and The Mynabirds. Alexia is a vegan, makes really good popcorn, and has two French bulldogs named Leroy and Margot.

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Lindsay Trapnell (Writer/Director/Producer/DP)

Lindsay is a part-time filmmaker (various short films, music videos for local bands), visual arts & film/video teacher, freelance writer (Venus Zine, local Omaha weeklies), photographer, drummer, and pizza-eater.

She grew up in various Midwest cities, attended University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies and USC School of Cinematic Arts for her Master's in Film. After 4 years in L.A., she moved to Omaha where she lives now. Lindsay has trouble recycling newspapers without reading all the articles, which sometimes proves to be a problem.

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Laura Hunt (Producer/Director)

Laura grew up outside Chicago and moved to L.A. after attending the University of Michigan for an English degree. For the past 6 years she's worked at non-profit The Alliance for Children's Rights, currently as the Director of Communications (writing, video, PR, photography, web).

As co-director of a peer leadership and advocacy group for former foster youth, Laura co-created the Youth Council Documentary Project, a program that gave 10 former foster youth the chance to write, shoot & edit their own personal documentary on growing up in foster care. Laura cannot pass an animal shelter without bringing home a dog or cat, which sometimes proves to be a problem.

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Robert Davis (Producer)

Robert Monk Davis is a New York City based writer and producer whose films have screened at such festivals as Palm Springs International, Hamptons International, and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films. Originally from Nebraska, Robert got his MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, the writer Katie Wudel, and their dog Fritz Lang.

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Jeff Chen (Editor)

Jeff is the youngest of three sons. His two older brothers are a doctor and a lawyer, so naturally, when he attended UCLA as an art major, his parents were thrilled! After he finished his MFA at USC, in production, his parents continue to offer moral support with questions like "So, when are you going to get a real job?" If you would like to know more about Jeff Chen, or making your parents proud, please visit jeffchen.net.

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Jaime OBradovich (Assistant Editor/Digital Intermediary Tech)

For Jaime the craft of editing is a passion – always focusing on the perfect blend of elements to create a unique piece. Mixing stories with creative graphic technology and digital delivery is truly a skill-set built on a labor of love. After graduating from the Art Institute Jaime worked in a post production house for 5 years then moved on a position as editor with Torchwerks honing his craft. Jaime is constantly experimenting with abstract visuals, from in-camera to timeline, both analog and digital processes, keeping him at on the cusp of oblivion.

Alexia

Alexia Thiele (Costume & Production Design)

Alexia runs her own clothing business called Autopilot Art based in Omaha. She has been designing and constructing one-of-a-kind pieces for over a decade. She maintains a DIY aesthetic in clothes that are hand-dyed, silk-screened, detail stitched, appliquéd, and quilted by Alexia herself. She has used her talent to design tour clothing for bands such as Tilly & the Wall and The Mynabirds. Alexia is a vegan, makes really good popcorn, and has two French bulldogs named Leroy and Margot.