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Premiere!

Pembroke Circle will premiere at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Please visit our screenings page for tickets and more details. More info about FLIFF can be found here.

Story

When Grace’s father brings a foreign maid into their conventional home, the life she’s accustomed to is shaken by a dark secret … and her own repressed past.

Since her mother passed away, Grace has become a surrogate parent in the house; taking care of her younger brother, Matthew, and tending to her father, Leigh. When Leigh brings a foreign maid, Mariela, into their conventional home, Grace’s life is thrown off balance. She begins to notice mysterious changes in her father, as well as signs of trauma and abuse in Mariela. As these things become too disturbing to ignore, Leigh reveals that Mariela will no longer be working there and the next day, she is gone. After Mariela’s departure, Grace begins to find clues hinting that something is taking place far more sinister than she could have ever imagined.

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Cast | Crew

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Max Rousseau, Writer/Producer/Director,

… was born in Kingston, Jamaica and has wanted to be a Director and Producer ever since the age of 9. He has successfully directed five short films during his undergraduate tenure at the University of Central Florida. Two of his short films were chosen to represent the school in the 2008 and 2010 UCF Film Five-Stories DVDs. His most recent short film “Opus” premiered at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival. He graduated from the UCF M.F.A. Film program in 2013. Max’s graduate thesis, Pembroke Circle, is his first feature film.

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Fred Pryor, Producer of Marketing and Distribution,

… has worked on various student and professional film productions while studying Film at the University of Central Florida. Starting as a production assistant, he worked his way up to roles such as producer, production designer, and art director. At the 2011 Florida Film Festival, he was a part of the promotions team for two competition films, developing successful marketing campaigns for their festival run. He was brought onto Pembroke Circle as Producer of Marketing and Distribution. He also works for Cox Media Group Orlando in the events and promotions department for several radio stations.

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Kyle Prince, Editor,

… is an editor and assistant editor, and has worked on all sorts of projects from short films to commercials and of course features. He loves storytelling and all aspects of post-production - the more challenging the better. He is a graduate of the film program at Valencia College and has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.

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Geoffrey Levy, Director of Photography,

… is a photographer and filmmaker based in Orlando, FL.  Since beginning his education at U.N.C. School of the Arts, he has honed his ability in the technical crafts of cinematic lighting and photography.  His expansion of techniques continued to grow along with his understanding of theory.   He decided to finish his studies at the UCF BFA Film program. His work has been published in several U.C.F. print works, including Pegasus Alumni magazine and Jewish UCF for his photo series from Israel.   Pembroke Circle was his first feature film as well as his first collaboration with Max Rousseau.

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Melodie Cros, Sound Editor and Sound Designer,

Mélodie Cros is a local Sound Designer in Orlando, FL. From a very young age she would make her own sound effects for little films in her community. Mélodie has always had a keen interest in the audio industry. Moving from Raleigh, North Carolina, she made her way to Central Florida in 2009 to study audio editing and sound technology at Valencia College. She is now working on completing her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Loren Marie Story, Line Producer / Unit Production Manager,

LM Story graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a bachelors in fine art and design. Born to a family of artists, Loren is highly creative and practices all mediums of visual art in addition to writing novels and screenplays. She graduated from Valencia College in 2011 with a degree in Film Production Technology and since that time has worked for many producers, becoming intimately familiar with the process of producing a film to the goal of eventually producing her own. She and her husband Joshua, partner at their company Wayward Traveler Entertainment, have produced several short environmental documentaries as well as two short subjects, one of which was recognized nationally at the G.I. Film Festival in 2012.

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Sarah Sculco, “Grace”,

… was born in Florida and has been passionate about acting ever since the age of 10.  Since then, she has starred in numerous theater productions.  Her favorite was when she played the lead of “Ramona Quimby” at the Orlando Repertory Theater.  She also played the lead of “Jessie” in The Boxcar Children, which was in the Orlando Fringe Festival. She was cast as “Michelle” in the Florida-based film Cassadaga (2010) and the role of “Kitty” in Paymon (2013); both were directed by Anthony DiBlasi and were amazing experiences. Sarah has been thrilled to play the complex role of “Grace” in Pembroke Circle.  She fell in love with the script; thoroughly enjoyed working on the project, and strongly believes it’s a story that needed to be told.

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Kenny Babel, “Leigh”,

Biography Coming Soon

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Laura Mejia, “Mariela”,

… was born and raised in Colombia and developed an enormous passion for acting and theatre. She was very active in her High School Drama program and was inducted into the International Thespian Society. She has participated in numerous productions and thespian competitions, as well as The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's TYC (The Young Company) summer program for two years. She is currently working towards a B.F.A. in Acting to continue her craft.  Her favorite credits include Asi Es La Vida (little girl), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), The Bells of Charlemont (Laura), The Winter's Tale (Perdita), Othello (Emilia), and Kevin O'Neill's short film "The Bout" (Sofia). Laura is excited to be a part of Pembroke Circle. She believes that this film has a powerful message that sheds light on a frightening issue that many are unaware of.

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Aaron Villanueva, “Marcos”,

Acting has always been something I cherished from early on; the ability to take on the persona of another person, and create a connection to the audience. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when someone truly believes in what you performed. This particular project was my very first and has sentimental value because of that. I am also proud to be part of a film that sheds light on Human Trafficking, a horrific crime that so many know nothing about.

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Michael Berthold, “Matthew”

Biography Coming Soon

More Biographies Coming Soon

Let me start out by saying I am not an activist. I’m a storyteller. I’m interested in characters, who, through certain hardships, are able to find their inner courage. I have written this story as a creative interpretation of real events, some that I’ve experienced in my own life.

I have been fascinated and greatly disturbed by the subject matter of Pembroke Circle for as long as I can remember. In my youth, I had written a script about how the world would be different if slavery still existed. In 2004, I came across “The Girls Next Door”, an exposé published in The New York Times. It told the story of teenage girls from Central America being sold for sex in a seemingly safe suburban neighborhood. What seemed like a figment of my imagination was happening; right in our own backyard.

Many films on the topic show the forces of good effortlessly conquering the offenders and victims being rescued without any emotional scarring, living a free life once again. They fail to acknowledge the psychological damage that these victims endure, as well as true cost of these crimes. With great difficulty, I have read numerous case studies, none of which described any happy endings. Essentially, nobody wins.

I consider Pembroke Circle a coming of age story. Grace, the main character, discovers the dark side of her world. Growing up in suburban America, she believes that her environment is perfect. Her false sense of security slowly shatters as the film progresses. Having lost her mother, she desperately wants to keep what is left of her family “intact”, but she can’t deny that something is not right in her house.

What truly connects me to her journey is the fact that she’s not a larger than life hero; she is a regular person, a little girl. She doesn’t have the tools to face the obstacles she’s up against in this story.

While this is not a message film, I do hope it will bring more awareness to the issue when I share it with the world.

11/12/14

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Cinema Paradiso - Lauderdale • 503 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

8:00pm

Ticket Information Here

11/15/14

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Cinema Paradiso - Hollywood • 2008 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020

4:15pm

Ticket Information Here

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