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May 18, 2016 5:30 PM ET

Archived: JACKRABBIT – Dynamic horses, villainous cowboys, open landscapes and our unyielding drive: This film features a perspective on weakness and oppression that is under-represented in story-telling today.

iCrowdNewswire - May 18, 2016


Dynamic horses, villainous cowboys, open landscapes, and our unyielding drive to make it all happen! We hope you’ll join us on this mission to bring our adventurous and thought-provoking story to fruition. We have the rabbit and we have the horses; now we just need YOU to get to the finish line!



About The Project


Jackrabbit follows the story Danai, a kind man from the Eastern United States, and his fight to survive in the Wild West.



After being arrested in a small town for claims against his character (and his sexual preferences), he must escape from his captors and flee back East to avoid torture and enslavement.



Pain and Death lie around every corner, and with the Sheriff and crew in hot pursuit, Danai must fight to stay alive.



Why This Story? – A Note from Will Dziuk

This film features a perspective on weakness and oppression that is under-represented in story-telling today. The story is a message to those, like myself, who have felt their sense of self and innocence threatened by abusive relationships. In its exploration of the Western genre, the film tries to prove to its viewers that no matter what happens to you, you willalways be who you are.




Current Team

Will Dziuk
Executive Producer
Alex Hoffman
Marketing Manager
Peter Clark
First Assistant Director

About This Team

Our team is a collective of Emerson College VMA and Colombia College Chicago Cinema Art+Science majors that have assembled together in order to make this project a success.


Will Dziuk

Role: Writer, Executive Producer
Previous Work: Sonny (Executive Producer), Places (Executive Producer, Writer), Through the Veil (Executive Producer)
Favorite Films: Lawrence of Arabia, Ex Machina, Locke
Quote to live by: “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve


Gemma Gamberdell

Role: Producer
Previous Work: Speechless (Executive Producer), Arco (Executive Producer)
Favorite Films: Mad Max, Star Wars, Episode VII, Moonrise Kingdom
Quote to live by: “Work hard, know your stuff, show your stuff, and then feel entitled.” -Mindy Kaling


Alice Airoldi

Role: Associate Producer
Previous Work: Flowers (Director, Writer), Time Loop (Director, Writer)
Favorite Films: Magnolia, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Apocalypse Now
Quote to live by: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss


Adam Katzner

Role: Cinematographer

Previous Work: My Village Bells (Cinematographer), Places (Cinematographer)


Ruby Huber

Role: First Assistant Camera, First Unit


Aaron Trujillo

Role: Second Assistant Camera, Second Unit


Jeremy Germain

Role: Co-Director, Blood Lord

Previous Work: The Kevin Conundrum (Director, Writer), Blood (Director)


Peter Clark

Role: First Assistant Director

Previous Work: My Village Bells (Assistant Director), Tears (Assistant Director)


Cassidy Vogel

Role: Second Assistant Director


Beau Petit

Role: Script Supervisor


Amy Patterson

Role: Production Assistant


Alex Hoffman

Role: Marketing Executive


Phil Tice

Role: Makeup Artist and Marketing Assistant
Previous Work (2 or 3): Ghost in the Machine (Writer/Director/Actor), S.S. Bowie (Writer/Director), See No Evil (Writer/Actor)
Favorite Films (top 3): Lawrence of Arabia, Spirited Away, The Road
Quote to live by: “You’re not the king of Dirk. I’m the boss of me. I’m the king of me. I’m Dirk Diggler.” Dirk Diggler/Mark Wahlberg, Boogie Nights


Camille Speer

Role: Marketing Assistant


Hunter Dimin

Role: Production Designer


Emily Dunbar

Role: Set Decorator


Casey Shatraw
Role: Assistant Editor
Previous Work: Children of War (Assistant Editor) Good Morning Emerson (Episode Editor)
Favorite Films: Drive, Inception, Titanic
Quote to live by: “The chief enemy of creativity is being safe, with good taste.” – Nicolas Winding Refn


Nick Chieffo

Role: Makeup Artist


Lyndsay Tucker

Role: Makeup Assistant


Christopher Marino

Role: On-set Sound Mixer


Darrin Smith

Role: Boom Op
Previous Work: Zoo (Sound Designer), Off Frame (Writer, Director, Producer, Sound Designer, Cinematographer)
Favorite Films: Eraserhead, Brazil, The Shining
Quote to live by: “You’re on earth. There’s no cure for that.” -Samuel Beckett


Amy Almeda

Role: Sound Design/Re-Recording Mixer
Previous Work: Sonny (Re-Recording Mixer), A Movie and A Midnight Stroll (Re-Recording Mixer), Final Fantasy Crisis Core English Remaster (Sound Designer/Dialog Editor)
Favorite Films: How To Train Your Dragon 2, Rosenberg’s The Amittyville Horror, Rainbow Bright and The Star Stealer
Quote:” … And may the odds be ever in your favor” – Effie, The Hunger Games


Samantha Pavich

Role: Storyboard Artist


Michael Vitz Wong

Role: Gaffer


Devon Juaire

Role: Best Boy Grip


Prince Aibangbe
Role: Set PA/Grip
Previous Work (2 or 3): House on Hayfield, Sunny, Kingdom Coming
Favorite Films (top 3): The Informant, Whiplash, and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
Quote to live by: “I figured any god that wouldn’t let me have a wank was no god worth worshiping.”


Christopher Mullen

Role: Grip



Contact Information:

Gemma Gamberdell

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