A feature film with a lot of wit, a lot of heart, & a little donkey.
A feature film with a lot of wit, a lot of heart, & a little donkey. At its core, it's a story that anyone can relate to but has a specific focus on underrepresented voices both in front of & behind the camera.
About a Donkey is about growing up & growing old, and finding love & laughter along the way. The film follows the Owens family: Ann & Tim, their 3 adult children, Cecilia, Burgh, and Annie (and her husband Paul), and matriarch Farrah. When Tim brings home a donkey in a mixture of wanting to rescue both it and himself, things are shaken up in each of the characters' lives.
The films quirky but relatable nature has been referred to as a little Little Miss Sunshine meets Gilmore Girls, but with a donkey, and a strong focus on inclusion (both in front of and behind the camera)! We're strong believers in being the change -- reflecting the world as we want to see it. With this film, our mission is to combat hate with humor and heart.
Three of the film's characters and much of our crew & cast are members of the LGBTQ+ community. We as a team are supporters of the mission of The Trevor Project. If we make our full goal or exceed it, we will be donating 5% of the total cash we raise to this organization.
MEET THE CHARACTERS
Christina Shea-Wright as Cecilia
Cecillia is a good-hearted, sarcastic, lady-loving woman who is currently unemployed. She passes her days spending time at her grandmother's nursing home coming up with new inventions to help the elderly. She's been single for a while, so when she meets the new-to-town caretaker, sparks start flying.
More about Christina: https://www.backstage.com/christinasheawright/
Ben Kaufman as Burgh
Burgh is a charming prankster who works in Broadcast and is currently seeing Cassie, a local politician who also happens to be his sister Annie's nemesis. As the middle child, he has always struggled with balancing keeping in touch with his inner kid and taking action when he needs to commit.
More about Ben: https://www.backstage.com/benkaufman/
Alexandra Clayton as Annie
Annie, the youngest of the bunch, is on maternity leave from her work as a teacher and on the verge of having her first baby with her husband, Paul. She is an animal advocate and people pleaser. Though arguably the most level-headed of the family, she has been known to go to great lengths to keep everyone smiling.
More about Alexandra: http://alexandraclayton.com/
Katherine Wessling as Ann
Ann has been battling depression for a while, which has caused her to be mostly house-ridden, feeding into her self-pity. Because of this, her relationship with her family has suffered. She misses the husband that used to care for her, but she can't deny that they've both changed. When the donkey comes into their lives she feels replaced, causing her to evaluate her own behavior and choices.
More about Katherine: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3322555/
Peter Jensen as Tim
Tim grew up on a farm and his style lets you know that farm-life was the American dream he strived for. (Though he made his living selling insurance.) He’s quiet, thoughtful, and lately has been feeling pretty empty. After spotting a similarly sad looking donkey at a roadside market, he decides to take her home and make her part of the family.
More about Peter: http://www.peterjensen.nyc/
Ricardo Manigat as Paul
Paul is a software engineer currently working in a startup dedicated to improving the US school system. He has always loved children and is over the moon to be having his first child with his wife, Annie. Because of his charm and sensibility, he was quickly embraced by Annie's whole family. He has become the voice of reason, though he has always had a soft spot for Anne's father Tim and his whims.
More about Ricardo: https://about.me/ricardo24
Ellen Graff as Farrah
Farrah clings to her peace and love days, where drugs were fun and AIDS was not yet in existence. She’s got that wisdom that comes from getting older and a frugal trait that comes from never relying on a significant other to provide financial security. Since the death of her wife, she has lived in the local nursing home and longs for her grandkids to have passionate, fulfilled lives.
More about Ellen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5235045/
Sarah Haruko as Cassie
Cassie is a winner through-and-through. She's a little overzealous and overconfident, but often the smartest person in the room. She's currently running for City Council, and getting pretty tired of keeping her relationship with Burgh a secret from his sometimes overbearing family.
More about Sarah: http://www.sarahharuko.com/
Elisha Mudly as Jordan
Jordan has a very deep care for the elderly and those in need. She recently moved to the States to start fresh after a breakup and is currently working at Farrah's nursing home. Meeting Cecilia offers a welcome change of scenery, and Jordan finds herself drawn to the company.
More about Elisha: https://www.backstage.com/elishamudly/
Nabil Viñas and Dana Scurlock
as our local police officers who encounter the donkey-fueled hijinks involving the Owens family.
More about Nabil: http://nabilvinas.com/
More about Dana: http://danascurlock.com/