Local Short Film ‘Gala’ Reflects On Unrealized Ambition


Pittsburgh-based author, comedy writer and screenwriter Mike Smith penned the short film The Gate Agent, which went on to premiere at the 2013 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. Now he’s ready to work on his follow-up project, and he needs some help to make it happen.

Smith recently launched a Kickstarter for Gala, a short film that centers around a lonely writer on the night of his high school reunion. Though so far unsuccessful at getting his big break, his ex-girlfriend Faye has become an up-and-coming actress in Los Angeles. After being apart for two years, the writer imagines what it will be like to face his former love, realizing that their aspirations for fame and popularity have left one of them behind. Ultimately a story about image and perception, Gala mixes dreams with reality to create a surreal film that centers on the boundaries of the imagination.

Smith will write and direct Gala, which will star Samantha Strelitz, whose credits include theater, film, and an upcoming pilot for Martin Scorsese’s untitled HBO series, and film/TV actor Amadeo Fusca, who will soon appear in the Netflix Marvel series, Daredevil.

Smith and his crew are trying to raise $4,500 to produce Gala. Contributions will be accepted at the film’s Kickstarter page through Jan. 7th.

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