Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trust Fund - A Film by Sandra L. Martin

Mapelle Film Company
Trust Fund
Written and Directed by Sandra L. Martin

Set in the heart of Chicago, Trust Fund, a romantic drama, follows the story of Reese Donahue (Jessica Rothe) a twenty-something living an idyllic life in the big city, with aspirations of being a writer. Reese is on a quest of self-discovery with the illusion that a life different from hers would be much better.

Her father, Grayson Donahue owns a publishing company. Reese and her older sister, Audrey (Louise Dylan) have been raised with certain expectations and social obligations, but Reese feels trapped in a life that has been pre-determined for her, when Reese uncovers a secret in her father’s office, there may be different path for her. Reese tries to include her sister, Audrey (Louise Dylan) but Audrey wants nothing to do with it, she’s happy to continue living the status quo.

As Reese becomes exhausted by Audrey’s ongoing criticisms, she feels she has no other choice, but to take control of her life and take what’s hers. She takes the money from her father’s business account, leaves for Italy, and reunites with Milo (Sean Wing) the man she has been unable to stop thinking about since she returned from her summer in Rome.

Reese is only too happy to share her small fortune with him, hoping to begin a new life together. Milo in turn is delighted to bring her into his family business, where she unknowingly becomes involved in the illegal market of stolen goods. It doesn’t take long for Reese to realize that Milo is not the man she thought he was, and turns for help to her Italian friend Sophia (Louisa Mignone). Sophia, knowing the situation is only going to get worse, tells Reese she needs to go home. Reese understands that she can never undo what she has done, or repay the money that she has taken, but asks her father’s forgiveness. He responds with love and acceptance.

With a new beginning, Reese looks at life differently, the very things she saw as obligations, she now sees as privileges and opportunities. No longer chasing after what she thought was her destiny, Reese is pleasantly surprised when Sam, the boy she dismissed years before as a childhood crush, makes an unexpected return in her life.

Audrey and Reese find the friendship they had lost, and Reese finds not only herself, but also love. Perhaps her destiny was there in front of her the whole time! 

The wealth of the Donahue family proves money is no solution to personal and family problems. Each of the characters are struggling for the same thing, but going about achieving it in very different ways, they each are looking for love. The younger sister, Reese, is a free spirit on a quest for self-discovery. Audrey, the older sister, is a perfectionist, and rivals for her father’s attention through her achievements. Both girls use their father in their own way to get what they want. The father is long-suffering in the antics of his children, but knows neither one of them are ready for the responsibility that a large sum of money requires, determined that they will become the people that he and their mother knew they could be.

Compelled to follow her heart, Reese leaves the safety of her family behind, willing to risk all that she has for the dream of what could be.

When all that Reese had hoped for comes crashing down around her and she realizes that she has made a terrible mistake. She runs back to her father to ask for forgiveness. His grace and acceptance are more than she expected, but Audrey is confused by her father’s willingness to forget all that her sister has done.

As Reese is no longer chasing after what she thinks is her destiny, she’s able to see what has been waiting for her all the time.




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Jessica Rothe (Reese Donahue)
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jessica Rothe (Reese Donahue) grew up studying theatre and dance. She then went on to Boston University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Shortly after graduating, Jessica made her way to New York where she joined the Roundabout Theatre. Prior to, she had been involved in other Theatre productions such as The Cherry Orchard (Huntington Theatre), as well as Kevin Moriarty's HAIR (Hangar Theatre).

Jessica transitioned quickly to television with appearances on Happy Endings, CBS’s Emmy nominated series “Blue Bloods” and the CW’s hit show, “Gossip Girl.”

Jessica has spent a lot of the past year working in the independent film space, recently wrapping on ‘Juveniles,’ starring alongside Stephen Moyer and Beau Knapp, after starring opposite Thomas Mann and Lucy Fry in Joseph Castelo’s, ‘The Preppie Connection;’ a post-apocalyptic thriller, ‘All is Vanity;’ and coming of age drama, ‘Trust Fund.’ Also known for her comedic abilities, last year, she recurred on the popular web series “Next Time on Lonny,” as Lonny’s love interest, as well as the hit web series ‘High Maintenance,’ which was sold to HBO. Further, Jessica co-starred in the comedy “The Hot Flashes”, alongside Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes and Eric Roth as well as the independent comedy “Stereotypically You,” set to be released later this year.

Jessica is currently co-starring alongside Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle and Lionsgate’s new film, LA LA LAND. The film will be released nationwide Summer 2016. Prior to, she recently completed shooting a scene stealing supporting role in Gabriele Muccino’s (Seven Pounds, Pursuit of Happiness) next film ‘SUMMERTIME,’ just shortly after wrapping a role in Bart Freundlich’s, WOLVES, co-starring alongside Michael Shannon.

Louise Dylan (Audrey Donahue) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated with her family to London as a child. She wanted to act from a young age but also had a keen interest in art. She graduated from UCL with a BA in Art History in 2005 and went on to obtain another BA degree in Acting for Stage and Screen from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Louise signed with an agency at the beginning of her third year and started acting professionally before graduating. Since 2008 Louise has worked consistently in theatre, film and television. She recently starred alongside Kim Cattrall at the Old Vic Theatre in London in Tennesee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth'. Louise has appeared in many high profile ITV and BBC productions including 'Lewis', 'Whitechapel', 'Merlin' and played Harriet Smith in the BBC's adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Emma', which aired on PBS in 2010. Louise was very excited to work on her fifth feature film, 'Trust Fund', with Sandra Martin and Isaac Alongi.

The talented and vibrant ANA ORTIZ (Meredith) broke out as Hilda Suarez in ABC’s hit comedy "Ugly Betty", earning both ALMA and Imagen Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Betty’s sassy older sister. Along with her personal recognition, the show was honored with a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, two Golden Globe awards including Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and another 39 wins and 66 nominations. She recently was featured opposite Viola Davis on Shonda Rhime’s new series "How to Get Away With Murder" and opposite Anthony Anderson in ABC’s new hit series "Blackish." In addition to her recurring roles on ABC’s acclaimed "Boston Legal" as A.D.A Holly Raines and as Anna in the FX series set in wartime Iraq "Over There," Ortiz also starred in the ABC series "A.U.S.A." and "Kristin," as well as the ABC pilot "True Blue," Fox pilot "Outnumbered" and NBC's "Marry Me." Previously Ana had a fantastic arc on Showtime’s "Hung" and was seen in Martin Lawrence’s "Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son" for Fox. Ana is simultaneously starring as the lead voiceover role of "Lucy" in DreamWorks Animations highly anticipated new series based off the recently released mega hit film "Home."

After 10 years of guest TV roles, WILLIE GARSON’S (Jerry Peters) big break came in 1998 when he was cast as the gay best friend of Carrie Bradshaw on the hit Sex and the City. The show was nominated for more than 50 Emmys and 24 Golden Globes over the course of its 6-year run, elevating Garson from character actor to veritable Hollywood star. He has followed that role up with a long string of TV and film roles.

Despite playing only minor roles early in his career, Willie Garson gained a reputation as a talented character actor—someone who could transform a show's smallest part into its most memorable one. He gradually landed increasingly prominent roles, appearing on the hit shows Friends (1994), Ally McBeal (1997) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998), and taking on a seven-episode stint on NYPD Blue (1996-1999). Garson's breakthrough to stardom came in 1998 when he was cast as Stanford Blatch, the gay best friend of Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) on the HBO hit Sex and the City. Garson and Parker were real-life best friends long before Sex and the City, and Garson says their longtime friendship helped their on-screen chemistry. "People who've been friends for 20 years," he said, "it really reads on the screen." Sex and the City was nominated for more than 50 Emmy Awards and 24 Golden Globes over the course of its six-year run, elevating Garson from talented character actor to veritable Hollywood star.

MATTHEW KANE (Sam) was educated at The Castle School, and attended acting classes at the ITV West Television Workshop in Bristol, where he performed in numerous theatre productions and short films.

Kane is best known for playing the main role of 18-year-old Stephen Mackinnon[ in the BBC teen drama series The Cut. He appeared very prominently in the first two seasons of the drama series. Among his other acting experience, he has appeared in the BBC drama Casualty and Channel 4's Skins. He also appeared in the independent film The Dinosaur Project as Luke, Jace in ABC Family's Switched at Birth, and as John Darling in Season 3 of ABC's Once Upon a Time.

SEAN WING (Milo) is a singer and American film and television actor who first appeared on an episode of the CBS series Touched by an Angel. He may be best known for his roles as Chris Pritchett in the ABC family series Beautiful people and Chad Griffin in the ABC series The Whole Truth that aired in 2010.
He played Charlie in the 2010 romantic comedy film You Again co-starring Kristen Bell and Odette Yustman.

Sean appeared in the Broadway production of Green Day's rock musical "American Idiot". Sean joined the cast of Hello Ladies, the HBO comedy series by Stephen Merchant, as a recurring guest star.

JORDI CABALLERO (Marcello) is a Catalan actor, dancer, choreographer and producer for stage, film, and television. Caballero received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2003 Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his role as Captain Madrid in the film I Witness co-starring James Spader and Jeff Daniels. He has also been a two-time American Choreography Award nominee.[ As an actor, Caballero is known for portraying characters of Spanish, Italian and Euro-Mediterranean descent.

Caballero’s love for the American way led him to the U.S. to pursue a career in acting and the performing arts. He earned a BFA in acting 
at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. During this period, he also cultivated his evolving interests in dance/performance art including theatrical and Latin styles. It was not long after that Caballero’s multiple talents as an actor, dancer, and choreographer brought him work in television, film and stage venues.

One of Caballero’s first major television appearances was as a love interest to the character 
of Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO show Sex & The City. Several roles followed on shows such as Alias, Scrubs, CSI: Miami, The Unit, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Entourage, Brothers & Sisters, Rules of Engagement and Justified.

The romantic comedy Snow Days starrin
g Bernadette Peters marked the beginning of Caballero’s film career. He has brought his combination of acting and movement talents to bear in such high profile films as Alex & Emma, Rent, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Rose Mary Abdoo (Angela) is an American actress and comedian, known for her roles as Stars Hollow's local mechanic, Gypsy, on Gilmore Girls and as Spanish teacher SeƱorita Rodriguez on That's So Raven.

Abdoo's career began in Chicago, where she performed at various improvisational theaters, including the Improv Institute and four years with The Second City; she went on to develop her own one-woman shows, Who Does She Think She Is? and Get to the Part About Me. She also did a short-lived variety program with Bob Odenkirk and Conan O'Brien called Happy Happy Good Show.

Abdoo has a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University, where she was cast in several college theater roles and encouraged by a professor to study improvisation. She went on to move to Chicago, where she joined Second City, performing first in their national touring shows and moving on their E.T.C. troupe. As a part of E.T.C., Abdoo won a Joseph Jefferson Award as "Best Actress in a Revue" in 1991 for her role in the production We Made a Mesopotamia, Now You Clean It Up, playing what the Chicago Tribune called "the show's meatiest part: an obnoxious, know-it-all tour bus rider." She went on to co-host the awards ceremony in 1994.

She was nominated alongside her castmates for a Best Ensemble 
Screen Actors Guild award for Good Night, and Good Luck.

ESTHER SCOTT (Gloria) is an actress, known for Transformers (2007), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). She has had regular spots in shows such as The Geena Davis Show, City Guys and The Tracy Morgan Show. She has guest starred in Ellen, Less Than Perfect, The King of Queens and 7th Heaven.

Kosha Patel (Allie) is an actress and writer, known for Miss India America (2015), Shit White Girls Say ... To Brown Girls (2012) and The Indian and the Samurai (2009).


SANDRA MARTIN – Writer/Director
Sandra has authored three books and award winning short films. She just finished post production on her most recent feature film “How to Pick Your Second Husband First" a romantic comedy set in Boston. She has experience in the fields of film production, film editing, post-production, and marketing. Sandra and Isaac have been working together for over fifteen years.

ISAAC ALONGI – Cinematographer
With over 20 years of experience, Isaac brings his artistic talent and creativity to all aspects of production. Isaac’s cinematography has been seen in feature films, television shows, documentaries, IMAX films, commercials and numerous non-profit projects. With clients such as National Geographic, BBC, History Channel, Fox Sports, Discovery, ABC and the CW NETWORK. He has won two Emmys for his work on a series of historical films.

Trust Fund Official Trailer


Writer/Director SANDRA L. MARTIN
Co-Executive Producer ANA ORTIZ
Director of Photography ISAAC ALONGI
Production Designer AMANDA TOTORO



  1. The strangest dream I ever had was when a blue whale was chasing me down the beach and trying to crush me.

  2. "What is the strangest dream you've ever had?" I'm suppressing the memory. Sorry.

  3. i was a detective working a case

  4. Last night I had a dream about thousands of bugs under my pillow - real nightmare, I woke up on sitting on my bed with pilow throwed away :-D