Friday, August 24, 2018

HollyShorts: Daddy's Playground Cast Interview

Photo Credit: JBN Media/James Vallesteros

Boni Mata is a director based in Los Angeles, CA.
Graduating from UC Berkeley in 2015, Boni spent time at the Universit√© de Bordeaux as well as at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her work centers on self-aware female subjecthood, laying  

Ashley Morgan is an actor and writer, known for Daddy's Playground (2018).

Mariah Owen is a Toronto-based actor, writer and producer. She is also an accomplished athlete, becoming a world champion with Team Canada Cheerleading as well as doing both Alpine Ski Racing and Synchronized swimming at the provincial level. First starting her career with modeling, when she was just 3 days old, she has gone on to perform in several theatre productions, sketch comedy and improv performances as well as musicals. Mariah has studied in Toronto, Los Angeles and Australia. She has been fortunate to study with Anthony Meindl, Anna and David Strasberg, Nahanni Johnstone, Lewis Baumander and Michelle Danner, to name a few. She has gone on to graduate from both the Comedy Writing and Improv programs at The Second City. She is currently finishing up her undergrad at the University of Toronto and will be attending UCLA next year for Screenwriting. When not exploring the world of Film and TV, Mariah is a member of Team Canada Cheerleading and the PCT Cobras on a team that will attend World Championships in 2016.

Mitch deQuilettes is known for his work on The Artist (2011), Finding Nothing (2009) and Retreat (2015).

Daddy's Playground Cast on the Red Carpet at The Chinese Theater.
Ashley Morgan, Boni Mata, Mitch deQuilettes, and Mariah Owen.
From Left to Right

Daddy's Playground shows the imagined goings-on of the life of sugar daddies and sugar babies in vivid, gory detail - based on real experiences. This comedic thriller short not only takes on the taboo topic of young sugar babies - it's written from the (unfortunately) rare female perspective. We need your help in sharing this femme perspective and the increasingly common story of arranged relationships in our ever capitalizing and mediated world.

Desensitized by their virtual millennial existence, Rose and Teddy are driven to sugar dating in order to gain wealth and access. What begins as a fun fueled game-turned-compulsion of meeting rich "Daddies," soon turns dangerous as dollar signs and app ratings give way to blood money and body counts. This sardonic femme tale is based on the true lives of the creators.

Daddy’s Playground is a dark, comedic view through the gaze of two millennial sugar babies—written, produced, and starring two female filmmakers with insight into this world - Ashley Morgan and Boni Mata. This tale takes you through a night you’ll never forget—an angst-fueled ride in which we take out every misogynistic figurehead in our little black sugar book. This film will feature performances from the extremely talented Francesca Eastwood, Karim Saleh, and Tzef Montana.

The Cast of of  Daddy's Playground with JBN Journalist, Rachel Litfin.
Boni Mata, Ashley Morgan, Rachel Litfin, Mitch deQuilettes, and Mariah Owen.
From Left to Right

Mitch deQuilettes, and Mariah Owen on the Red Carpet at The Chinese Theater.

Boni Mata and Ashley Morgan on the Red Carpet at The Chinese Theater.

The Cast of of  Daddy's Playground with JBN Journalist, Rachel Litfin during HollyShorts.


HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.

Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Audio: Edward Chung

HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.
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