• Just be.

    a comedic road trip adventure film

  • #wanderlust: an indie film

    official trailer

    aloha!

    test teaser

    2016

    password: hilo

    test scene — diana's dance

    2016

    password: dance

  • About the film #wanderlust

    a female-driven road trip comedy adventure

     

    wan·der·lust: /wändərˌləst/ noun

    a strong desire to travel

    The Story

    Up-and-coming photographer and #vanlife blogger Alex Kotov is sponsored by Neo-Glamp — a hi-tech coffee brewing pod — to shoot their product in Hawaii. She reconnects with her recently married but always unfulfilled best friend Diana Hemingway who impulsively decides to join Alex on the trip. The girls depart San Francisco with the hope of having a picture book adventure and 'living their most authentic life.' But they are met with disappointment, when reality does not meet their expectations.

     

    The girls must step outside of their comfort zone when they become stranded with no money, transport or means of communication. Hungry, lost, and broke the girls rely on their wits to pull themselves out of their unfortunate situation. Ultimately, Diana finds strength and courage in this uplifting adventure comedy about friendship, female empowerment, and finding your purpose.

     

    It's a coming-of-age tale for the millennial generation told through a car-camping adventure in Hawaii.

    Think: Frances Ha meets Little Miss Sunshine

    The Reason

    Based on conversations and observations of the writer, and dedicated to creating more female-driven stories in cinema, this project was dreamed up by Bay Area based filmmaker Maggie VandenBerghe. She aspires to create humorous, charming and uplifting films about real women, finding yourself and getting back to the important things in life.

  • Updates!

    Check back here to find out what's new with #wanderlust!

    October 21, 2017
    PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL! #PDXFF2017 We are so honored to be screening #wanderlust at this years Portland Film Festival! Portland Film Festival is one of the "Top 25 Coolest Festivals" by MovieMaker Magazine. Not only is Portland an amazingly cool city, the festival itself is packed with tons...
    October 19, 2017
    A wonderful Premiere! Many of the core crew, producers and friends came out to help make this event such a success. The film was well received and Christina Storozkova and Mark Arellano answered questions after the screening with host Derek Zemrak. Thank you for your support at our World Premiere!
    August 18, 2017
    We are proud to announce that #wanderlust will be making it's official World Premiere at the 20th Annual California Independent Film Festival this September! The screening will be held at the gorgeous grand historic Orinda Theatre in downtown Orinda California. #wanderlust will screen alongside...
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  • The Team

    the people behind the project

    Writer, Director, Creator

    Before returning to her native San Francisco, Maggie produced several feature films while working with L.A. based production company, Baudelaire Corp.

     

    She has spent her entire professional career in the entertainment industry. As a writer/producer she has created six features and ten shorts. As a director/co-directed she has three short films to her credit.

    Cinematographer

    With 15 years as an experienced cinematographer, Leonidas Jaramillo has shot eight features as well as numerous music videos and commercials. His recent feature, Heart, Baby! is in post-production and will be released in 2017. IMDB

    Rebekah Renne

    Producer

    Founder, President and Director of San Francisco based Festival, Pictoclick, Rebekah Renne is devoted to creating female-driven cinema and programming. She has produced several feature films and shorts.

    Co-Producer, Creative Consultant

    He is the owner and director of multimedia production agency Conscious Creative in San Francisco. Over the past 15+ years, has worked as a director, cinematographer, writer, editor, producer, creator, husband and father. He has been intimately involved in a diverse range of productions. His projects have been broadcast on TV, the web, and have screened at prominent and obscure film festivals worldwide. His latest project Lovers + Others is streaming online.

    Artistic Director, Co-Creator

    Christina Storozkova is a San Francisco Bay Area based designer and artist. Her aesthetic vision and creative choices can be seen throughout the film. She assited in every aspect of production and has aided in the inspiration behind the stye and look of the project.

    Co-Creator, Consultant

    Conceptual artist, screenwriter and filmmaker Oliver Warden has worked in filmmaking, art installation and interactive performance. He has penned three feature films and produced another two. He has worked in every aspect of film production.

     

    He attended The Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received his masters. He currently works as an interdisciplinary conceptual artist at his studio in Brooklyn. His next project, GLOBALL combines art and social media and launches next year.

    Cheri Larsh-Arellano

    Photographer, Designer, Co-Producer

    Experienced cinematographer and photographer, Cheri is the other half of Conscious Creative with her partner Mark Arellano. After several years as a professional photographer in Miami, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended UCLA for graphic design while working as a freelance designer. She has worked as a designer for over 10 years. She is committed to increasing awareness around sustainable business practices, saving trees and an avid animal lover. You can view her photography website at cherilarsh.com

     

    Lead Actor

    Quirky, adorable and somewhat shy, awarding-winning independent film actress, Liz Clare is excited to make her first starring role in a feature film on #wanderlust.. Liz has appeared in numerous independent shorts and features, and co-stars in the award winning WebSeries, Lovers & Others (nominated for Best Actress at Austin WebFest and winner of Audience Award at Miami WebFest). Liz also appears in Green/is/Gold (indie feature and winner of Audience Award at LA Film Festival). Liz also stars in the short film, Vanishing Point (also winner of the Audience Award at Nevada City Film Festival). Liz enjoys reading, chickens, and the occasional scary movie.

    Production Sound & Design, Colorist

    Young but incredibly accomplished, AJ won Best Sound Design for his short film "Enough" at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2015. AJ recorded production sound for #wanderlust, as well as aided in post-production with foley, assistant editing, sound design, and color correction. He has worked in all aspects of production.

  • Film Stats

    the numbers about the project

    29,094 miles

    Flown by 5 crew/cast members to Hawaii

    76

    minutes running-time

    5

    multi-talented crew members on Hawaii set

    1 Million +

    coqui frogs heard croaking throughout the film

    14

    days shooting in Hawaii

    1,872

    cups of coffee consumed (and counting!)

    81%

    dialog spoken by women

    1 : 1

    Female : Male roles in the project

    5

    Exceptional leading female roles in the film

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