Darcy – with director Q&A
Directed by Heidi Philipsen-Meissner and Jon Russell Cring
It’s summer break, and fifteen-year-old Darcy is working in her family’s motel, a seedy operation on the edge of town. Sustaining the motel is the practice of taking in occupants who have until only recently been incarcerated—an arrangement that Darcy’s parents have arranged with the Department of Corrections for a price. And so, people desperate to sleep for a night are the ones who rent rooms there, never knowing that the person in the room next door may be shooting up, or that down the hall a pimp may be leading another man to the bed of his working-girl companion.
The idealistic Darcy sees the motel’s residents only as people, not realizing the danger she might be in. Darcy’s eyes open a bit wider and her feelings are tapped a little deeper when the older, handsome, and brooding Luke checks into the motel, appearing like a vision from the cover of the romance novels she sneaks off and reads in the woods. Slowly beginning to come of age surrounded by people that society wants to forget, along with an alluring stranger whose arrival sparks the possibilities that life has to offer, Darcy is presented with a decision to make: Stay close to the mundane life she knows and loathes, or venture off into the uncertain but undeniably tempting world outside of the motel’s doors.
Q & A following the screening with the directors
Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner (Co- director/Producer/“Toni”)
Heidi is a producer, writer, actor and director with 20 years of professional experience in international film, television and communications. She has production coordinated 11 features, including The Better Angels starring Jason Clarke and Diane Kruger; production managed multiple projects, credited with stunts in actions films such as Salt and The Other Guys; acted in several features, including The Business Trip starring Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco; and has produced the feature-length drama Marcy. Heidi is a member of the Producers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, the Motion Picture Institute’s Directors Alumni Club, NYWIFT, Founder & President Emeritus of UPWIFT, Chicago Women in Film & Television, and University of Michigan and Columbia University Alumni Groups. She completed two scripts via UCLA’s Professional Screenwriting Program after completing post-production and has now moved on to developing her third and fourth features to direct, Emily Doe, and Kidnapping Love and pursuing her MBA in Management at Eastern Michigan University.
Jon Russell Cring (Co-Director/Co-Writer/Associate Producer)
Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1971, Jon grew up around the arts, traveling and performing with his family as they presented music and drama on stages crisscrossing the USA. He was immediately enthralled by the business, getting on the phones beginning at the age of 14 to book the family’s travelling gypsy show. Jon’s began writing a variety show together with his wife, Streetwalking. They went on to make 17 micro-budgeted independent features together, accumulating honors from PBS, Fangoria Magazine and the Atlantic City Cinefest along the way.
Co-Writer/Director of Photography/Associate Producer: Tracy Nicole Cring