Stand Up and Fight

   This film is about a woman/mother/wife/lover/daughter, named Leilah Miller (Dana LoGiudice) who finds herself in a domestic violence situation and turns to a friend (Trace Hamilton) to find love where she could not. Things progress into a tangled web of love, loss, lies, and defeat eventually forcing her out of her home away from her husband (Mark Pontarelli) and daughter (Meadow Rolence), the only world she knew.       She goes on a journey to find herself and ends up creating a life that supports her recovery. As she finds physical strength she also finds mental strength after her mental undoing. Her parents (Joette Waters and William Kalinak) go on a parallel journey to find their daughter, but Leilah has to eventually find herself in order to go back home.

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Crew/Cast

Dana LoGiudice…………………..Writer/Director/Producer/Casting

Amy Davila………………………….Executive Director of Photography/Lighting

Ava Ginsburg……………………….Production Assistant/ Sound Operator/Set Design

Malcolm Riordan………………….Production Assistant/ Associate Director of Photography

Sydney Smith……………………….Production Assistant/ Sound Operator/Associate Director  of Photography

Suzy Liang……………………………Production Assistant

Kathleen Curran…………………..Production Assistant

Steven Sullivan……………………..Sound Operator (Fill-in)

Nathan Coxreed……………………Sound Operator

Jordan Wise…………………………Sound Operator

Rachel Head………………………..Special Effects Make-Up

Dana LoGiudice…………………….Casting 

Joette Waters……………………….Casting

Dana LoGiudice…………………….Location Scouting

Marlene Rolence…………………..Location Scouting

Brian Polacek………………………Location Scouting

Danny Glenn……………………….Location Scouting

Michele Sweeney Abrams………..Fight Coordinator

Stephanie Barron………………….Fight Coordinator

 

Cast:

Dana LoGiudice…………………….Leilah Miller

Mark Pontarelli…………………….Jason Miller

Trace Hamilton…………………….Sam Wlliamson

Meadow Rolence…………………..Emma Miller

Joette Waters……………………….Helen

William Kalinak…………………….Jim

Stephanie Barron…………………..Dr. LeCrouix

Gregory Madden……………………Officer Slate

Danny Glenn…………………………..Van Driver

Gary Murphy…………………………The Judge

Leila Sutcliffe…………………………Leilah’s Lawyer

Julia Kessler ………………………….Jason’s Lawyer

Michele Sweeney Abrams……….”DJ Sweet” (Leilah’s boxing opponent)

Harold Dennis………………………….Officer Smith

Steve Price……………………………..Officer Harris

Musa Isa…………………………………Derrik (Jason’s friend)

Kevin Wesley…………………………..Jeremy (Jason’s friend)

Richard Esteras……………………….Boxing Gym Owner

Rebecca Cao Romero……………….Terese

Jesse-James Austin…………………Cheroke

Coach Chris Chodhary………………Leilah’s Coach

Randy “Bulldog”Burke………………Boxing Opponent #1

Mike “Wardog” Reid…………………Boxing Opponent #2

Melinda Deamon………………………Newscaster Elizabeth Jacobs

Whitney Pipes…………………………..Newscaster Kathy

Darryl Washington…………………..Newscaster Darryl

Jazmyn Ortega…………………………Reporter Rita

Tanna Jo………………………………..Sarah(Female Witness)

McKenzie Holmes…………………….Homeless Man #1

Kenneth Elmore……………………….Homeless Man #2

Harry Bauer…………………………….Mime

Sandy Gulliver………………………….Sally “Homeless Woman”

Linda Terborg…………………………..Jason’s Mother

Bruce Spielbauer………………………Jason’s Father

Sharon Schlenker……………………..Jason’s Sister #1

Kristin Rysell…………………………..Jason’s Sister #2

Dave Reid………………………………..”Wardog”‘s Coach

Lou Storiale……………………………..”Bulldog”‘s Coach

Kasia Wereszczynska…………………..Therapist

Bentley (The Dog)…………………..as himself

(…and more to come)

Extras:

Vanessa “Vicious” Burke

“Mad” Madison Burke

Morgan “Kid Sister” Burke

Rachel Head

Thomas Head

Dan Horan

Kylie Sullivan

Bren Sullivan

Lia Sullivan

Michelle Sullivan

Dan Sullivan

Jonathan Schlenker

(More to be posted…)

Thank you to the following for letting us use their space(s)…

The Rolence Family

Margaret Gordon

Chicago Combat Gym

Rocket’s Gym

Columbia College Chicago

William Kalinak

Milk Stop Creative

The Graffagna Family

Dan Cullinan and Lisa Phee of Cullinan’s Stadium Club

The City of Chicago

The City of Westmont

Our Lady of Charity School

Kasia Wereszczynska

Kenton Bartlett

Thank you to our Donors…

Sarah Loomis

Ivan and Nancy Delgado

The LoGiudice Family

Elaine Carta

Lorraine Campagna Flynn

Audrey Carter-Ritchey

 

(Header photo from set of Stand Up and Fight by Amy Davila, Text gloves photo by Dana LoGiudice)

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