Long Story, Short
Is from a very small, unknown city called Chicago. Two years ago she trekked across the country to the dangerous lands of Southern California in order to pursue a BFA in Film Production at the wonderful Chapman University.
An award-winning director at the ripe old age of 20, Kendall has a diversified slate of short films, a feature in post-production, and others in development. Her most recent short film, Bark Mitzvah, is currently in it's festival circuit. She was hired to produce and direct the film, working with Tony-Award-winning dog trainer extraordinaire, Bill Berloni, as well as 12 dogs and a cat. In fact, working with animals is her specialty. Animals and babies. She will only make a film if it contains some sort of animal and a few babies.
That was just a joke. Not sure how it read, but at least she tried. (And when I say "she" I mean "me" because, clearly, I'm writing this about myself in the third person, since that's what everyone does for their website bios).
Hello & Welcome!
"I dream for a living.-Steven Spielberg"
Things I've Made
The following items are things I've made at some point in time...
Short Film, Coming Soon
A mockumentary-style short film that follows a Jewish family as they throw an extravagant, coming-of-age celebration...for their dog. Naturally, doggie drama abounds, but the family comes out stronger in the end. After all, you can't have a Bark Mitzvah without a little bite!
Award of Merit | Best Shorts Competition 2015 | California
Best Actress | Chelsea Film Festival 2015 | New York
Best Screenplay | Chelsea Film Festival 2015 | New York
Best Comedy Short | International Family Film Festival 2015| LA
Henley Film Festival 2015 | London
Fort McMurry Film Festival 2015 | Canada
NewFilmmakers International 2015 | New York
Ruff Cuts Film Festival 2015 | Virginia
International Chicago REEL Shorts Film Festival 2015
Short Film, 2014
Producer, Director, Editor
Trapped in a world of her own creation, a comatose girl struggles to differentiate between reality and dreams. She is haunted by memories of her past, and suffocates in the depths of her thoughts as she tries to wake up.
Jury Award, Best Student Film | Oceanside International 2014 | CA
Audience Choice, Best Student Film | Oceanside International 2014
HollyShorts Film Festival 2014
Screened at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood
Short Film, 2013
Co-Writer, Producer, Co-Director, Editor
A series of romantic vignettes looks into the lives of two different families in the 1960s. Love transcends time and space as two best friends, Emma and Daniel, reach pivotal points in their friendship, and discover their true feelings toward one another.
Best Youth Directed Short | Portland Oregon Women's FF 2013
Featured on Joseph Gordon Levitt's TV show, HitRECord, 2014
Acquired for Distribution by IndieFlix SnagFilms
Viewfinders International 2013
Albany FilmFest 2013
Santa Monica Teen FF 2013
The Lake Effect
Feature Film | Post-Production
Four childhood friends — Nate, Jess, Maria, and Greg — are home from college for the summer and venture to the old Michigan lake house for a weekend getaway. Tensions arise when Jess brings her new boyfriend Alex along for the trip. Nate was hoping it would be just like it was when they were kids, but everyone seems to be on different agendas. When the real reason Maria and Jess wanted to come up to the lake house is revealed, a shocking discovery in the lake leads to the unraveling of this once close-knit group of friends.
when jeff tried to save the world
Feature Film | Development
Jeff is the manager of Winky's World of Gaming and Bowling. He works the same time every day, rents the same lanes every day, and avoids the same coworkers every day. Routine is Jeff's middle name, and he likes it that way.
When his boss's ex begins a hostile takeover of Winky's with plans to sell, Jeff must fight the inevitable with what he's got: a high school stoner, an overly friendly janitor, a highly emotional cook, a decrepit old man, and his semi-alcoholic boss. Not to mention Pac-Man, who frequents his dreams. Armed with this motley crew and the secrets hidden in the walls of Winky's, it's up to Jeff to save the place he's come to call home.
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What is a Kendall?
According to the Webster's Dictionary, a Kendall (noun) is a film-and-television-obsessed, passionate individual whose goal is to evoke emotion in her audiences through the art of storytelling.
Kendall used in a sentence:
Kendall strives to be a voice for the voiceless. She lives, breathes, and eats (both literally and figuratively) film.
I've gotten to a point in my (short) career where I am constantly being asked "Why?" "Why do you do this?" "Why do you like making movies?" Weirdly, this is both one of the easiest and the hardest questions for me to answer.
I've been making movies since before I can remember. I mean even before my brain had the capacity to hold memories. It's something I've always done — something I was born to do. And as cheesy as that sounds, it's true. Telling stories has been engraved in my brain since I was a wee little baby.
As to "why" I do this...Short answer, because I can't do anything else. Long answer, because I don't want to do anything else.
Making movies, in my humble opinion, is the best job in the world.