MERITxZOE [short]

MERITxZOE is currently on the festival circuit. For a SCREENER LINK please email kylehs at gmail dot com.

"Breaking up with a friend is hard. Breaking up with a battle buddy is harder."

Merit and Zoe are soldiers on a boring US Army outpost in Afghanistan. A year later, something comes up in their veteran group therapy that will put their once-in-a-lifetime friendship to the test.

// This is an impact film \\

Narrative + Call-to-Action + Direct link to resources. Our partners, three of the nation’s leading nonprofits— The Mission Continues, The Bob Woodruff Foundation and Everytown For Gun Safety—are leading experts and providers in veterans, mental health and the power of community.

Merit - Morgan Dixon
Zoe - Haskiri Velazquez
Dr. Cole - Tucker Smallwood

Sgt Mitchell - Daril Fannin
Doctor Veteran - Zeke Alton (Navy)
Grad Student Veteran - James Bane (Marines)
Contractor Veteran - Josh Beck (Navy)
Teacher Veteran - Alicia Borja (Air Force)
Artist Veteran - Assia Lau'ren (Army)
Retiree Veteran - Richard Milanesi (Marines)
Finance Veteran - Thom Tran (Army)


Director/Writer - Kyle Hausmann-Stokes
Co-Story/Co-Writer - Jay Blair
Producer - Liz Manashil, Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, Benjamin Dunn
Executive Producer - Barry Sonders, Chris Marvin
Cinematographer- Sean Conaty
Production Designer - Bruce Shibley
Editor - Diana Fishman
Composer - Kyle Rictor
Costume Designer - Andrew Pedro
Casting Director - Jamie Castro
Co-Producers - Lyandre Pierre, Daril Fanin, Lauren Fash, Satinder Kaur, Paige Compton, Brandon Millett
Unit Production Manager- Ben Dunn
AD - Sara Seligmen
2AD - Emily Lavengood
AC - Michael Ashe
2AC- Pony Gold
Prod Coord/Script Supervisor - Hope Rogers
Production Sound- Jon Orr
Hair Makeup Artist - Red
Asst HMUA - Alexis Lamborn
Unit Stills - Katrina Marcinowski
Gaffer- Benny Alvarado
Electric - Zach Ginnever
Key Grip - Mason Malone
Dolly Grip - Michael Rha
Driver/Swing - Dwayne Coote
Grip - Isaiah Goltara
Art Asst - Jakob Shibley
Costume Asst - Christina Loughborough
Covid Compliance - Levi Ashlyn
PA- Nolan Tiongco
PA- Charles Keyes

Colorist Alexander Schwab
DCP Light Iron
Post Production Sound by Transported Audio
Supervising Sound Editor Eric Marks
Re-Recording Mixer Austin Chase
Trailer Editor Joey Tamusaitis (AV Squad)
Key Art Colm Geoghegan (Creepy Duck Design)

Army Trucks, Inc Donna Stirzel Eastern Costume Women’s Club of Hollywood Rosemary Lord Glory Gale Karl Risinger Platinum Pro Portables Hollywood Honeywagon & production Vehicles Hollywood American Legion Innovative Artists Division Camera Burt Rentals SirReel Studio Services Clever Foodies Catering Elizabeth Stokes Huck Hausmann Audrey Ma Anna Ma Kristina Denton Don Broida Brent Buckman Dennis Kee Tim Shaner Jennifer Campbell Josh Epstein Taylor Umphenour Arnold Strong Thom Tran Savanna Bloch