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  • PRESS KIT Media Inquiries / Linda Brown, Indie PR / O: 818.753.0700, Cell: 310.995.9956 /

    Andrea Grano / / Cell: 323.363.4098

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    Looking for a few days of vacation and amusement, two best friends pretend to be

    lovers while attending a couple’s weekend workshop.


    Kat and Samantha have been best friends for years. When Samantha convinces a

    reluctant Kat to take advantage of a couple's weekend retreat by pretending to be

    lovers, they're hoping for some time by the pool and maybe a few good stories. How

    hard could it be? Instead, they find themselves immersed in an intensive workshop

    with real couples who are fighting to save their relationships. As the "Closer to

    Closeness" weekend progresses, Kat and Samantha are made to face their own

    shortcomings and, by default, begin to believe their own cover story. When the lines of

    friendship begin to blur, they are faced with asking themselves: could it actually be

    there is something there or has this weekend just worked a Jedi mind trick on them?

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    Andrew Putschoegl - Director A native of Oakdale, Minnesota, Andrew discovered his passion for filmmaking from an

    early age, taking classes at the local public access station and often spending countless hours making

    videos for his high school courses in lieu of short papers or reports. At the age of 16, Andrew

    reached out to the Minnesota Film Board and convinced two feature films that were being made

    locally to let him intern for them during production. He worked on Kevin Smith's Mallrats, and D3:

    The Mighty Ducks before he even had his driver's license (much to his parents' chagrin).

    During the summer between his junior and senior year of high school he attended the

    prestigious USC Summer Production Workshop, managing to get kicked off the Universal Studios

    lot after attempting to sneak into Dreamworks for a peek. While still in college, Andrew worked as

    the assistant to the director on the New Line Cinema feature film Sugar & Spice, juggling his college

    courses and a full-time production and post-production schedule.

    Since graduating with a degree in film production from Chapman University, Andrew has

    worked as a director, editor and producer on various award-winning features, shorts, and


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    Andrew Huebscher - Director of Photography A graduate of the USC film school, Andrew Huebscher has lensed dozens of features and shorts,

    including the upcoming horror-thriller The Taking for Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry, the sci-fi

    thriller Channeling for director Drew Thomas, punk rock biopic What We Do Is Secret starring

    Shane West and Bijiou Philips, the epic western Shadowheart starring Angus Macfadyen, the cult

    thriller Believers from director Daniel Myrick, and Last Will starring Tatum O’Neal and Tom

    Berenger. His films have been widely screened at festivals including Austin, Bahamas, Cleveland,

    Crested Butte, Dances With Films, Great Lakes, HBO Black American, Jackson Hole, Jamaican,

    L.A., London Int’l Horror, Malibu, Method Fest, Nashville,

    Newport Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Prism, RiverRun, Santa

    Monica, Slamdance, Stony Brook, Sundance, Tel-Aviv,

    Tribeca, and WorldFest Houston. He received the American

    Society of Cinematographers’ Heritage Award for his short

    form work. Huebscher’s commercial work is on display at

    MoMA’s AICP collection in NYC. Episodic credits includes

    Comedy Central’s TOSH.0, Vin Diesel’s The Ropes for FOX

    Digital, and documentary content for Aljazeera America.

    Paul Buckley – Composer Buckley earned his BA in Media Studies from Pomona College in

    1992, and quickly found a musical home in the studios of now-retired Seinfeld

    composer Jonathan Wolff. Over the ensuing eight years, Buckley scored

    dozens of television comedies, including NBC’s hit Will & Grace and FOX’s

    critically acclaimed Action, before leaving in 2001.

    Buckley eventually settled in Downtown Los Angeles, opening a new

    studio in a historic warehouse in the North Industrial District to accommodate a

    broadening scope of musical assignments. These have included feature films

    Happily N’ever After, Happily N’ever After 2 from Lionsgate, animated series

    Out Of Jimmy’s Head, Spaceballs: The Animated Series and a steady stream of

    prime time TV comedies (Oliver Beene, 2 Broke Girls).

    Buckley is currently scoring Nickelodeon’s Wallykazam, an animated curricular comedy for

    preschoolers, after having completed a number of songwriting assignments for the show, including

    its theme song, Say The Word. Also in the works is an opera, Dead Horses, with librettist Douglas

    Kearney (Crescent City,” directed by Yuval Sharon).

    Corey Ziemniak - Editor Corey is descended from dragons and was born to rain fire on horrible


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    Writer/Producer/Actress (Kat) Tara’s film roles include: Sassy Pants, Terri (2011 Sundance Premiere),

    Number 23, Envy, Ready? O.K., and Single White Female. And the

    award-winning short film Hello Caller. She is an acting member and

    Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Los Angeles based

    Echo Theater Company and an Ovation nominated producer for the

    Echo’s production of Everything Will Be Different.

    Tara has guest starred on over 40 television shows such as;

    Shameless, The Exes, In Plain Sight, Prison Break, The Mentalist,

    Entourage, Saving Grace, The New Adventures Of Old Christine, Bones,

    Lovespring International, Without A Trace, C.S.I., Desperate

    Housewives, Malcolm In The Middle, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue,

    Everybody Loves Raymond among countless others. For the last 4 years

    of E.R., she played the hospital’s social worker, Liz Dade. Starting in

    February 2014, she can be seen on the new Comedy Central show

    Review starring Andy Daly.


    Writer/Producer/Actress (Sam) Andrea Grano most recently worked opposite David Strathairn in the

    upcoming independent feature No God, No Master, for which she was

    nominated for Best Actress at the St Tropez Int’l Film Festival, and

    Best Supporting Actress at The Madrid Int’l Film Festival. Other film

    credits include Scottville, Homecoming (a film starring Josh Hamilton

    and Joseph Cross which she also co-produced), Outside Sales, Primo,

    Knuckle Sandwich, and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Her television credits include guest starring roles on Intelligence,

    Castle, Brothers and Sisters, Law and Order: LA, October Road,

    InJustice, and The District, as well as recurring roles on Fox's 24, The

    Young and the Restless, and David Kelly's Girl's Club. She is a

    member of Los Angeles based The Echo Theater Company, where she

    has performed in numerous plays including the world premiere of

    David Ives' The Other Woman, as well at Kate Robin's ANON. In

    2010, she starred Off-Broadway in the world premiere of White's Lies

    opposite Betty Buckley, before returning to Los Angeles where she appeared in God's Ear (Echo

    Theater Company, 2012). She is CFO and co-founder of Sneaky Pete Productions, LLC, and is an

    Executive Producer on The Winning Season (With Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts) and Wilde

    Salome (with Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain).

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    From “KAT” (Tara Karsian) and “SAMANTHA” (Andrea Grano)

    Writers, Producers, Co-Stars

    “The idea for BFFs came directly from our relationship as friends,” says writer and co-star

    Tara Karsian (“Kat”). “Andrea and I banter back and forth a lot like a couple and this often ends in

    Andrea telling me that we need to go to couples therapy. We know couples who have gone to

    whacky and humiliating therapy weekends only to go right back to the way they were beforehand, so

    we aren’t convinced they work.”

    “We were talking about one of those weekends,” says writer and co-star Andrea Grano

    (“Samantha”). “I joked with Tara and suggested we sign up for one just to have some great stories to

    tell. Tara thought I would get so caught up in it all that I’d end up believing everything they

    preached. We went back and forth joking and plotting out how the scenario would unfold if we went

    pretending to be a couple. Then we thought ‘What if we started believing we were actually in love

    with each other?’ That’s when it dawned on us. This was a great idea for a script!”

    The two set out to write BFFs as a short film. But once they got going, they realized the story

    needed to be a full feature. In three short months, the script was ready to send out to a few trusted

    friends in the business. “The response was overwhelmingly positive and we started to think about

    who we could sell the script to,” they said. “But the more we thought about it, the more we realized

    we had