When dates go wrong RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.

Winner of the NYWIFT Outstanding Creator of a New York Series

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A BugHouse Media Original Series

Episode 01-04 are now live on the our YouTube Channel. 

Episode 01: MENAGE-A-DOG

Episode 03 : FREELANCE CEO

Episode 02 : LATE NIGHT FOODIE CALL

Episode 04 : MAN BUN & MALA BEADS


Technology can help you find love, but it usually inspires cardiovascular activity?

WHY ? (1) Stranger dating = stinky petri dish

Online dating is mostly strangers colliding their varying degrees of fetish, freak, size, lies, mental illness, beliefs, drinking problems and desire for love, sex, marriage or distraction.  

WHY? (2) Dating surplus = disposable diaper mentality

When I first started online dating, I treated men like disposable diapers.  I was careless with myself and them. Thankfully, this eventually changed.

WHY? (3) But I want love = work it out like Forrest Gump
If you’re truly looking for a connection, The accumulation of the “I can’t believe this is happening again,” feeling will inevitably inspire you to work it out like Forrest Gump.

Run for Your Life is dating meets Run Lola Run. 
— Pilotlight Web Festival
 ZACK GOLD GETING READY TO SHOOT A FANTASY SCENE.

ZACK GOLD GETING READY TO SHOOT A FANTASY SCENE.

It’s hilarious but it’s also a power struggle wrapped up in gender burrito.

We don’t marry the guy or girl down the street anymore (although my dad just did that). Instead we date, fuck, ghost, kittenfish, catch and release, bread-crumb, bench, do the slow fade and the stash.  All these things make for serious comedy, which is what keeps most of us alive.

But in addition to the comedy, as a maker, I’m also interested in the power behind the play, especially as it relates to given and identified gender.  What are the fantasies, assumptions, expectations created before, during and after dating, and how are they fueled by skewed ideas of power?  I believe it is these power-disconnects that can ignite dates into the realm of ridiculous absurdity.

MINI-SERIES FORMAT : INCLUSIVE

Shows are written from either Celine or Richard’s perspective to touch on differing gender perspectives in dating.  Sexual orientation, age and geography will be explored in future episodes and over the course of the series. This is because...

Each season of “Run for Your Life” will maintain a mini-series format and be SELF CONTAINED.

Once we’re finished with Celine and Richard (hipster 30s), we’ll move on to different people, situations and towns....and these singles are always running for their life..  This will give us the opportunity to explore the wide range of people + places and how internet dates can go wrong.

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The Maker's Inspiration

“Run for Your Life” is a fiction show motivated by my personal quest to understand both the absurdity and complexity behind the/my search for love in modern technological times.  With the onslaught of dating and hookup sites comes more accessibility, more options, more noise and even more dating stories… Like the time I went out with “Ray-Ban Man,” who refused to take his sunglasses off for the entire date.  In fact, the third time I asked him, he said, “The more you ask, they more it won’t happen.”

I know I’m not alone in both the PAIN and COMEDY of online dating.  

Meet the Team

  MARTHA WILLIAMS (CREATOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR, EXEC. PRODUCER)  Martha comes from a ridiculously "diverse" background that gives her the creative juice of a mac truck. Preacher's kid, too tall girl forced into basketball submission, saleslady, life coach, sustainability activist, valet car parker...you get the picture. She's been making art since 2003. First as a choreographer and since 2007 as a writer/director for video. Her work has recognized by the London Film Awards, Knoxville Film Festival, West Fest, Broken Frames, CineRail Festival, Dance Magazine, etc. and has been seen The Flea, Joe's Pub, The Joyce Soho, to name a few.  website

MARTHA WILLIAMS (CREATOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR, EXEC. PRODUCER) Martha comes from a ridiculously "diverse" background that gives her the creative juice of a mac truck. Preacher's kid, too tall girl forced into basketball submission, saleslady, life coach, sustainability activist, valet car parker...you get the picture. She's been making art since 2003. First as a choreographer and since 2007 as a writer/director for video. Her work has recognized by the London Film Awards, Knoxville Film Festival, West Fest, Broken Frames, CineRail Festival, Dance Magazine, etc. and has been seen The Flea, Joe's Pub, The Joyce Soho, to name a few.

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  ASHLEY GEORGE (PRODUCER)  Ashley is a director and producer based in New York, New York. Her work has exhibited at festivals and theaters such as Picture Farm Film Festival, GLITCH Film Festival, New York No Limits' Queer Film Initiative, Bideodromo Experimental Film Festival, MIX NYC Experimental Queer Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Santa Cruz Film Festival, and San Francisco's Roxie Theater and Castro Theater. She's a Gemini firecracker in a sugar bowl and is a sucker for all things 90s.

ASHLEY GEORGE (PRODUCER) Ashley is a director and producer based in New York, New York. Her work has exhibited at festivals and theaters such as Picture Farm Film Festival, GLITCH Film Festival, New York No Limits' Queer Film Initiative, Bideodromo Experimental Film Festival, MIX NYC Experimental Queer Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Santa Cruz Film Festival, and San Francisco's Roxie Theater and Castro Theater. She's a Gemini firecracker in a sugar bowl and is a sucker for all things 90s.

  LUCKY CHEUNG (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)  Lucky Cheung is a filmmaker and cinematographer from New York. When he’s not out exploring the world you’ll find him behind the camera across narrative, documentary, fashion, music video, and branded content work. He seeks silver moments in the mundane, and likes brass objects and long walks on the beach.

LUCKY CHEUNG (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) Lucky Cheung is a filmmaker and cinematographer from New York. When he’s not out exploring the world you’ll find him behind the camera across narrative, documentary, fashion, music video, and branded content work. He seeks silver moments in the mundane, and likes brass objects and long walks on the beach.

  MARIA MARRONE (PRODUCTION DESIGNER)  Maria Marrone is a Venezuelan photographer and filmmaker that just recently received her BFA in filmmaking from New York University. She had production designed a variety of projects including short films, music videos, and commercials.   website

MARIA MARRONE (PRODUCTION DESIGNER) Maria Marrone is a Venezuelan photographer and filmmaker that just recently received her BFA in filmmaking from New York University. She had production designed a variety of projects including short films, music videos, and commercials.

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  MARLENE NICHOLS (STORY EDITOR)  Marlene Nichols is a writer & producer who’s worked in feature films, documentary, and reality. As a performer, she has created 5 solo shows and toured theme through the festival circuit in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Paris. In 2013, she was the recipient of The Arctic Circle residency program and spent three weeks sailing and making art in the arctic circle.   website

MARLENE NICHOLS (STORY EDITOR) Marlene Nichols is a writer & producer who’s worked in feature films, documentary, and reality. As a performer, she has created 5 solo shows and toured theme through the festival circuit in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Paris. In 2013, she was the recipient of The Arctic Circle residency program and spent three weeks sailing and making art in the arctic circle.

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THE CAST

  MIA DARROW as CELINE   Mia Darrow is a 3rd generation New Yorker. After attending the HS of Performing Arts, she tried to square-peg-round-hole it studying neuroscience. Now she acts, makes music and is writing her first feature film. She is so psyched to be part of Run For Your Life!    website   / IG: @miadarrow

MIA DARROW as CELINE

Mia Darrow is a 3rd generation New Yorker. After attending the HS of Performing Arts, she tried to square-peg-round-hole it studying neuroscience. Now she acts, makes music and is writing her first feature film. She is so psyched to be part of Run For Your Life!

website / IG: @miadarrow

  ZACK GOLD as RICHARD   Zack Gold has appeared on television series Adam Ruins Everything, DIG, The Colbert Report and had a recurring improv based role on the hit prank show Deal With It, created by Howie Mandel. In 2014 Zack was nominated by the International Academy Of Web Television for Best Comedy Actor in A Web Television Series for his leading role on the viral comedy hit series Stockholm. He performs sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre.    website

ZACK GOLD as RICHARD

Zack Gold has appeared on television series Adam Ruins Everything, DIG, The Colbert Report and had a recurring improv based role on the hit prank show Deal With It, created by Howie Mandel. In 2014 Zack was nominated by the International Academy Of Web Television for Best Comedy Actor in A Web Television Series for his leading role on the viral comedy hit series Stockholm. He performs sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre.

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CHARACTER

Compelling character will be key to making these more than one-line episodes. For example, maybe the warlock feels really misunderstood and is looking for approval. Or perhaps the apologizer is really making the date feel wrong in a backward, passive aggressive way.

  MICHAEL AURELIO as PAUL   Michael Aurelio is a Brooklyn based actor. TV guest star roles include TNT's "Murder in the First" and "We Are Men" on CBS. A lifetime stage actor, Michael has performed at The Old Globe, Redcat, Boston Court Theater, Theatricum, and HERE Arts Center. He has a BFA in acting from Cal Arts.   imdb

MICHAEL AURELIO as PAUL

Michael Aurelio is a Brooklyn based actor. TV guest star roles include TNT's "Murder in the First" and "We Are Men" on CBS. A lifetime stage actor, Michael has performed at The Old Globe, Redcat, Boston Court Theater, Theatricum, and HERE Arts Center. He has a BFA in acting from Cal Arts.

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 MANDY SCHMIEDER as AMANDA  Mandy Schmieder can be seen as "I'm So Bad" Mandy, the bi-curious fitness student, the apologetic scientist, and the pregnant cannibal, as a recurring guest on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. She teaches improv comedy at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) and has an M.F.A. in Acting from UC-Irvine. She's signed with Danny Prather at Hudson Artists Agency.    imdb

MANDY SCHMIEDER as AMANDA

Mandy Schmieder can be seen as "I'm So Bad" Mandy, the bi-curious fitness student, the apologetic scientist, and the pregnant cannibal, as a recurring guest on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. She teaches improv comedy at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) and has an M.F.A. in Acting from UC-Irvine. She's signed with Danny Prather at Hudson Artists Agency.

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  NICHOLAS FEITEL as DAN   Nicholas Feitel is an actor, writer, former modern-dance critic, minor reality show person and current dog walker living in New York City. Credits include HBO’s Divorce, Adult Swim’s Neon Joe and the upcoming James Franco Show The Deuce. He sweats more than most people and is usually happy to meet you.    website

NICHOLAS FEITEL as DAN

Nicholas Feitel is an actor, writer, former modern-dance critic, minor reality show person and current dog walker living in New York City. Credits include HBO’s Divorce, Adult Swim’s Neon Joe and the upcoming James Franco Show The Deuce. He sweats more than most people and is usually happy to meet you.

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  NICK JORDAN as HUCK   Nick was most recently seen guest starring on the Emmy award-winning ID series "A Crime to Remember" and making his Off Broadway debut with the historic Pan Asian Repertory Theater in Damon Chua's Incident at Hidden Temple. In 2016, Nick was nominated for the MITF's Best Actor Award for his work in John Adam's In the Shadow of a Dream. He's worked on several indie features and shorts, as well as some of NYC's best theater, including UCB improv and The PIT's sketch comedy. You can catch Nick as series regular on Trunk Face Media's darkly comic "House of Dreams" web series.    website

NICK JORDAN as HUCK

Nick was most recently seen guest starring on the Emmy award-winning ID series "A Crime to Remember" and making his Off Broadway debut with the historic Pan Asian Repertory Theater in Damon Chua's Incident at Hidden Temple. In 2016, Nick was nominated for the MITF's Best Actor Award for his work in John Adam's In the Shadow of a Dream. He's worked on several indie features and shorts, as well as some of NYC's best theater, including UCB improv and The PIT's sketch comedy. You can catch Nick as series regular on Trunk Face Media's darkly comic "House of Dreams" web series.

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  TAM SHEPHARD as SARAH   Tamara is from Idaho. She went to the very prestigious Idaho State University where she got her bachelor's and then ran away to NYC. She enjoys collecting vinyl records (her recent finds include The Best of Doobie Brothers and Wham!), and walking to meet the step goal on her pedometer. Otherwise, you'll find her at home with her 2 cats Maddie Zeigler and Bruce Springsteen.    website

TAM SHEPHARD as SARAH

Tamara is from Idaho. She went to the very prestigious Idaho State University where she got her bachelor's and then ran away to NYC. She enjoys collecting vinyl records (her recent finds include The Best of Doobie Brothers and Wham!), and walking to meet the step goal on her pedometer. Otherwise, you'll find her at home with her 2 cats Maddie Zeigler and Bruce Springsteen.

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  MERRIE CHERRY  Brooklyn base International Drag Queen/ Creator of the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards/ Mother of Brooklyn Drag.

MERRIE CHERRY
Brooklyn base International Drag Queen/ Creator of the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards/ Mother of Brooklyn Drag.

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