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Charming Stranger Films

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PROUD FILMMAKERS

WE TELL STORIES

We’re proud of our work. The heart of a truly great film is its story. Everything that goes into making a film, from costume choices to special effects, is there to reinforce the story being told. The best movies have something different about them, whether it’s fresh, original dialogue or interesting shots. 

Take a look at our work below.

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OUR WORK

LATEST PROJECTS

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Cameo Wood
Director

Real Artists

Logline: 

In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job, but, when she discovers the truth of the modern 'creative' process, she must make a hard choice about her passion for film. 

Synopsis:

Sophia scores an interview at her dream job; the world famous animation studio, Semaphore.  The chief creative officer and legendary designer, Anna Palladon, is interviewing her for the final interview.  It comes to light that Sophia had fan-edited Semaphore's blockbuster hit, Mythos, and had distributed it online to rave reviews. Initially Sophia is crushed and thinks that her chances to be hired are now ruined, until Palladon reveals that this was the sole reason Sophia was given the interview.  After signing a draconian NDA, Sophia is shown into the creative heart of Semaphore Films, and the dark truth of the future of animation is revealed. 

SHORT FILM

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Cameo Wood
Director

Reflection

Logline: 

A 911 call thrusts Elliot into a scene of violence and destruction and they find themselves making the ultimate sacrifice.

Synopsis: When Elliot receives a chilling 911 call, their life takes an unexpected turn as they find themselves at the center of a harrowing scene filled with violence and destruction. As the situation escalates, Elliot must confront their fears and make a heart-wrenching decision that could potentially cost them everything.

SHORT FILM

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Austin Smagalski
Director

To Die Alone

Logline: 

After suffering a terrible injury while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Irving must find a way to escape the woods alive and confront her inner demons with the help of a stranger.

Synopsis:

Irving, a reserved solo-hiker, encounters a friendly EMT named Ford while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The two hike together to a nearby lake, but disaster strikes when Irving is badly wounded while swimming. With a life-threatening injury and the very forest turning against them, Irving and Ford must face the elements of the off-season and the ever-present threat of infection as they fight to escape the woods alive. This harrowing survival thriller will have you asking: what would you do to survive?

FEATURE FILM

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Alethea Root
Director

Good Side of Bad

FEATURE FILM

Logline: 

When a young photographer has a severe mental break, her siblings come together to help her heal.

Synopsis:

Three adult siblings are brought back together after a shocking diagnosis forces them to confront harsh future realities regarding the mental state of one of their own. A raw and intimate look into what it means to be a family navigating the waters of mental illness, Based on the bestselling book The Good Side of Bad, this raw family drama touches on our shared human experience of disconnectedness, and how connecting to each other is ultimately the best way to help one another.

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Kersti Bryan
Director

Stalled In Eight Etudes

SHORT FILM

Logline: 

Eight lives intersect in a municipal courthouse bathroom and find a surprising humanity.

Synopsis:  We follow a beautiful heeled woman to a municipal courthouse women’s restroom. She discovers all the stalls are taken by the various shoes underneath the stall doors. A loud PING PING can be heard from one of the stallees cell phones. The woman returns to the mirror as readies herself to complete her divorce and as she exits, another stall opens and reveals a woman in a neck brace... Stalled In Eight Etudes is a whimsical, slice-of-life meditation on justice and perception -- eight women cross paths in a courthouse bathroom and find a surprising humanity. 

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Rachel Myers
Director

Bourn Kind
The Tiny Kindness Project

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Logline: 

A Black- Jewish street artist confronts the fear and isolation of the moment through art.

Synopsis:

A social activism project and street art campaign, captured in our film BOURN KIND. In the film and real-life mural campaign; BOURN confronts division, fear and the isolation of the moment and the Black Lives Matter movement with art to spread kindness.Tiny Kindness is about this moment of division in America and that we have more in common than what separates us.

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Dylan Boom
Director

SHORT FILM

Elevate

Logline: 

A security guard's uneventful night shift takes an unexpected turn when a chance encounter forces her to confront the unspoken realities of her life.

Synopsis: Tiffany, a hardworking security guard, spends her nights patrolling a government building. On one such night, she has a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger that triggers a series of unsettling thoughts about her own life.

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Heidi Hornbacher
Director

Arrow

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Logline: 

The Stolen Life of an American Heritage Mustang.

Synopsis:

When a woman discovers the origins of her rescue horse, she moves to Oklahoma to reunite him with the man who raised him. Twenty years after being stolen, trafficked across the American West, and nearly killed, Arrow is saved by a woman determined to find out who he is. When she learns he's a rare Choctaw Mustang she knows she must reunite him with the man who raised him and who still safeguards this special breed. This is the story of their reunion.

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Katie Austin
Director

Aubergine

SHORT FILM

Logline: 

A light-hearted short about a sex worker, who wants to set boundaries with her client, but when she uses her safeword, it works a little too well.

Synopsis: It's just another normal day doing companion work for Marie, until her client, Jack, spanks her without her consent. Marie uses her safe word, and it works to stop the spanking, but it also has a side effect. So she calls her confident best friend, Natalie, who explains that things can go very wrong when you don't enforce your boundaries confidently. She also tells her she only has five minutes to reverse the problem before Jack stuck forever.

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Manon de Reeper
Director

Uncontrol

Logline: 

Deep in the throes of psychosis brought on by neglected OCD, a woman comes to face her inner demon.

Synopsis: Abby, a woman consumed by neglected OCD, finds herself trapped in a web of psychosis. Haunted by her inner demons, Abby battles debilitating obsessions and paralyzing anxiety. As her reality blurs, she confronts her darkest fears. Determined to regain control, Abby embarks on a harrowing journey into her own mind, seeking to unravel the origins of her disorder and confront her inner demon head-on.

SHORT FILM

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Cameo Wood
Director

SHORT FILM

Nice

Logline: 

A blind assassin confronts an adversarial representative of the competition.

Synopsis: In a world of shadowy assassins, a blind killer finds themselves face-to-face with a formidable adversary representing their rival organization. Determined to protect their own existence and triumph over the competition, the blind assassin must rely on their sharpened senses, unparalleled skills, and cunning strategy to confront their powerful adversary head-on. 

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Cameo Wood
Director

Duke in Summer

Logline: 

A short visit to the reindeer herders of the east
taiga in Mongolia.

Synopsis: Living a nomadic lifestyle, this small group of reindeer herders move with the seasons between their camps in the taiga, riding their reindeer and finding joy in the pleasures of life. A sense of intimacy with a 'home video' feel.

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

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Cameo Wood
Co-Director

The Secret Guide to
Alternative Beijing

Logline: 

A video travel guide series giving insight into the skyrocketing alternative art, fashion, music, and nightlife culture in Beijing.

Synopsis:

Through blog posts and bite-size video-stories, The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing offers world travelers an inspiring insider’s view into one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding contemporary art, music and fashion scenes in the world. The Secret Guide covers everything from the city’s major attractions to offbeat art galleries and shops, interviews with key innovators and influencers in Beijing’s creative community, as well as practical information and more.

TV SERIES - TALK SHOW

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