You think your family is messed up? HOLIDAY HOSTAGE is a comedic short film that tops your family’s dysfunction. It’s Thanksgiving night and all Abby and David want to do is quickly eat their turkey and ditch their overbearing “still has their umbilical cords” Jewish mother. Before they can make their getaway, Gary, a deranged ex-convict, breaks in and takes the family hostage.
Tensions are high, family secrets are revealed, and Gary just forced everyone to go the bathroom with him. At least Grandma is here to calm the family down. Just kidding, she’s batshit crazy. Can this family make peace with one another before they’re offed? Oy vey!
We know Fed up families...
Creators Abby Walla & David Storch wrote Holiday Hostage to capture what they find funny about their dysfunctional Jewish families. If you come from a dysfunctional family (and who doesn’t?!) you’ll relate to this story. Don't take our word for it, meet our moms...
Abby & David have been doing well in their acting careers, but neither of them are the type to sit around and wait for the next opportunity. That’s why they decided to do it themselves and create their own passion project. And not just any project, but a top notch short film that will be competitive at top film festivals.
Why Comedy? Why Now?
Have you been on Facebook recently? Shit is going down. And we need some laughs! We’re people who grew up on sitcoms and truly believe in the power of comedy. We want to bring you something that will ring true to your experiences so we can all share in the laughs and commiserate over our ridiculous families.
The team :
David Storch is an accomplished actor, writer, and producer. His recent acting credits include HBO’s Silicon Valley, Amazon’s Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Freeform’s Young & Hungry, and Sony’s Fortune Cookie. He was a Co-Producer on the award-winning comedic short film, Love & Germophobia, starring TJ Miller which won "Best Short Film" at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. David is also a nationally touring stand-up comedian and improviser, and has written/produced/starred in numerous viral videos which have garnered MILLIONS of views.
Abby Walla is a dynamic actor, writer, and producer whose recent TV credits include HBO’s Veep, Freeform’s Switched at Birth (recurring), ABC’s The Middle, and Netflix’s upcoming series Dear White People. She's an alum of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Company Member) and has performed with the Tony Award nominated Deaf West Theatre. During her time in Hollywood, she's worked with incredible talent such as Elaine Hendrix, Carolyn Hennesy, and Emmy-winning director Mary Lou Belli.
D.W. Moffett is a veteran actor and director most known for his roles on Friday Night Lights, Switched at Birth, Happily Divorced, Chicago Med, and the Oscar-winning film Traffic. Over the last few decades, D.W. has appeared in hundreds of episodes of television and countless movies. What we’re trying to say is, he’s that guy from everything.
Phil Parmet is a renowned Director of Photography who has worked with greats such as Quentin Tarantino, Rob Zombie, Steve Buscemi, Don Cheadle, Anna Paquin, Cuba Gooding Jr., and more!
Aida Lembo is a bi-coastal Line Producer and Assistant Director for commercials, television and films. She recently worked on 2017 Sundance Films, Band Aid written and directed by Zoe Lister Jones, and Justin Chon's Gook, which won the Next Audience Award at the festival. Some of her other credits include the Netflix feature, Spivak, YouTuber Lisa Schwartz's ABC Series, This Isn't Working and the Freeform series, Party Girl.