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Carrie Lives Alone

Carrie Lives Alone
After a breakup, Carrie spends her first weekend alone. She isn't sure what to do with herself, but she is sure that she doesn't want to lose her dog, Dax, who her ex also wants to keep. It happens to be one of the worst days of her life. She's lonely and fumbling until finally, she finds the courage to be honest with herself about her fears.
Director Biography - Kali Veach
Kali Veach is a film director and writer whose work has been supported with competitive grants awarded by the Max H. Gluck Foundation and the University of California, Riverside. Her genre-blending, character-driven films explore themes of mental health, obsession, the bonds and limits of intimacy, and the varying ways human beings perceive and move through time. Originally born in Missouri, she moved around the country as a young person and developed a stubborn love for reading and watching movies. It wasn’t until after receiving her BA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and publishing works of fiction and poetry, that she decided to make the leap and commit herself to the making of motion pictures. After working in production, mainly as an Assistant Director on independent feature films, shorts, commercials, and music videos, she learned that working with a team of skilled craftspeople on set is a joy, and that collaborating with actors is the work she is truly drawn to. From there, she pursued an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of California, Riverside with the support of a graduate fellowship, where she received formal training in acting, directing for the screen and stage, and of course, writing. This experience also allowed her to direct several short films and plays with crews ranging from ten to more than thirty. She believes in the power of motion pictures to move audiences in ways that help to uncover truths about themselves and the world around them. For her, movies are best when they take risks. Veach currently has several projects making their way into the festival circuit and she is raising funds for her debut feature film. When not working, she loves to travel, drink coffee, and watch movies with her wife. Director Statement One weekend I was home alone and decided to make a movie. I had a little DSLR camera, the lights inside my apartment, and an idea for a character who lived alone through which I could explore feelings of solitude and attachment. That video became the proof of concept that I shared prior to production with the cast and crew of "Carrie Lives Alone," a movie about a woman on the cusp of middle age going through one hell of a breakup who really doesn't want to lose her dog. The result is a day in the life of this character, but the day happens to be one of her worst. She's lonely and fumbling until finally, she finds the courage to be honest with herself about her fears.