From short to feature...
The feature film is based on the 12 minute short film, Liza Anonymous written by Leah McKendrick, executive produced by and starring Danielle Beckmann. The short premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at Indy Shorts Film Festival and Austin Film Festival among other Academy Award Qualifying Festivals. In August of 2021, Liza Anonymous was selected for the Tribeca Drive-In to play at the Rosebowl in Los Angeles, CA. The award-winning short has screened at over 20 festivals internationally, and the team is excited to share that the feature film script under the same name is currently in development.
Liza Anonymous follows Liza, a lonely millennial addicted to support groups who disguises herself in elaborately crafted personas on a quest to find her people. But when she discovers that the façade can only take her so far, she must confront her generational trauma to find real wholeness.
Actress and Producer
Danielle Beckmann is a bicoastal actress, producer, writer, and filmmaker with a penchant for creating community in the film industry. In 2019, Beckmann produced and starred in the award-winning narrative short film LIZA ANONYMOUS, which made its world premiere debut at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The short received critical acclaim and she is now reprising her role as Liza in the feature version. In 2022, Beckmann produced and starred in the dark comedy short TIKI BAR FUNERAL HOME that premiered at Dances With Films, and likewise produced and starred in the dark comedy short EX-HUSBAND where she plays opposite SNL vet Bobby Moynihan. Beckmann also portrays the character of Sam in the award-winning horror comedy SAM & KIKI which is on the festival circuit now. She most recently produced the short film CURTAIN CALL, where she was proud to assemble a crew where over 50% were female-identifying. Beckmann is slated for her directorial debut with the short comedy DR. SAM starring Lucie Arnaz, as well as her own horror comedy DÍA DE LA MARIA. You can catch her hosting panels at WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con promoting her table-top show NOVEL CHRONICLES (a crowning achievement of her nerd life.) She is the proud co-founder of her production company Brooklyn Quarter and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and beloved house plants.
Leah McKendrick is a true-blue multi-hyphenate. She specializes in creating work about women behaving badly. She wrote/produced and acted in the rape revenge film MFA -- directed by Natalia Leite which premiered at SXSW and was released theatrically by Dark Sky Films. She went on to write the GREASE prequel, SUMMER LOVIN' for Paramount and Tristar's upcoming TROOP BEVERLY HILLS reboot. She returned to SX this year with her directorial debut SCRAMBLED which she also stars in and wrote about the real experience of freezing her eggs. Lionsgate will be releasing SCRAMBLED February 2, 2024. Up next, she is penning the legacy sequel to 90s slashic, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.
Director and Co-Writer
Kelly Walker is an Australian multi-hyphenate award-winning filmmaker. She has had multiple short films find success in Oscar Qualifying film festivals, and in 2018 won the Jury Award for Best Short at Bentonville Film Festival. Next up, Walker was selected for Australian's In Film Writers Lab, which led to her first feature as a writer and director, MY FIONA. MY FIONA had its World Premier at London's prestigious BFI LGBTIQ+ Festival and has gone to have an award-winning festival run. In turn, it secured distribution, was theatrically released, and is currently available on demand. Walker was selected to talk at BFI Flare’s Lesbians In Cinema Panel, a juror member for Queer Screen and Charlotte Film Festival, and has been a speaker on numerous talkbacks advocating for female filmmakers and diversity behind the lens. In 2023 Walker was a Semi-Finalist for the Black List x WIF Residency with her Audrey Hepburn biopic - THE BEAUTY OF A WOMAN. Walker’s most recent script, THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN, based on the book by Rebekah Crane, is in pre-production with Embankment Films.
Brooklyn Quarter is a storytelling collective, crafting unique web series and films founded in Brooklyn by Danielle Beckmann and Timothy Reese in 2017, and now based in Los Angeles. We believe a good story moves life forward for all of us. Recent work includes Liza Anonymous (short film, 2021) and Tiki Bar Funeral Home (DWF Premiere, Winner of Best of Fest at the Ha Ha Harvest Festival) and up next for Brooklyn Quarter is the horror short Dia De La Maria and dark comedy Dr. Sam. www.brooklynquarter.com