An idealistic girl’s first day volunteering at a women’s health clinic deep in a red state. The building is gated, doors are kept locked and blinds stay closed. A small, dedicated staff does its work despite the sense of threat. Meanwhile, somewhere outside, a mysterious man watches … and waits. By Wesley Strick and Marla Strick, USA
Wesley Strick: Director, Writer
Wesley Strick was born and raised in New York City. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where he studied creative writing with the Irish poet Thom Gunn.
Strick began his writing career as a rock critic and journalist, contributing articles and reviews in the late 1970’s to Circus, Creem and Rolling Stone. His script for Mike Nichols’ Wolf, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson, won a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film of 1994.
Strick has written, rewritten and co-written a wide variety of Hollywood films, from the horror comedy Arachnophobia to the drama Return to Paradise to the videogame adaptation Doom. In 1991, Strick penned the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear, starring Robert DeNiro. He has worked as a script doctor on numerous other films, including Batman Returns, Face/Off and Mission Impossible: II. Since 1995, he has served as a creative advisor at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab.
The Loft, Strick’s American adaptation of the Belgian thriller directed by Erik Van Looy, starring James Marsden and Matthias Schoenaerts, will be released by Universal in August 2014.
Marla Strick: Executive Producer
Marla Strick worked as Wardobe Assistant to costume designer Hillary Wright on Critters, then doing just about anything on any set she could wangle her way on to.
Marla co-founded a short-lived but groovy video production company, Caplan & Strick, producing Iggy Pop’s “Cry of Love” video (directed by Julien Temple) among others. She then went on to run an even groovier antique shop, Junkies. Because the store was located near three major studios, her core business was selling props and decoration for movie sets. After seven years it was time to move on again.
Marla began joining and volunteering for many women’s groups and political movements (from the Hollywood Women’s Political Caucus to L.A. Free Clinic ), culminating in a position on the Obama campaign as Lead Volunteer Coordinator for North Central Los Angeles in the 2012 election.
After 28 years of living in L.A., Marla and Wesley joined forces professionally for the first time, making a short film whose issues and themes motivate and engage them. They are still happily married, even after working together.