• Director

    Carl Kelsch

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 17:00

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

FAMILY BUSINESS: 7 films about blood and traditions.

April 23, 2024 @ 7:00PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

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Single dad Nick trolls the parking lots of New Jersey for the next target of his dent repair scam. But with his fed-up teenage daughter in tow, the day quickly goes off the rails.


Carl Kelsch, Director
Carl Kelsch, Writer (For My Facebook, 2016).
Daniel Stewart Sherman, Key Cast, “Nick” – Film/TV: Redacted (Brian De Palma); Lodge 49; Black Mirror (S6, E1). B’way: Kinky Boots.
Nico Schumacher, Key Cast, “Tasha”
Jervon Monroe, Key Cast, ”Oliver”

Director Statement

‘Scammers’ was inspired by my own experience of falling prey to a dent repair scam last year. Turning that ordeal into a short film about integrity has been gratifying. As a gay filmmaker, I try to honor the healthy curiosity that led me beyond the fenced-in yard of my conservative upbringing. I aim to create narratives as thought-provoking as the films that have been guideposts on my own journey.

Director Biography

Carl Kelsch has written over a dozen short films while also working for media companies like Condé Nast and Hearst. As a screenwriter, he notably collaborated with director Jeremiah Kipp (Slapface) and indie icon Larry Fessenden on ‘The Pod.’ As a director, Carl has worked with Emmy-nominated cinematographer Ava Berkofsky and MacArthur fellowship recipient Okwui Okpokwasili (Bronx Gothic). He is currently developing a feature film with producer Trevite Willis, executive producer of The Forty-Year-Old Version.