• Director

    Natasha Straley

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2018, 13 min

  • Category

    Short Narrative

  • Format

    Digital (screening) – Digital 4K (shooting)

  • Festival Year


Cast: Lenore Marks, Anna Frankl-Duval, Kisha Milling, Esther Chen, Jenna Krasowski, Franck Juste
Crew: Producers: Lenore Marks, Dawn Young – Screenwriters: Lenore Marks –

In a dystopian near-future, the USA has been overthrown by a cabal known as The Regime Republic. Best friends Emma and Chloe, looking for a way to fight back, start an underground resistance movement and are ready to spread their message. But when their very first broadcast attempt is foiled by The Regime, they must find a new way to get their message out. Will they succeed, or will the Resistance be dead in the water?

Natasha Straley started as an actor before accepting roles on the other side of the camera in 2010. She has since worked on various film productions sifting through every department until directing naturally rose to the surface. Focusing on both comedic and dramatic narrative films with dark undertones, her work typically explores the uncomfortable nuances of human nature and relationships. She is attracted to screenplays which push boundaries and dive into the grey area between right and wrong. Directing credits include the comedic social commentary – CAULIFLOWER; the whimsical lover’s story – SHOW & TELL TANGO (starring Jayson Allen Carvel and Melissa Skirboll); a lovers’ slice-of-life demise – FINISHED; and a nod to honor mothers everywhere – SANDRA. Natasha was born in DC and lived across the world as a military brat. Texas became her home before moving to New York in 2007.

Filmmaker’s Note

The idea for this project was born in early 2017. I had just attended the first Women’s March in Washington D.C., and I was so inspired by the power of everyday women uniting to find a common voice. It wasn’t just people in the public eye, people with power – it was women (and non-men) of all walks of life: nurses, cashiers, college students, lawyers – everything and anything under the sun. After the march, and in the wake of an election that left large swathes of the country reeling and many of us very scared for what the future holds, I got intrigued by the idea of Art as Activism. What could I, a working class actor with no political clout and no public voice do to make a difference? And so I started to write, with really no idea of where it would end up. And over the course of a month a full length feature poured out of me. My love of sci fi, my fears for my well-being as a woman in a regressive political climate, my yearning for adventure, and my fascination with what makes people tick all came together in the dystopian world of The Regime Republic. The Resistance is a short, stand alone film that introduces these characters, the world they live in, and the mission they all share. Come join The Resistance! -Lenore Marks, Writer & Executive Producer