Casey Gates Frey Directs Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy Short "Crystal"


Robert Goldrich
Monday, Feb. 24, 2020


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Casey Gates Frey directed and co-wrote (with Daniel Frey) this short film, Crystal. The sci-fi romantic comedy centers on a neurotic young woman who thinks she’ll never find Mr. Right--until she gets access to a top-secret, artificially-intelligent matchmaking app. It promises to use Big Data, machine-learning neural-networks, and every other tech tool that nobody really understands, in order to find her perfect man...if such a thing actually exists. The film explores the difficulty of finding love in the age of Instagram, and poses the question: Does our technology know us better than we know ourselves?

Casey Gates Frey is a writer and director currently on staff at Elizabeth Banks' WhoHaHa, a digital platform promoting women in comedy. When she’s not spotlighting comedians or making viral videos, the writer-director creates her own work through a film initiative titled Lady Brain, for which she received a BlogHer “Voice of the Year” award in 2016. Her career in media landed her an on-set digital producer role for NBC’s The Good Place, where her work contributed to a 2019 Emmy nomination for Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Series. Her pilot The Bump was a semi-finalist in The 2019 Black List x WIF Episodic Lab, and most recently advanced to the semi-finals of the 2020 Pitch Competition at the ATX Television Festival. 


Production Casey Gates Frey, director/producer/co-writer; Daniel Frey, producer/co-writer; Eric Dern, producer; Andric Booker, DP; Houston Jones, assistant director; Sam Simonds, Maddie Downes, production design assistants; Thia Schuessler, hair & makeup; Sarah Schuessler, costume consultant . Editorial Alec Helm, editor. Graphics/Animation Evan Sorosky Music Ben Stanton, composer. End Credits Song: “Jackie and Delilah” by Whiskerman Sound Design Erik Magnus, sound designer. Telecine Joseph Yao, colorist. Audio Rose Bladh, sound mixer. Cast Manon Mathews, Kunal Dudheker, Kyla Garcia, Jamie Wollrab, and Brick Patrick

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