JoeBert Entertainment, LLC in association with Outtake Productions

Play Date

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Credits

Cast

Angie - Abbey Hafer

Katherine - Bettina Skye

Jane - Petra Seirmarco

Amy - Lianna Morra

Crew

Make Up Artist

Sabrina van Vliet

Music by

Chris Christiana

Set Designer

Diann Gogerty

Production Manager

Melissa Malone

Assistant Director

Theresa Labreglio

Cinematographer

Grace Soriano

Produced by

The Cremer Brothers

Melissa Malone

Theresa Labreglio

Associate Producers

Diann Gogerty

Grace Soriano

Written, Directed & Edited by

The Cremer Brothers

A young girl is lured into her neighbor's house to meet a new friend and share some birthday cake. What could possibly go wrong?

Trailer

Director's Statement (The Cremer Brothers)

We chose to make "Play Date" at a time when we were exploring the emotions that accompany grief. We explored

what happens when somebody takes their grief too far. A mother who is unable to accept the fact that her child is dead, lead us to this creepy, awkward, horror film. It was filmed over the course of the same weekend as one of our other short films, "Forgotten". We were reluctant to film with children but our coproducers at Outtake Productions were experienced with child actors so we decided to give it a shot and it went better than expected. We had already worked with Bettina Skye, Petra Seirmarco, and Abbey Hafer. This was our first time working with Lianna Morra (other than "Forgotten" which was shot the night before) and we were delighted with her performance and professionalism. These films ("Forgotten" and "Play Date") were the first time that we had a crew. Teaming with our friends at Outtake Productions allowed us to step back and have a more hands on approach to directing without having to worry about the sound and cinematography.

The location was a bed and breakfast that we rented for the weekend to shoot these two short films. The location also housed the crew and some of the cast. Unfortunately the upstairs hallway was much smaller than we had anticipated and we were unable to draw out the suspense of Amy’s reveal the way we had originally wanted to but we did the best with what we had and were pleased with the end result. Although we thought the final shot of the film would leave people laughing (it was funny to us) most people find it creepy and disturbing.

Screenings & Official Selections
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Awards & Nominations
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Production Information

Year of Production
Duration
Genre
Camera
Ratio
Language
Budget
Filming Locations
2018
7:42
Horror/Comedy
Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro​
2:35:1
English
$1281.13
Accord, NY USA
Photo Gallery

Abbey Haffer (Angie) poses with balloon animal. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Producer, Melissa Malone, takes selfie with balloon dog. Melissa Malone.

The set designed by Diann Gogerty and Sabrina van Vliet. Photo by Joe Cremer.

Abbey Haffer (Angie) between takes. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Abbey Haffer (Angie) poses with co-star Bettina Skye (Katherine). Photo by Melissa Malone.

Lianna Morra (Amy) and co-star Abbey Haffer (Angie) take a photo together. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Petra Seirmarco (Jane) and Bettina Skye (Katherine) pose together. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Bettina Skye (Katherine) and Lianna Morra (Amy) take a photo together. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Petra Seirmarco (Jane) and Bettina Skye (Katherine) wait for director, Joe Cremer and cinematographer, Grace Soriano, to set up a shot. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Petra Seirmarco (Jane) and Bettina Skye (Katherine) wait for director, Joe Cremer and cinematographer, Grace Soriano, to set up a shot. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Petra Seirmarco (Jane) and Bettina Skye (Katherine) share the screen. Photo by Melissa Malone.

A selfie of producers, Melissa Malone, Theresa Labrgelio, and Diann Gogerty. Photo by Melissa Malone.

Official poster. Poster by Melissa Malone.

Posters for "The Angry Man" and "Play Date" set up in the screening room at the 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival.

Bettina Sky with The Cremer Brothers, Diann Gogerty, Melissa Malone, and Theresa Labreglio during the networking party at the 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival.

(from left to right) Melissa Malone, Diann Gogerty, Theresa Labreglio, Joe Cremer, and Herb Cremer "networking" at the 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers on the red carpet at the 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers representing "The Angry Man" and "Play Date" on the red carpet at the 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival.

The 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival award ceremony, where "Play Date" was nominated for Best Horror/Thriller and Best Actress in a Horror/Thriller (Bettina Skye).

The 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival award ceremony, where "Play Date" was nominated for Best Horror/Thriller and Best Actress in a Horror/Thriller (Bettina Skye).

(from left to right) Lori Anne Sword, Diann Gogerty, Theresa Labrelgio, Melissa Malone, Joe Cremer, Grace Soriano, and Herb Cremer on the red carpet at the 2019 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival, representing "The Angry Man", "Play Date", "Forgotten" and "A Tall Drink of Walter".

The schedule for the 2019 Reels of the Dead Film Festival in Las Vegas, NV that screened "God's Law" and "Play Date".

"Play Date" screening at the 2019 Reels of the Dead Film Festival.

"Play Date" screening at the 2019 Reels of the Dead Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers with Staci Pippi (director of the Reels of the Dead Film Festival).

The July 2019 Pop Up Anthology promo photo that includes "Forgotten" and "Play Date".

The Cremer Brothers with Theresa Labreglio and Melissa Malone representing "Play Date" and "The Angry Man" during the Q&A at the August 2019 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Joe Cremer representing "The Angry Man" and "Play Date" during the Q&A at the August 2019 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Herb Cremer with Theresa Labreglio and Melissa Malone representing "The Angry Man" and "Play Date" during the Q&A at the August 2019 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Group selfie on the red carpet at the August 2019 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Theresa Lebreglio and Melissa Malone getting ready for the awards ceremony at the August 2019 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Melissa Malone accepting the runner-up ceritifcate for Best Thriller/Horror at the August 2019 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Melissa Malone accepting the award given to Bettina Skye for Best Actress in a Horror at the August 2019 Brightside Tavern Film Festival.

Poster for the 2019 Hudson Valley Film Fest.

Promotional poster for the 2019 Hudson Valley Film Fest.

The lineup for the September 2019 Jersey City PopUp - Horror Edition.

The screen at the September 2019 Jersey City PopUp Film Festival - Horror Edition.

The Cremer Brothers during the Q&A at the September 2019 Jersey City PopUp Film Festival - Horror Edition.

Joe Cremer during the Q&A at the August 2019 Jersey City PopUp Film Festival - Horror Edition.

Herb Cremer during the Q&A at the August 2019 Jersey City PopUp Film Festival - Horror Edition.

The Cremer Brothers during the Q&A at the August 2019 Jersey City PopUp Film Festival - Horror Edition.

Joe Cremer during the Q&A at the August 2019 Jersey City PopUp Film Festival - Horror Edition.

The Cremer Brothers at the August 2019 Jersey City PopUp Film Festival - Horror Edition.

The flyer for the October 2019 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival.

The flyer for the award nominations for the October 2019 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival. "Play Date" was nominated for Best NJ/NY Horror Film.

The Cremer Brothers on the red carpet at the October 2019 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival.

A sign for the October 2019 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival.

A sign for the October 2019 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival.

A sign for the October 2019 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival.

The still being displayed for the award ceremony during the Best NJ/NY Horror Film at the October 2019 New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival.

The official selections for The 2019 Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival.

The schedule for the 2019 Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest.

The marquee at Teaneck Cinemas for the 2019 Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest.

The marquee at Teaneck Cinemas for the 2019 Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest.

The Cremer Brothers during their Q&A at the 2019 Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest.

The Cremer Brothers on the red carpet at the 2019 Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest.

The Cremer Brothers doing a red carpet interview at the 2019 Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest.

The Cremer Brothers during the Q&A at the 2019 Scared for your LIIFE Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers during the Q&A at the 2019 Scared for your LIIFE Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers during the Q&A at the 2019 Scared for your LIIFE Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers during the Q&A at the 2019 Scared for your LIIFE Film Festival.

The Cremer Brothers on the red carpet at the 2019 Scared for your LIIFE Film Festival.

Abbey Hafer's certificate for Best Young Actress at Hollywood Blood Horror Fest.

Certificate for Best Dark Comedy at Hollywood Blood Horror Fest.

The certificate for Best Twist for the 2021 In The Cut Film Fest.

The Music of Play Date
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Play Date - Entire Score - Chris Christiana
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Facts

This is the final of three short films co-produced by Outtake Productions and JoeBert Entertainment in 2018 (the other two are The Angry Man and Forgotten).

Director Cameo: Joe's voice can be heard on the phone talking to Petra Seirmarco's character. 

The house where the film was shot was also used as the set for Forgotten. It also housed the cast and crew for both productions.

Production began immediately after wrapping on Forgotten.

Lianna Morra played two roles in the same weekend, starring as Amy and also as Mary Ann in Forgotten.