MT Shorts, the award-winning creative production company behind ‘Hey, Beautiful!’ and ‘High School Zoomiscal,’ has announced its next original musical short, STILL HERE, starring Broadway’s Nathaniel Stampley (Paradise Square, The Color Purple), Lana Gordon (Hadestown, CHICAGO) and Nicholas Rodriguez (Company, Tarzan), Lance Roberts (The Music Man, My Fair Lady), Michelle Dawson (Spiderman, Mamma Mia), David Harris (Moulin Rouge, 3x Helpmann Award nominee), and Natalie Roy ( CBS’s The Equalizer, Showtimes’ The Affair) directed by Kaye Tuckerman (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Mamma Mia).
After a successful film festival across the country and abroad, STILL HERE will make its New York City debut at the Big Apple Film Festival on Tuesday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the Quad Cinemas. A wide online release is planned for March 2023.
“Having spent the last several years telling stories through a musical lens, we’re excited to share STILL HERE at the epicenter where theater and film converge, with a screening just a few blocks from the heart of Broadway,” MT Shorts co-founder/producers Greg Kamp and Sarah Ellis said: “Personally, we hope that after the collective grief we’ve experienced over the last few years, this film about what it means to move on when you’ve been abandoned behind will move the audience towards healing – and make them hum.”
With a poignant screenplay and three original songs by the award-winning team of Ben Roseberry (The Lion King, A Gentleman’s Guide…) & Chip Klose, “STILL HERE” is an original musical short that chronicles the intimate struggles of Nathan (Stampley). , a middle-aged widow, on the two-year anniversary of his wife’s (Gordon) death. Nathan is reluctantly talked into a night out with friends at one of their old hangouts in New York City and finds himself a stranger in a world where “swiping” culture dominates meaningful connection. When his friends’ well-intentioned frivolity inspires visions of what once was, Nathan is caught between the desire to move on and the ever-present sense of being left behind.
Rounding out the creative team are choreographer Karen Sieber, cinematographer Alex Pepper, music supervisor/arranger Patrick Sulken, production designer Matthew Solomon and editor Ben McHugh. The producing team is led by Sarah Ellis and Greg Kamp, with Tom & Cathy Sakiyama, Randall Bayne and Kaye Tuckerman serving as executive producers and Andrew & Larry Goren (Harmony Helper), Skip Lehman, Barry & Terri Ellis as producers.
STILL HERE will be screened at the Big Apple Film Festival on Tuesday, November 15 at 4 p.m. at the Quad Cinemas (34 W 13th St, NY, NY). Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at www.mtshorts.com/bigapple
MT Shorts, founded by Sarah Routh Ellis and Greg Kamp, is an award-winning creative production company where musical theater and short film meet with a mission to bring the voices of a rising generation to the screen through the creation of original musical short films. At its core, MT Shorts seeks to offer new composers a way to explore writing for film and the luxury of a short-form digital content platform with an unlimited amount of musical theater legacy to preserve viewership while pushing form. MT Shorts films have been at Big Apple Film Festival, Georgia Shorts Film Festival, Austin Spotlight Film Festival, Festigious Los Angeles, Capital City Film Festival, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, New York Arts and Entertainment Festival, Beloit International Film Festival, Emberlight International Film Festival, Door Kinetic Arts Festival, Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, Green Bay International Film Festival, TAC Shorts Night, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Atlanta Comedy Festival, The Film Series at Cine Gear Expo, Detroit SheTown Women’s Film Festival, and Everyday Aria. They were also recognized by Zoom at the Innovation Awards. https://www.mtshorts.com
Roseberry and Klose are the songwriting team behind the musical’s PICTURE PERFECT and FROM THE GROUND UP. In 2016 they were finalists for the Jonathan Larson Grant and winners of the MAC Wallowitch Award for Songwriting. Her musical PICTURE PERFECT received a development workshop at Northwestern University (AMTP) in 2018 and was a two-time NAMT Festival finalist.