The SOUTHWEST PREMIERE of TESLA will be Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at the 27th annual Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona (where it is an Official Selection). It will screen as part of a shorts program at 1:00pm at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. An encore presentation will be at 7:00pm on Thursday, June 17. For more information see sedonafilmfestival.com and facebook.com/sedonainternationalfilmfestival. Spread the word!
TESLA is a comedy about listening. It’s the colorful tale of an earnest engineering student forced to take desperate action in order to make herself heard by her agonizingly masculine downstairs neighbor…who may or may not be playing the loud music that’s keeping her awake at night. The film is an ironic look at what happens when men refuse to listen to women and ultimately makes an appeal for us all to stop assuming and just listen. Starring Christy St. John , Nick Theurer, and Kimia Behpoornia.
CAST AND CREW
RICK ROSS is an award-winning filmmaker and New York Times Best Selling graphic novelist. He has directed more than 20 film and television projects including the award-winning Backslide, starring Felicia Day (Mystery Science Theater 3000), which the American Cinematheque named one of the eight best comedy shorts of the year. Working with Academy Award-winning producer Kevin Costner, Rick co-created the graphic novel The Explorers Guild, published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, which became a New York Times Best-Seller for Print Hardcover Fiction. Rick holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and teaches directing and screenwriting at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, California.
CHRISTY ST. JOHN is a mechanical engineer turned actress, so she knows what she’s talking about when she warns “Never mess with an engineer!” Recent credits include sorority girl Allie Vanlandingham in HBO’s The Sex Lives of College Girls, girl-next-door Susie in The Christmas Chronicles 2 starring Kurt Russell, scientist Elle in Twitch’s Emmy-award winning Artificial, ditzy waitress Karen in Bounce TV’s In The Cut, femme fatal Zoe Brody in Blackpills’s Duels, bitch Mary Alice in CW’s I Ship It, and type-A Chelsea (who just wants to get to her interview) in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Interview, which she also co-wrote.
NICK THEURER started as a sponsored skateboarder and found his creative background in video broadcasting in Georgia. His knowledge behind the camera is parallel to his passion for being in front of it. Outside of producing the award winning horror film Slapface (Dan Hedaya, August Matruo) and From the Bridge (Gene Simmons, Stan Lee), Nick has starred in The Bay (Kristos Andrews, Mary Beth Evans) and Deceit (Nick Theurer, Jessica Lynn Parsons).
KIMIA BEHPOORNIA is an actress and writer, known for Atypical (2017), Abby’s (2019) and Modern Family (2009).
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
51st annual USA Film Festival, Dallas TX (4/21), Official Selection, Finalist in the International Short Film and Video Competition
27th annual Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona AZ (6/21), Official Selection