The Pick Up

10 min, 2018 - 2k Scope (2.39), RED, 5.1 surround

The Pick Up, trailer edited by David Mason III


Sullen teen Melanie’s trip home from swim practice takes her on a bumpy ride, facing adulthood.

Kayla Fuentes (Melanie) with Ashna Sharan (Mom) and Alexandra Wehr (the Jogger). Image Hans Charles + Meagan Arnold. Poster design Samantha Beach

Kayla Fuentes (Melanie) with Ashna Sharan (Mom) and Alexandra Wehr (the Jogger). Image Hans Charles + Meagan Arnold. Poster design Samantha Beach

The Pick Up is a co-production with the Mason Film Lab in George Mason University's Film and Video Studies Program. Check out a BTS video from set, edited by Britney Flores.


“21 Must See Films About LGBTQ People of Color” The Advocate

“International Filmfest 2019 Visits DC Classrooms” DC Area Educators for Social Justice

 “DC Shorts Film Festival Hosts LGBTQ Showcase on September 12”, Tagg Magazine

“LGBT Themes Abound in this Year’s DC Shorts Film Festival”, Washington Blade



Best Short Fiction Film, Cineffable - Paris
Best Short Film (Audience Award) image+nation Montreal, Canada
Jury Award, Screenwriting, Big Muddy Film Festival
Bronze Award for Independent Short Fiction (Jury), TIVA Peer Awards


October 13 2019 Seattle Queer Film Festival, WA
October 12 CMG Short Film Fest, Los Angeles
July 25 - 27 Lakefront Film Festival, Columbia, MD
May 30 + 31 Bechdel Film Fest, Akron, Ohio
May 4 London Lesbian Film Festival, Ontario, Canada
April 28 Film Fest DC, Washington, DC
April 12 Festival Lesbian Printemps, Toulouse, France
April 12 + 13 Immaginaria International Festival of Lesbians and Other Rebellious Women, Rome, Italy
April 4 Spring Out! Middle Tennessee LGBT+ Film Festival, Murphreesboro, TN
March 2 Outfest Fusion Los Angeles, CA
Feb 26 Lesbian Looks, Tucson, AZ
Feb 24 Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, Illinois (AWARD - Jury, Screenwriting)
Feb 23, 2019 Best Short Films of Cineffable, Paris, France
Nov 23 image+nation, 9:15pm, Montreal, Canada (AWARD - Audience, Best Short)
Nov 10 Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, 4pm, Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov 3 Cineffable Paris Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival, Paris, France (AWARD - Audience, Best Fiction Short)
October 9 Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Florida
Sept 7, 9 and 12 DC Shorts Film Festival, Washington DC, E Street Cinema
August 18 North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Carolina Theater, Durham, NC 3pm
June 9 PrideFest Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, 1230pm
May 25 Cinema Systers Film Festival, Paducah, Kentucky
May 24 Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, Mumbai, India, 415pm
April 5, 2018, Brattle Theater Boston Wicked Queer Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, 630pm

Cast and Crew

Kayla Fuentes - Melanie
Ashna Sharan - Mom
Alexandra Wehr - Jogger
Zoe Elizabeth - Stephanie
Sydni Gift - Angel

Director + Writer - Giovanna Chesler
Producer - Lisa Thrasher
Director of Photography - Hans Charles
Editor - Damon Beirne
Composer - Allyson Newman
Associate Producer - Rebekah Mejorado

Assistant Directors - Nicholas Canonico, Donovan Jones, Bryan Steger, Andy Riddle, Jessica Riddle

Production Coordinators - Livia Elgart, Kauri George,  Adriana Lopez, Carol Merengwa, Chris Rothgeb, Lester Sauble, Taimar Tookhi, Andre Wilson

Casting Assistant + Director's Assistant - Lucas Muratore

Post Production Assistant - Andre Wilson

Second Unit Director of Photography - Damien Coor

1st Camera AC - Everd Rijzewijk
2nd Camera AC - Kyle Van Dyke
Camera Assistants - Mursal Akram, Jack Bolger, Emily Daenzer, Mikayla Fridley, Jason Gilligan, Naod Haddish,  Nick Lewis, Jamie Sullivan Mahon, Julian Nguyen, Erblin Nushi, Lindsey Oblitey, Adam Reforzo, Hector Tolentino III, Tara Tung, Cai Wang

Gaffers - Mike Wilson, Andrew Jorgensen
Key Grip - Chris Franklin
Grip + Electric Swing - Darcelle Larkiin, Nathan Taylor
Grip - Russell Howard, Lester Sauble

Sound Recordist - Mikayla Fridley, Ryan Judge,  Chris Rothgeb
Boom Operator - Kaidan Blackmer, DeShane Jones, Jason Gilligan

Script Supervisor - Serge Magnavox
Continuity - Amanda Rhodes

Key Hair + Make Up - Nasreen Alkhateeb
Hair + Make Up - Emma Baskir

Production Design + Set Decoration - Charlie Hall, Zoe Peters, Rebekah Mejorado, Max Stempniewicz, Colin Stucki

Costume Dressers - Blaire Collingwood, Rebekah Mejorado, Lucas Muratore, Samantha Siewert

Catering + Craft Service - Adriana Lopez, Lester Sauble

Transportation - Russell Howard, Lester Sauble

Colorist + Online Editor - Robbie Carman, C.S.I.
Finishing Artist - Joey D'Anna, C.S.I.

Re-Recording Mixer - Cheryl Ottenritter, M.P.S.E., C.A.S.
Sound Design + Sound Edit: Rick Rush, Amanda Kraus
Additional Dialogue Recording - Zoe Lee Ottenritter

Titles + Visual Effects - David Mason III
Still Photography - Meagan Arnold, Will Sidaros
Poster Design - Samantha Beach
Behind the Scenes - Damon Beirne, Matt McKinney,  John Christian Druitt, Britney Flores

A Production of G6 Pictures, in association with The Mason Film Lab and a Lisa Thrasher production