GRAFTERS: A Short Film

Kurt steals the cars, and Larry, a shady chop-shop owner, sells them. But, Kurt's life soon becomes complicated by offbeat romance and professional competition.
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Nicholas DeMicco
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Denville, New Jersey
United States
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A car-jacker at a crossroads.

We follow Kurt, an expert car-thief, whose life is suddenly complicated by offbeat romance and professional competition.

Kurt works for Larry, a father figure who runs a chop shop disguised as a garage, but Kurt's career is threatened by Joe, a lowly mechanic and aspiring car thief.

Meanwhile, romance buds for Kurt with Emilie, a young mother with complications of her own. Kurt's personal and professional life are speeding towards a dangerous intersection.



  • Philip Lakin is an NYC-based actor who loves collaborating with his friends in the making of theater, stand-up comedy, film, improv, and occasionally freestyle rapping. He became an NYC actor when he was featured on the original "Law & Order," and has since appeared in the film "A Good Night to Die" (Tribeca Film Festival), "Campus Life" (directed by Kathy Scorsese), and "Nikki and Sara Live" on MTV. He studied at Muhlenberg College, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The William Esper Studio.



  • Austin Meehan started acting at a young age, performing in various school productions. After a long gap, where he went to Clemson University with a major in Business Management and a minor in Athletic Leadership, he returned to acting in 2011 when he enrolled at Penny Templeton Acting Studio, where he studied acting for 2 years. Since then, Austin has appeared on various TV shows, including "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Following." He has also appeared in the feature films "The Pledge," "To Get Here," and "Tied Down."



  • Kara Rosella graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and emphasis in Screenwriting. He has her MFA in Acting and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. She's gotten great praise for her acting work, notably in Craig Wright's "Orange Flower Water," Amy Wright's "The Autobiography of a Guy Who Knew Me, Part One," where she received strong comedic reviews, and most recently, as Girl #2 in Layon Gray's award-winning play "Diary of a Catholic School Dropout." One her own plays, "Slipping on Black Ice," has been mounted at the Hudson Guild Theatre in NYC. She is currently writing new plays a teen TV series, and a feature film screenplay. karamarierosella.com

The team behind GRAFTERS is a group of passionate filmmakers, trying to tell compelling stories through film. We made GRAFTERS because we wanted to tell a story about an anti-hero, someone who we sympathize with, but is not really doing the right thing. We wanted to tell a story that dealt with light vs. dark, new beginnings, new love, language and the barriers it poses, and a thrilling film that would keep the audience captivated.

  • Director / Co-Writer:  Nicholas J. DeMicco

    • Nicholas J. DeMicco has been writing and directing films for years. He has a passion for dramatic, stylistic films that dive deep into characters and their environments. His previous films include Facsimile, which screened internationally in 2012, and Home, A Film which was released in 2013.
  • Producer:  Omar Portilla

    • Omar Portilla is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, with nearly eight years of military service and three combat tours to Iraq. Originally Omar got into film through acting, he attended Rosa L. Parks H.S. of Fine and Performing Arts, and was a Theatre major. After leaving the military he attended Montclair State University for his B.F.A. in Filmmaking. He is currently a freelancer filmmaker in the New York City area. In 2012, he started 3YRS2Life Productions.
  • Co-Writer:  Ryan D. Moore

    • Ryan D. Moore, normally a comedy writer, broke out of the mold to write GRAFTERS, and tell a compelling dramatic story very different than his usual style. He recently won an Excellence in Screenwriting Award at MSU. Many films he's written have gone on to screen at several film festivals around the country, including Frank and Franklin, Bosse', and House of the Souls of Blood Mountain. He is currently writing and producing a new animated pilot, Living with Poseiden. He is also a connoisseur of all things beer-related.

  • Director of Photography:  Steven Mastorelli

    • Steven Mastorelli is an award-winning cinematographer, who has been shooting beautiful films non-stop. He has shot several shows for Discovery Channel, has won multiple awards for his cinematography work, including the Excellence in Cinematography Award from MSU, and is currently working on several web-series, short films, and TV shows. Past projects include Creature, Thick Heart, and Folded Hope, which screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

  • We shot 11 long days with an outstanding team of talented cast and crew members, enabling us to put together a great film. After shooting, the film has many steps in post-production before it is ready to be seen, whether that be screening at film festivals or playing the DVDs on your home TVs.
  • While we are asking for $7,500 to complete the film, every penny you donate helps us get closer to our goal.
    • If we are unable to reach our goal, all the money we do raise will still go towards the film. While cutting corners isn't ideal, sometimes it's necessary, and hopefully we can still manage to bring the film to its greatest potential.


Every Dollar that we receive from the donators of this campaign will go towards the film, making sure the film gets the best possible love, attention, and care that it needs to be the best it can be.

  • This short film is a film like no other. It tells a story we know and love, but in an entirely different way. It adds unusual elements and obstacles uncommon to film, making it stand out, and it is sure to keep the audience enticed, interested, and surprised.
  • We are very gratefully lucky to have raised money for the production of the film, giving us the ability to find our cast, go on set, and shoot everything. Those donators continue to support us as we complete the film, and will continue to follow us, along with you, on the journey to this film's success.
  • As Jim Carrey said in a recent commencement speech: "You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
  • We made this film because it is what we love to do. It is a passion we all have, and we intend to continue to tell captivating stories to anyone we can. Your support is monumental in helping us do what we love, and in return, beyond our endless gratitude, we hope the rewards we offer are some form of compensation for your incredible generosity. 


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We, the team behind GRAFTERS, thank you for your time and support and are very excited to have you on our team and help us finish this film!


**Associate Producer and Executive Producer backers do not gain any ownership of the film, will not have creative control, and must sign a release form prior to film credit.

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