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The coming of age story of Liza and Eli: two childhood friends that should be soul mates, but are sexually incompatible.
The Collectin
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Los Angeles, California
United States
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RUNNING WILD is a comedy/romance/western/road movie/coming of age story about LIZA (Zoë Worth) and ELI (Alden Ehrenreich), childhood friends with a disastrously dependent, sexual-tension-laden relationship. Back for their first winter break home from college, Liza and Eli run away together, and embark on a road trip to no where --encountering blood, sex, and a bar mitzvah. Liza and Eli tear each other apart, desperately trying to connect, and just keep running and running and running.

The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro, Beautiful Creatures, Blue Jasmine), and Zoë Worth (Chloe + Zoë, Shut Up and Drive), who in 2009, founded The Collectin. The film features Zachary Webber and Jack Quaid, as well as both Ehrenreich and Worth's actual moms (!!!)

The film was written and directed by Melanie Shaw, and is the first feature film effort from our theater/film company, The Collectin


We began shooting the film three years ago, for very little money, and after an arduous, two-year-long post production period, we have an opportunity to get the film distributed, and seen on places like ITunes, Netfilx, Time Warner, and other VOD/streaming platforms. 

SO. In order to do this, and for the world to see our movie, we must raise finishing funds to help finalize our sound mixmusic licenses, titles, and to premiere the film


Your donations will go towards FINISHING OUR MOVIE, at long last! 

$16,000 is the absolute minimum to cover all of the costs mentioned above. These are all specialized services, and aren't cheap. Any additional donated funds will go towards publicity, our premiere, and tax/legal fees. After two years WE'RE ALMOST THERE, but now we need your help, these finishing funds, to get our movie distributed and viewable. 

If you cannot donate, you can still support us by sharing our project with friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, and so on. 

For more information about The Collectin or Running Wild, visit us at thecollectin.com or check out Running Wild's IMDB page for complete cast and crew information. You can also follow us on Twitter (@FilmRunningWild) and on Facebook! Help us with our campaign by retweeting, and sharing our posts!


Alden Ehrenreich co-founded The Collectin in 2009 with Zoë Worth. He has performed in and produced many plays and short films for the group. He has appeared in a few major feature films including Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro (2009), Beautiful Creatures (2013), Stoker (2013), Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013), and the upcoming Untitled Warren Beatty Project. He went to NYU's Gallatin School, and lives in Los Angeles. 

Zoë Worth, co-founded The Collectin in 2009 with Alden Ehrenreich. She has performed in and produced 12 productions for the group. Most recently, she co-wrote and starred in Melanie Shaw's second feature, Shut Up and Drive. You can watch her web series Chloe and Zoë, hereShe graduated from NYU's Tisch School of Drama and currently lives in Los Angeles. 

Melanie Shaw was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her short films have been featured in the Los Angeles Film Festival, NYU’s New Visions and Voices (2010 Best Director), and NYU's Fusion Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on her second film, Shut Up and Drive, starring Sarah Sutherland and Zoë Worth, produced by Starstream Entertainment, and The Collectin.

The film was produced by Izak Rappaport, Brian Williams and Michael Deveau - fellow NYU grads. Running Wild marks each of their first feature films as producers.    

The film was shot by the wonderful documentary cinematographer Katrina Sorrentino, in a beautifully naturalistic and intimate way. 

Production designer Emma Berliner has worked on a vast variety of feature and television projects, from features like the forthcoming Palo Alto Stories to Boardwalk Empire and Parks and Recreation. Her short film, that she wrote and directed, "Miss Ellis Island", won the Oliver Stone award for screenwriting in 2011. 

Alex Fleshman composed all of the original music as well as several covers featured in the film. You can get a sample of these by donating! 


In the Summer of 2009, Alden Ehrenreich and Zoë Worth created The Collectin, a theater and film collective made up of some 35 mostly college-aged students -actors, directors, writers, and artists; creating work that was tailor-made to the strengths and unique qualities of the actors performing. We starting meeting and creating projects together in New York City. We have been based in Los Angeles, but with a bicoastal community, since shooting Running Wild in 2011.

On Thursday nights, when not in rehearsal for one of our various projects, the actors, writers, and directors in the group meet for "workshop" at The Bentley House (an empty house we use as headquarters in Westwood) where we try out new material, and do scene-work and exercises. We recently wrapped our second film, Shut Up and Drive, in November 2013, and are beginning pre-production on our third.

cast photo from "Running Scared: The Technology Show", 2010

photo from the Bentley house, in Westwood, CA. at weekly Collectin meeting

sam alper performing in "The Collectin Does Lenny Bruce", Los Angeles, 2012

backstage at "Best of Bentley", Los Angeles, CA. 2012

dylan harris and izak rappaport performing at The Bentley house, 2013.


emma berliner on set of her film, "Miss Ellis Island", NYC, 2011.

zoë worth performing in "The Collectin Does Lenny Bruce", Los Angeles, 2012.                          


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  • $5USD
    Shout Out!

    A special shout out from The Collectin's Facebook and Twitter! Impress your friends!

    5 claimed
  • $10USD
    Collectin Collage

    Your name (or the nickname of your choice) listed in a beautiful, THANK-YOU collage on our website.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    Sellectin Soundtrack

    A special link to download all the original music in the film, composed by Alex Fleshman, along with some Ukelele Ike and other classic Public Domain jams. Plus, your name on our website-mural!

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Collectin Credit

    Your name (or nickname of your choice) listed in a beautiful, THANK-YOU collage on our website, AND the credit sequence at the end of our movie! Way cool.

    32 claimed
  • $40USD
    Free Shirt, T-Shirt!

    A special, one-of-a-kind, Collectin T-Shirt. And! All of the above (thank you in our end credits and on our website mural, plus the movie soundtrack). (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)

    6 out of 96 claimed
  • $50USD
    Collectin Collection DVD!

    A special, presumably limited-edition, DVD of RUNNING WILD, along with BONUS VIDEOS: behind the scenes footage, shorts made by Melanie Shaw and other members of The Collectin, maybe even some "Chloe and Zoë" eps. You get that amazing DVD, ALONG WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE! Except the T-shirt. Pick one. (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

    18 out of 38 claimed
  • $75USD
    Mel's Idea!

    A little, hand-made book of photos and artwork from Running Wild, made for you personally by director Melanie Shaw. Plus, all of the above, sans limited rewards. (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

    4 out of 9 claimed
  • $150USD

    RUNNING WILD movie poster signed by Alden Ehrenreich, Zoë Worth and Melanie Shaw. We will give you your poster at the PREMIERE, which you also get a ticket to! If you can't make the premiere, we will ship it to you. Poster, premiere ticket, and all of the above (sans limited rewards). (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

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  • $200USD
    Production Tix!

    Free tickets to any of our theater productions FOR LIFE. A reserved seat to any "Collectin Presents" performance in perpetuity. PLUS all of the above (sans limited rewards). (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

    1 claimed
  • $350USD
    Errand boys/girls!

    All of the above (sans limited rewards), AND if you live in NYC or Los Angeles -- a member of The Collectin will do one of the following errands for you: pick up groceries, pick up dry cleaning, pharmacy pick-up, sending one or two faxes, walk your dog, etc... we are open to proposed errands as well.

    1 claimed
  • $500USD
    Expert Filmmaking Tips!

    EAT LUNCH with producer Izak Rappaport at the Los Angeles eatery of your choice with a friend! Get his tips on film-making, listen to his experience making Running Wild, and laugh a whole lot. Plus all of the above, sans limited rewards (Travel not included. If under 18, parent/guardian must be present. To be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon date.) (amount over $25 is tax-deductible)

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  • $1,000USD
    Your Very Own Movie!

    A UNIQUE VIDEO straight from your minds-eye! Send us an idea, or a simple one-page long script, and we will make you a one-of-a-kind minute long video to have forever, using our actors, crew and equipment. Fun. Plus, a reserved seat at our LA premiere, a Collectin T-shirt, movie soundtrack, and Free tickets to our theater productions for life!!! (amount over $122 is tax-deductible)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,500USD
    Oo La La!

    A DATE WITH THE STARS TO THE PREMIERE. Sit with Alden and Zoë at the premiere of Running Wild in Los Angeles. Take pix with them, try to hold their hand, share popcorn. This promises to be a night to remember! Plus, a thank you in our credits/website mural, a signed movie poster, soundtrack, DVD, and Collectin T-shirt. (amount over $47 is tax-deductible)

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  • $2,500USD
    Big Title for a Big Shot

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film, IMDB and everything. Way, way cool. Plus, a reserved seat at our LA premiere, a Collectin T-shirt, movie soundtrack, DVD of Running Wild + Bonus videos, signed movie poster, and Free tickets to our theater productions for life!!! (amount over $147 is tax-deductible)

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  • $5,000USD
    Be A Boss

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film. WHOA, that's a huge, huge credit! Plus, a reserved seat at our LA premiere, a Collectin T-shirt, movie soundtrack, DVD of Running Wild + Bonus videos, signed movie poster, and Free tickets to our theater productions for life!!! (amount over $147 is tax-deductible)

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