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"Here" Thesis Film

Raised toward our $35,000 Goal
49 Donors
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Project ended on January 31, at 11:59 PM PST
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Here - A CSUN Senior Thesis Film

Welcome To The Fundraising Campaign For Here!

Our story, Here, stars Jan, an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease who gets one last chance at love. Between a worsening memory, doctor's visits, and outings with her daughter, Katie... there's not much room for excitement. This all changes when Jan meets the charming Wes Coleman, a new resident at her retirement home. Now, Jan must fight her declining memory while exploring her new relationship with Wes, and maintaining her ongoing relationship with her daughter.  

After witnessing the decline of her own Nana from Alzheimer's, Taylor Berberich was moved to write this story, Here. She knows the pain felt by millions of families worldwide, and hopes to turn that pain into a hopeful, fun and genuine love story. Here serves as a reminder that, even in old age, there is still love worth fighting for and memories worth making. 

Alzheimer's has stolen thousands of lives, and thousands of memories... but it can never take the stories left behind, the stories we pass on and the stories we share. May what we refuse to forget, live Here


What Your Donation Is For


Your contribution will make this film be made and this story be told. All of the money that you donate will be used throughout our stages of production including:


  • Camera & Lighting: Rentals For a Camera Package, Lighting Package, and Grip Equipment
  • Locations: Acquiring Permits, Insurance, 
  • Casting: Hiring Our Talent, Casting Director, Finding Background Talent
  • Sound: Rentals For Sound Equipment, Composing The Score
  • Art Department: Funds For Our Production Design, Set Decorating, Makeup, Wardrobe, Props
  • Post Production: Color Grading, Transcoding, Editing Equipment
  • Craft Services: We Need to Be Able to Feed Our Cast and Crew During our Principal Photography
  • Covid-19 Safety: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Our Entire crew to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Set, Disinfecting Equipment, Masks, Gloves, Sanitizer, Face Shields, Covid-19 Testing, and Equipment for our Covid-19 Compliance Officer
  • And Much More!


Your generosity will help fund this story to be told properly, so any amount goes a tremendous way! Thank You For Supporting Filmmaking!

Contributions to Here are 100% Tax Deductible. The California State University, Northridge Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit California corporation.

What Challenges Will We Face

The Here Crew will be creating this story with Covid-19 Health concerns in mind. Due to the amount of people needed to make this production happen, we will be taking ample steps to ensure the health and safety of our crew by taking Covid-19 tests, abiding by SAG-AFTRA Covid-19 safety guidelines, having a Covid-19 Compliance Officer on set at all times who will be monitoring and teaching proper sanitation and disinfecting precautions. 

Show Your Support

In addition to our fundraiser Hereother ways to show your support would be to follow our social media campaigns! This is a great and free way to support our film by following and sharing on Instagram and Facebook. We will be posting additional content, updates, and behind the scenes material that you can only find on our social media pages. 

Instagram: @here_csunfilm

Another fantastic way to show your support of Here is to buy some of our merchandise! By purchasing a shirt or anything through our online store, part of the sales will help support our production. This is a great way to share your support for our film with pride. 

Here Merchandise Store

Meet The Here Crew

Taylor Berberich - Director | Colin Kirkpatrick - Producer | Alex Alipio-Jocson - Producer 

Janice Ayala - Producer | Angela Peralta - Unit Production Manager 

Dorothy Perillo-Dutton - 1st Assistant Director | Emily Vail - 2nd Assistant Director

Molly Oran - Director of Photography | Isabella O’Brien - Camera Operator

Dana Rubanowitz - Second Assistant Camera | Sean Taylor - Script Supervisor

Yerin Oh - Sound Mixer | Schorl Brest Van Kempen - Sound Mixer

 Francisco Sabio - Boom Operator and Post Sound

Raphael Thomé - Editor | Gustavo Saldana - Editor

Lilly Soto - Post-Production Coordinator | Sammie Villanueva - Lead Sound Designer

Katie De Geus - Production Designer | Li Wei Ng - Art Director

Jesse Lopez - Set Director | Helia Behrooz - Set Photographer


Thank You For Your Support Of Here!

On behalf of all the hard-working students that will make this film possible, we thank you for your support of this production and story. Without your contributions toward this film, this story would not be possible. We look forward to sharing updates along this creative journey from script to screen.

If you have any questions or comments you would like to share with the Here team, please reach out to one of our producers. 

Colin Kirkpatrick -

Alex Alipio-Jocson -

Janice Ayala -

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Social Media Shoutout

Thank you for supporting Here! You will receive a shoutout over on our Instagram and Facebook pages!


The Art Behind "Here"

With this tier, you will receive access to our digital library of concept art, posters, and the storyboards that help tell the story of Here! (Includes all previous levels)


Behind The Scenes Of "Here"

With this tier, you will get to see behind the scenes photos of our production and all of the crew who make this film possible! (Includes all previous levels)


Behind The Scenes Video

With this tier, you will have early access to our Behind The Scenes Of "Here" Video! (Includes all previous levels)


Personalized Thank You Video

With this level, you will receive a personalized thank you video from a crew member of your choice. (Includes all previous levels)


Crew Photo

With this tier, you will receive a printed photo of the "Here" crew. (Includes all previous levels)


Signed Movie Poster

Thank you! With this amount of support, you will receive a movie poster for "Here" signed by our hard-working crew! (Includes all previous levels)


Special Thanks Credit

We appreciate your massive support for the story of Here! Your name will be proudly added in the final film's credit with a "Special Thanks" credit. (Includes all previous levels)


Executive Producer Credit

Your huge support is greatly appreciated and we can not thank you enough for supporting our story "Here" and student filmmaking! With your donation you will receive an Executive Producer credit in our final film. (Includes all previous levels)

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