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Union Avenue

Raised toward our $35,000 Goal
32 Donors
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Project ended on May 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Union Avenue - A CSUN Senior Thesis Film

Welcome To The Fundraising Campaign for Union Avenue!

The Story: 

   Union Avenue follows Keith Adams, a Los Angeles police officer who took the life of an innocent man early in his career. Years later, demands for reform have led to better funding for social workers to respond to mental health calls instead of cops. When Anne Davis, a young social worker, runs into trouble conducting a wellness check on a couple with a history of drug abuse, she turns to the police--dispatch sends Keith. Anne quickly recognizes his infamous name, and vehemently disapproves of letting Keith handle the situation alone. But as they enter the residence, they quickly realize that they must work together and combine their methods if they are to survive.

   This story is important because it reflects the very real problem of how poorly police are trained for mental health crises, but also recognizes that not all situations can be solved with just a social worker. Union Avenue tackles the reality that justice in the field isn’t always black and white, and that the best way to save lives often lies in the tenuous gray.

What your donation is for:

   Your contribution is extremely important to provide support for this film to be made and for this story to 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
  • Stunts: Stunt coordinator, stunt double
  • Craft Services: We Need to Be Able to Feed Our Cast and Crew During our Principal Photography
  • Post Production: Color Grading, Transcoding, Editing Equipment
  • And much more


Challenges We Will Face:

   Our film contains multiple stunts and prop weapons. In order to ensure that no one is harmed on our set, we have to do a lot of preparatory work. This includes establishing safety protocols and hiring professionals such as stunt coordinators. Your donations will help us execute the vision of this film as effectively and safely as possible.

Meet the team!

Gino Cazzali - Writer, Director

Joeli Schwartz - Producer | Nick Sherman - Producer

Martin Avina - Producer

Musaid Abdullah - 1st Assistant Director | Audrey Kuehl - Script Supervisor

Maya Tydor - 2nd Assistant Director

Dylan Naber - 2nd 2nd Assistant Director

Jackson Geary - Director of Photography

Priya Burleson - 1st Assistant Camera 

Kandace Moreno - 2nd Assistant Camera

Random Dochtermann - Camera Operator

Emilio Zertuche - Gaffer | Tyler Jones-Juarez - Key Grip

Kuan Wei - Best Boy Electrician | Jason Paullus - Best Boy Grip

DJ Holman - Grip | Hye Young Ra - Grip | Jojo Staromana - Grip

Yorick Moran - Dolly Grip | Josh Ratti - Swing

Hector Velasquez - Key PA | Andre Hurtado - PA

Andrew Naranjo - BTS Still Photographer | Calvin Hite - BTS Videographer

Mickey Hao - Production Sound Mixer | Nathan Arellano - Boom Operator

Dylan Naber - Sound Editor | Nathan Arellano - Sound Editor

Oscar Vasquez - Editor | Jacob Martin - Editor

Chris Woodland - DIT | Micah Moore- Post Producer

Chloe Benz - Production Designer

Emily Gallagher - Art Director | Athena Rethis - Set Dresser

Hunter Hawkins - Costume Designer | Benjamin Nelson - Prop Master

Maren Elardo - Wardrobe Supervisor | Connor Barlow - FX Makeup


Buy the Official Merchandise for Union Avenue!


Instagram: @unionavenuefilm

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Thank You!

Every donation will make a difference and helps this film tremendously. Thank you!


Social Media Shoutout

We appreciate the support! You will receive a Social Media Shoutout on our Instagram page: @unionavenue


The Art of Union Avenue

With this tier, you will receive access to the digital art such as posters, title cards, and storyboards. (Includes all previous levels).


Behind the scenes

With this tier, you will have early access to all our behind-the-scenes content! From photos of our production to our official behind-the-scenes video, you will get it all! (Includes all previous levels)


Personalized video message

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


Special Thanks!

Your name will be included in the "Special Thanks" section of our film's end credits. (Includes all previous levels)


Union Avenue themed package

Signed posters, merchandise such as clothing and key chains. (Includes all previous levels)


Executive producer credit!

As an important member of our filmmaking process, you will be listed as an Executive Producer in our film's end credits. We can not thank you enough for supporting our film! Thank you so much for your generosity! (Includes all previous levels)

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