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LAURIE LEE GORETSKI BIO & COMMENTARY

THE WHITE ROOM
 
34:00 TRT
Narrative Psychological Thriller
OK Premiere
 
LAURIE LEE GORETSKI
Writer, Producer, Director
John Lazear-Cinematographer
Ryan Tanner-Editor
EMP PRODUCTIONS
Glendale, CA
 
KEY ACTORS:  BRIAN KROW, SUSAN LILY, ALLEN SCOTTI, STEPHAN MCKENZIE
 
A businessman trapped in his life is forced to confront his sanity.

Gary Whitmoore, (30), goes to sleep and within three days, wakes up in a world separate from the one he knew.  A place stark white.  A place with no windows, no doors, and no exits.  A place he cannot escape, and will never understand, until it's too late.
 

FILMMAKER BIO
 
LAURIE LEE GORETSKI is a girl interrupted.  An outcast from the start, originating from the suburban farm country of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, only to move to the other extreme of Los Angeles, California at age 14. 
 
Always writing, and working any film job she could get, she graduated from Chapman University's Film School in 2001.  Since that time her passionate focus has been to build an independent production company which creates breakthrough artistic films and to continue the tradition of living on the edge, moving boundaries, and even hopefully, breaking through them. THE WHITE ROOM is her 9th short film, covering comedy, drama, psychological thriller, experimental, music video and documentary genres. 

FILMMAKER COMMENTARY
 
Making the short film THE WHITE ROOM took three very long years.  The idea for the film came to me like a cab in New York.  It originated from a reoccurring dream I had when I was eleven (the only reoccurring dream I've ever had), about this space, a place a lot like the white room.

Then when the creation of our main protagonist Gary Whitmore came to mind, the entire seemed to write itself from there.  Over a hundred talented individuals collaborated in the construction of the piece.  What we ended up with has succeeded in being innovative and visually stunning.  One of the greatest accomplishments of the piece is its ability to speak to the viewer metaphorically and symbolically.  A good portion of the film intention is unspoken and resides in the set, characters, and their relation to one another in time. 
 
It's the kind of film that has a bit more to give you every time you watch it.  I have always been intrigued by the subversive elements of society, the darkness, and fears we all have.  I believe that in a way, filmmaking is also therapeutic for me since along the path I seem to be sorting through personal questions while searching for the answers.