What’s Uptick?

Directed by

Kelsey Grace Chavarria

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Nick Baker
Sophia Kiapos
Anthony Nuccio


Nick Baker
Sam Joel
Kelley Flynn
Christian Gamarra
Sophia Kiapos
Lauren Mae
Anthony Nuccio

Produced by

Nick Baker producer
Christian Gamarra producer
John Kiapos producer
Sophia Kiapos producer

Cinematography by

Leonardo Agrizzi Netto

Film Editing by

Chris Visser

Makeup Department

Lauren Mae makeup artist

Production Management

Alexandra Glenn Prather production supervisor
David Rodriguez executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Camille Waldorf first assistant director

Sound Department

Jamie Coupar sound re-recording mixer
Drew O’Donnell sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Gehrig Burnett Jr. digital imaging technician
Matthew Smith gaffer
Steven Smith grip
Corey Turner camera operator / grip
June Zhang assistant camera

Editorial Department

Joe D’Alessio assistant editor
Joe Delgado assistant editor
Mesgen Gebremeskel assistant editor

Music Department

Liz D’Alessio music supervisor

Other crew

Shane Cavette production assistant
Mina Huynh production assistant
What’s Uptick?

Fallen Butterflies Documentary

About two years ago, I started directing a documentary with 4th Street Productions about the much underrepresented issue of child abuse and neglect in our nation. We did this by following the work of the child advocacy non-profit “Havenly Blue Foundation” and Priscilla Perez, Tammi Stefano and James Haven . We have been documenting the advocates as they come together to help bring a better life for abused and neglected youth. We still have a long ways to go! Soon we will launch an “IndieGo-Go” to raise funds to complete the documentary project. Watch the video,  and see what Havenly Blue is doing in schools in California. Please check it out!

“Fallen Butterflies”

Art for Change

High School Curriculum Development

The program for High School outreach uses a donated brand mark and art curriculum implementation which encourages strong brand reach, positive exposure and an on-target awareness campaign. The Wall of Fallen Butterflies curriculum will be developed by educators and give opportunity for students to understand how developing art can have impact on the real world. Each participating class will have the opportunity to utilize the Fallen Butterflies mark as a starting point for their project.

Each class will produce unique projects, such as jewelry, paintings, sculptures, etc. featuring the mark. This program and curriculum will be on target and generate a high level of word-of-mouth awareness within the right groups – and will become a model for other classes to replicate easily across the nation. Materials developed will be auctioned off (1/3 to the student, 1/3 to the school, 1/3 to Havenly Blue) or considered for reproduction and incorporation as an official H.B. product.

After successful development of curriculum and marketing materials the students work will be utilized to develop an Etsy artisan campaign. Materials will be produced and marketed to Etsy artists – asking them to take part in an on-line version of the art program. The same commitment to sharing 1/3 of proceeds to Havenly Blue would still apply, and the artist will get the opportunity to choose a supporting non-profit for the remaining portion of the proceeds.

When done right this artisan campaign will spread awareness with taste-makers far and wide, and will affect their work positively.

When do we start? Now!

The “Fallen Butterflies” Wearable Art Project focuses on raising awareness about children who are caught in the cycle of abuse and neglect. This “activist art” project shows students how creative expression and generosity can have a positive impact on the real world beyond the classroom. The Havenly Blue Foundation rallies on behalf of these minors who do not have a voice in the legal system.

Students from Los Alamitos High School meet Havenly Blue Founder Priscilla Perez

Students from Los Alamitos High School had a chance to meet Havenly Blue’s Founder, Priscilla Perez, and hear her touching and inspiring life story. They also looked at historical and contemporary examples of artists who concern themselves with making art for positive change as inspiration for this project.

Students reinterpreted the Fallen Butterflies mark

Each student re-interpreted the “Fallen Butterflies” mark — which features a child’s face on a butterfly’s wings — as a starting point to create a piece of unique wearable art (earrings, necklace pendant, or bracelet). Student work was also selected for an online art auction to raise money for the foundation, the art department at Los Alamitos High School, and a portion went to the individual student.

Fallen Butterflies Documentary

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn


Glitz and glam, the damn rodeo


The fine-print

Butt smacks, you idiot

Lack luster

Cross dressers and lovers

Swept out with the Santa Ana winds

Bankrupt, bail out, crawl for home hipster.

Funk, mind tunnels, kids that dance to Rock, that rolls through EDM

Sunflowers, the seeds between starving teeth


“give it up for fame”

Lyrics from industry pop artists

Hashtag “Lame”

This is LA.

I’m feeling I am,

everything it’s not

The nostalgia of it all.


current inspiration:

hollywood isn’t everything 

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn

Say Hello

I stir raw sugar into my Moroccan tea

pulling the string, the tea bag seeps

The man standing next to me

wears a ragged baseball cap

3 days from a clean shave

brown stained fingernails

but clean hands, pleasant smile and sincere face

invites me to stay and talk for a while.

I say hello.

“How do you do Miss?”

Feeling instantly engaged,

I say ” Fine, thanks!”

“I’m Joshua”  he says with pride

Chiseled chin

Saggy cheeks of happy

Tells me he wants to be taken seriously.

I drop the tea bag in the trash bin and I listen.

He wants to perform a one man show

based on his father’s life

sometime long ago.

Rather quickly he changes the subject,

for 28 years

he claims to have faked

being bi-polar

resisted the Doctors orders

Now at 58,

he knows the sound of coins hitting the floor

knows precisely what the value is

kind of coin it is.

knows how to say hello and get a hot cup of joe.


Say Hello

Cathedral in Another World


As I lie there by myself

A thought  is provoked,

“When does my happiness come?”

My hand drapes wearily.

Is it my hand that’s tired or the fingers moving the pen?

Or is it the wrist that’s connected to it?

My body silently aches

My mind tries to negotiate

But my grip slips and falls limp.


As I lie there by myself

I’m obsessed with ideas that are figments of my irrational imagination.

I make scenarios of realities in my brain which don’t belong to me.

Like a thief with loot, I quickly toss them down the rubbish chute.


As I lie there by myself

Not completely comfortable in my own bed

I could use a softer pillow and blanket.

The heart inside my body,



like the clock on my white wall

The crows approach.


As I lie there by myself

Staring at the ceiling,

Waiting to feel any other emotion,

I reach over

pick up a book

and I’m thrown into a cathedral in another world

not my own.

As I lie there by myself.

Cathedral in Another World

Kill Your Darlings


young Allen Ginsberg.

A new film Directed by John Krokidas.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane Dehaan, Jack Huston, Michael C Hall and Catherine Keener.

About the Director:

“John received his B.A. in Theater and American Studies from Yale University, where he studied acting and graduated with a Distinction in the Major before attending New York University’s Graduate Film Program.
He wrote and directed two short films while at NYU. His first, “Shame No More” played at over 70 film festivals and sold to over ten countries in North America and Europe. His second film, “Slo-Mo” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to play Sundance before traveling the world, winning several awards and becoming a finalist for the 2003 Academy Awards. “Slo-Mo” was bought by HBO, PBS and the Sundance Channel.” IMDB

In theaters October 18, 2013





Kill Your Darlings