New Short Film Produced in Just 55 Hours

By Renaissance Man Productions, Special for  USDR

Renaissance Man Productions, releases the short film “Best Friend” into this year’s Easterseals Disability Film  Challenge.

The challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, which provides a platform for aspiring storytellers to write, produce, edit and deliver a short film in 55 hours that include people with disabilities. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter for disabled  people.

Written and directed by Cory Reeder, “Best Friend” is a family comedy that tells the story of Deirdre, a young girl from New York struggling to accept Los Angeles as her new home. With the help of her family, and a very special new friend, things start looking up for Deirdre. The film showcases heart-warming performances by Gitane Neil and Andrew “Julian” Alvarado, making their acting debuts.
Available for viewing here:  Best Friend –

“For the third year in a row, I’m addicted to the Disability Film Challenge”, says Reeder, Founder of RMP. “Along with the DFC’s assignment requirements, I had a personal goal to include themes of diversity, my love of animals, and elevating female characters in media.”  Such ambitious goals could not be achieved alone, so he enlisted seasoned pros along with anyone willing to lend a hand.  “Our cast and crew are a mix of leading industry professionals and people who have never been on set. The fact that everyone comes together ‘for fun and for free’ to support people with disabilities is why I keep coming back to this madness every  year.”

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge will announce award finalists following the conclusion of the marketing campaign on May 8, 2017. All participants are invited to an event in Los Angeles, CA to hear the announcement of the winners and  celebrate.

Join the conversation on social media using #DisabilityFilmChallenge #BestFriend  @RMPllc

About Renaissance Man  Productions
A Los Angeles-based production company founded by Director/Producer Cory Reeder, Renaissance Man Productions specializes in film, music video, and artist social media. RMP’s productions have accumulated 100’s of millions of views across the internet and won awards for:  best direction, best music video, editing, production design, audience awards and acting.  For more information, please contact Renaissance Man Productions at 323-596-1767 or visit the website,

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