We're a group of dedicated artists committed to bringing a socially-conscious drama to the screen.
RUN TIME: 97 minutes
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85
SHOOTING FORMAT: ARRI
SCREENING FORMAT: DCP
SOUND: Dolby 5.1
COMPANY: RK Productions
CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR: Laura Somers
CO-WRITER: David Saldaña
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Eun-ah Lee
EDITOR: Carmen Morrow
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Ming Vauz
SOUND DESIGN AND MIX: Geoff McNiel
PRODUCER: Eddie Rodriguez, Laura Somers
Laura Somers: Co-Writer, Director, Producer
Laura is originally from Pasadena, TX. She wants to live in a world where female directors are hired for 51% of the jobs in film and television. She is a solid, nurturing, and enthusiastic director committed to being an in demand film director. Laura’s directing strengths lie with her solid storytelling skills, powerful use of imagery, and her ability to inspire passionate performances from actors.
A graduate of NYU's TISCH School of the Arts, Laura's work has been highlighted on BrevityTV.com, The W Hotels, UCLA Medical Center, American Theater Magazine, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. Her films have played at festivals around the world and her work has received financial support from IBM, the Austin Arts Commission, and Banana Republic. Between 1999 – 2001, she was Co-Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed award-winning theater company the dirigo group in Austin, TX. Having directed over 30 plays, her work with the dirigo group was honored by American Theater Magazine as one of twelve rising American theater companies “to watch” that were “hot, hip and on the verge”. She recently was named as one of SHOOT Magazine's up and coming directors of 2016.
From 2006-2014, she was a Editor on reality tv, films, web series and commercials for networks including TruTv, Spike, SyFy, TV One, MSN.com and Lifetime. In addition to being a filmmaker, she also teaches aspiring screenwriters with the Wounded Warrior Project and the Writer's Guild Association. She lives in Los Angeles.
David Saldaña: Co-writer, Co-Producer
David Saldaña is from Austin, Texas by way of Portland, Oregon. He started performing and writing as a teenager and made a bunch of goofy short films with his buddies. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in French. Oui. French.
After college, David spent five years as performer in Austin’s theater and comedy scenes. He was a company member at the critically acclaimed Vortex Theater where he participated in several original and adapted productions. After burning out as an actor David moved to the Pacific Northwest where he slung espresso and took up martial arts. It wasn’t long before David’s creative desire returned and he got serious about screenwriting. He hit the woodshed and has written a pile of features and pilots . Along the way, David got married, started a family, and relocated to Los Angeles where, apart from making movies, he plays music and teaches the Brazilian art of Capoeira. David is committed to bringing quality and meaningful works to the screen.
Carmen Morrow: Editor
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Carmen Morrow has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 2005. Committed to filmmaking that helps humanity evolve, Carmen’s editing credits include independent features Miss Arizona and Mahjong and the West, which explore the complex experiences of American women. Carmen was an additional editor and music editor on The Last Word (starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried), and an associate editor on Plush (starring Emily Browning). She has also worked as an assistant editor on work films such as Bachelorette, Red Riding Hood and Extract.
In 2016, Carmen edited Scrap Dolls a short film set in Chicago about a boy who learns to overcome his fears. Currently screening at international festivals, Scrap Dolls won the Children's and Youth Film Competition at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2017), and the prize for Best Live Action Short Film from the Children's Film Festival Seattle (2017).
Eun-ah Lee: Director of Photography
Cinematographer Eun-ah Lee has emerged as a young talent in independent cinema, expressing the core emotion of every story through her atmospheric style and dazzling camera work.
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Eun-ah’s love of art developed in her youth. She landed her first commissioned painting project at age 12, and continued practicing her art after she moved to the States where she attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts in directing and cinematography. It was at this time that she began to develop her filmic style by incorporating her cultural background and artistic training into her work. To date she has shot more than 50 films.
She is known for her work on "Blackbird"starring Oscar winner Mo'Nique, released theatrically on IMAX and featured on CNN, "A Song Still Inside", winning the Best Cinematography Award at the Gene Art Film Festival in New York, Milcho Manchevski’s "Thursday", which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and "Sea Is All I Know", starring Melissa Leo, which was an Oscar semi-finalist. Her works have screened worldwide, including at the Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Pusan, Hong Kong and Los Angeles film festivals.
Eddie Rodriguez: Producer
Eddie Rodriguez graduated with a BFA from Southwest Texas State University in 1999. He has devoted his life to the arts and has professionally freelanced in the Television and Film industry in Houston for over ten years. While working in a wide variety of media and content, his real passion has always been film. Rich Kids represents all the elements that have driven this passion encompassing great character, aesthetic and most importantly, story.
Ming Vauz is the Vice-President of newly formed LaunayVauz Music, Inc.,(2016) formed by Producer and President of the production company Nick Launay. Partnering with Producer Nick Launay in 2013 on a score for the film 'Plush', directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Ming has since worked in tandem with Nick Launay on numerous compositions including a remix for the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, and has contributed guitar, bass and synth tracks for artists including Cassandra Wilson and Gary Numan/Titan.