In a future where culture is clicks, the ultimate social media celebrity fights to keep her popularity when a computer virus corrupts her systems— and saves her soul.
STATUS: IN POST PRODUCTION
A science fiction short film, Hashtag is a sleek, smart, and sexy view of a world where social media dominates every moment of our lives. Hashtag follows “X”, the ultimate social media maven, a charismatic woman attracting the attention of tens of millions of online followers. Starring as “X” is Gigi Edgley. A superior and nuanced actress, Gigi is well known for her role as “Chiana” in Syfy Channel’s internationally acclaimed science fiction series Farscape, and more recently as the host of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. She has also had a leading role in the Australian series, Rescue Special Ops and appeared in USA Network’s TV miniseries, The Starter Wife. Well-versed in alternate realities, Gigi is skilled at creating amazing connections between our present selves and the “other” of speculative fiction.
Hashtag is directed and co-written by Ben Alpi (Cowboy Creed, Silver Lining) who was inspired by a TED talk to write a story about our culture’s obsession with speed. Ben approached veteran sci-fi writer, Kevin Rubio (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ben 10, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, TROOPS), to co-write the script and the present incarnation of the script was born. Hashtag is an original, imaginative and thought-provoking tale in the wicked tradition of The Twilight Zone. Through the medium of classic science fiction storytelling, our writers weave a disturbing story of our all-too-possible future as a social media society obsessed with information and celebrity.
To make Hashtag a reality, we have assembled an amazing team. Producing the film is Jyotika Virmani (Cowboy Creed), along with Robert Alpi (Cowboy Creed) and Gigi Edgley (One Step Ahead, Nobody Knows). Other Cowboy Creed team members include: Director of Photography, David Berry (Judas Kiss, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II); Production Designer, Meg Savage (The Skeptic); Composer, Joe Terrana (Cuban Sandwich Crisis, The Gita, Magadog); Film Editor, Jeff Handy; Line Producer, Erik Goodrich (Beyond Scared Straight, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II); and Sound Editor, Ralph Miller (Star Trek: Renegades, Judas Kiss). Joining this team is our visual effects supervisor, Deke Kincaid (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Water Horse, Pirates of the Caribbean series, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Deja Vu).
Producers: Gigi Edgley and Robert A. Alpi, Jr
Director of Photography: David Berry
Production Designer: Meg Savage
Editor: Jeff Handy
Composer: Joe Terrana
Visual Effects Supervisor: Deke Kincaid
Key Makeup & Hair: Lisa Hansell
Supervising Sound Editor: Ralph M. Miller
Line Producer: Erik “Gooch” Goodrich
1st Assistant Director: Jared Hoy
1st Assistant Director (Hollywood): Lucas Bessey
Script Supervisor: Shawn Tira
1st Assistant Camera: Christina Hitchcock
1st Assistant Camera (Hollywood): Curt Sova
2nd Assistant Camera: Lauren Pollock
Gaffer: Kyle Warmack
Gaffer (Hollywood): Anderson Lau
Key Grip: Rob Richards
Best Boy Grip: Marcus Caracci
Best Boy Electric: Andrew Gorrell
Best Boy Electric: Walker Forshee
Key Set Production Assistant: Adam Rady
Poster Artwork by: Scott Deyett
Produced by Runic Films and Little Empire Productions
This motion picture was funded with Kickstarter. A list of our Backers is coming soon!
Photographed on the Red Scarlet-X.
Lighting Equipment provided by Luka Grip & Lighting, Burbank, CA and Bayonet Lighting, Los Angeles, CA