Interlopers, an hour-long drama, created by Courtney Carroll, and written by the talented students of SAC 404, is the story of a family unlike any other. Ever since their children were born, GEOFF and JANEANE PATTERSON have told them that the entire family is from another planet: Yuna. Alongside their human education, RUBY (17), and TOMMY (17), have been indoctrinated with the Yunarian way of life. The pilot begins on Ruby and Tommy’s first day of senior year. Ruby, the more shy and awkward of the siblings, is looking to make a friend, while Tommy, the more sociable and popular of the siblings, is attempting to confront his increasingly human behavior. As the two manage successes and failures, the safety of their family’s secret is increasingly at stake. Someone is on to them, and if they’re not careful, life as they know it may come to an end…
Through the frame of Ruby and Tommy’s alien identity, this show explores what it means to truly be human. The Yunarian belief system—which emphasizes empathy and understanding—does not abide by our human system of labelling. Race, sexuality, gender, etc. have no bearing on a person’s identity, or how they are treated by their fellow Yunarians. With this in mind, Ruby and Tommy are able to help their fellow high schoolers—all of whom have something, some part of their identity to hide—learn to accept themselves.
Rennia Rodney as Ruby
Peter Donahue as Tommy
Simon Longnight as Ray
Sam Bell-Gurwitz as Patrick
Annamarie Kasper as Marigold
Oren Steiner as Aaron
Producers: Sam Goldin, Niki Karimi & Josh Lank
Directors: Miriam Alexander, Andrew Howell, Zhenia Tananko, & Steven Wezelman
Assistant Directors: Dylan Barth, Jennifer Emery, Gillian Greenbaum & Jaime Rotsky
Art Department: Ashley Brock, Andy Regos, Libby Post, Alicia Vanderpool & Lilly Lee
Directors of Photography: Shelby Polisuk, Max Anthony Doyle, Arianna Gelderloos & Scott Hardin
Camera Operators: Julia Stocki, Rachel Banks & Marissa Butler
Grip & Electric: Julia Stocki
Editing: Antoinette Wade, Anthony Pennoyer, Kyle Weber, Kat Duclos & Annie Cohen
Post Audio/Composing, Brian Perez & Kate Derringer
Risks & Challenges
Ranking among the largest productions on the University of Michigan campus, the SAC 404 productions continue a long tradition of excellence and we set incredibly high standards for every aspect of our TV Pilot. We need your help in order to create this project and bring this story to the screen. Ways that your support can help us:
WARDROBE, PROPS & SET DESIGN: Our production design team will need your support in order to be able to decorate our sets and create looks for our characters. We have a lot of materials to consider when creating the set for a modern household, high school, and alien-like scenes. Our team is highly resourceful and will put your donations to incredible use in making these characters and settings come to life.
EQUIPMENT: The University of Michigan is generously providing us with equipment, but we will rent some additional equipment in order to give the film as high of a production value as possible.
TV PILOT FESTIVALS & COMPETITIONS: We are hoping to submit our finished product to Television Pilot festivals and competitions across the country, and most of these have an entry cost. Should we have funds left over once we complete production, this is where they will be allocated. For more information please reach out on social media, where we'll be posting updates throughout the production.
FOOD: Food is one of the most important things we will need on the set in order for our crew to remain healthy and productive. We will have at least 30 cast and crew members often working up to 12 hours straight, and they need to be fed! We've reached out to local restaurants to try an obtain food for free or at reduced cost, but we could really use your help in order to provide meals, snacks and water for our crew.
Thank you so much for your time and support. We really appreciate this and any donation counts to get us closer and closer to making this story come to life.
University of MIchigan Fall 2017 SAC 404