Claire, a young designer living in New York City, is romantically involved with John, a married man. Their relationship, which is limited to two or three dates a month, is light and fun for them, a romance without commitment.
John keeps his married life very secret and separate from Claire until the day they accidentally meet his six-year-old son, Julian. Then an interesting job offer that would take her to Los Angeles and the sudden confrontation with John’s married reality wakes Claire up to the choices she has made in her life, which present themselves in a new light.
Li Jun Li was born in Shanghai, China. She has lived in Bogotá, Colombia as a child and moved to New York City at the age of nine. She began dancing at a young age, trained in classical Chinese dance, ballet, and contemporary dance.
The Humbling, Chinese Puzzle
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Song One, Sex and the City: The Movie
“The Following,” (FOX)
“The Hatfields & McCoys,” (NBC)
“Freestyle Love Supreme,” (Adult Swim)
“How to Make it in America,” (HBO)
“Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” (USA)
“Blue Bloods,” (CBS)
“Body of Proof,” (ABC)
Liat in SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center Theater (Original Revival Cast).
North American Tour: MISS SAIGON.
Off-Broadway, other New York Credits:
OUTSIDE PEOPLE (Vineyard Theatre)
“Mistress” is his first main role in a movie.
Mistress is Anja Murmann’s second short film. Her first short film Wishful Thinking won the first prize at the NYU Student Film Festival in 1991 and the Otto Sprenger Prize in Hamburg, Germany in 1992. Her first feature film Fifteen Months in May won “Best New Director – Special Mention “ at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 1997.
Anja Murmann is a graduate of NYU film school and lives in New York with her three children.
Sabine Schenk is a Producer / Line Producer based in New York. She completed her M.A. in cinema studies from NYU in 1992. She was an event coordinator at the Berlin Int’l Film Festival for three years. In 1998 she founded her own company, Schenk Productions, Inc., offering production services for local and international film and media projects in New York and throughout the United States. She works as a line producer in New York. Among the many projects she has worked on, she co-produced the documentary “Ferry Tales” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 and did the NY shoot for “The Reader” in 2008. Recently she has line produced the 5-episode documentary tv series “Backroads” by Katja Esson, the NY shoot for Me & Kaminski by Wolfgang Becker and the NY shoot for the feature film Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta.
A native of Hong Kong, Radium Cheung（迎風）had always been a filmmaker at heart. Though a published photographer at 18, he took a detour and spent the next 15 years in the US working on many acclaimed motions pictures including BLUE VALENTINE, MARGIN CALL, RABBIT HOLE. he has served as Director of Photography and Co-Producer on internationally acclaimed STARLET with Dir Sean Baker, garnering various awards around the globe. he then lensed feature film LOITERING WITH INTENT with prolific American writer/director/novelist Adam Rapp, due for international release early 2015; collaborated with fellow cinematographer Richard Rutkowski on popular Dreamworks/FX TV series THE AMERICANS; his forth collaboration with director Sean Baker on feature TANGERINE; and currently on location filming new feature BLOOD STRIPE.
Radium is represented by Artistry Agency
Dario has been an Editor for over 23 years and for the last 6 years he has also been a Freelance Colorist. He has worked on a wide variety of diverse and challenging projects including; feature length films; short films; 30 second commercials; and documentary series. As a Editor his clients include AMC, Sundance Chanel, IFC, NFL Network, Mandalay Media, A&E, Food Network, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, SyFy and TruTV. More recently Dario has been Editor and Colorist on commercials for the Blue Man Group, the Honest Company and Visa Rush Card. As Colorist he has graded three feature films; ”Failing Better Now”, “Kilimanjaro” and “X/Y”. In addition, he has been Colorist on documentaries for HBO, PBS and Rolling Stone Films.
Angela Wendt designs costumes for Film,TV,Theater and Opera. Here is a partial listing of her work: Theater: Most recently she designed the “Mutilated” by Tennessee William featuring Mink Stole and Penny Arcade, “Cabaret” directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge at the Repertory Theater of Saint Louis. Her Costume design of the groundbreaking Broadway Musical RENT changed the look of of musical theater and garnered her many awards and nominations, most notably the Hayes Design Award. She designed the World premiere of the Opera A Flowering Tree by David Adams directed by Peter Sellers. The feature film “The Audition” directed by Matt Herron and the Emmy Award winning TV Series “We are New York”. Angela also designs costumes for commercials and music videos, and is currently an adjunct professor for Costume Design at Pace University.
CLICK HERE to listen to MISTRESS Soundtrack on soundcloud.
Cassis B. Staudt studied music at the highly selective Hamburg Music University and symphonic orchestration at Juilliard in New York.
Cassis scored the documentary ‘Einzelkaempfer’ (‘I will not Lose’), which premiered at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and the award-winning feature Die Boxerin/About A Girl amongst others.
She also scored the Oscar-nominated short doc ‘Ferry Tales’ as well as came up with the idea for the film.
Playing the accordion/piano and singing, Cassis fronted the band b-blush, which featured the renowned drummer David Cossin (Sting/Bang on a Can All-Stars). b-blush released several CDs, performed regularly in New York and often toured Europe and Mexico. As Rolling Stone said, b-blush takes “pop to new places”.
Always learning, Cassis was recently selected for a BMI-sponsored film music master class with Rick Baitz. She also won a full scholarship for the prestigious residency of Atlantic Center for the Arts where she continued her film music studies with master artist Paul Dresher.
Li Jun Li
Writer/Director Anja Murmann
Producer Sabine Schenk
Director of Photography Radium Cheung
Editor Dario Bigi
Composer Cassis Birgit Staudt
Casting Director Lois Dabkin
Production Designer Ernesto Solo
Costume Designer Angela Wendt
CLAIRE Li Jun Li
JOHN Heath Calvert
ALEX Jabari Gray
EMILY Michelle Vanegas
NICOLE Katie Maguire
JULIAN Finn Douglas
SAM Tyler Rossell
STREET VENDOR Ken Maharai
DRUMMER Richard Alexander
Production Manager Patrick Eaton
1st Assistant Director Nick Bell
1st Assistant Camera Yousuke Kiname
2nd Assistant Camera Maria Cabra
Gaffer Ben Ng
Best Boy Electric Na Thirakomen
Swing/Electric Tet Kuijper
Key Grip Matthew Cryan
Best Boy Grip Jeff Clark
Swing Grip Joe Chiofalo
Sound Mixer Diego Reiwald
Art Director Michelle Davis
Props Master Marco Orso
Set Dresser Gwen Roach
Make Up Artist/Hair Stylist Lisa Makowski
Make Up Artist/Hair Assistant Mia Bauman
Background Casting Meredith Marciano
Parking Coordinator Jose Tejada
Post Production Mindsmack
Colorist Dario Bigi
Sound Mix Nate Gowtham
Voice Recordings Brian Rund
Composed and Produced Cassis Birgit Staudt
Violin, Viola Simon R. Goff
Violoncello Ashley Bathgate
Electronics Cassis B
Bass Jason Mercer, Stoop Sale Recording
Percussion, drums, vibes David Cossin
Mixing Engineer Jesko Stahl
Audio Mastering Roman Vail, JLM Studios
Camera Equipment TCS New York
Grip & Electric Equipment Eastern Effects
Vehicles Edge Auto Rental
Payroll Company Entertainment Partners
Insurance Taylor & Taylor
Special Thanks to
Irv and Vimi Bauer
Augustin and Partners LLC
New York City Mayor’s Office for Film, Television & Broadcasting
Lisa Kohen from Allegria Hotel
Eric Cova from Madison Square Park Conservancy
Corlears Hook Park
NYC Dept. of Transportation, Staten Island Ferry Division
copyright © Anja Murmann 2014