The Deadline

The Deadline is a comedic short film written, directed, and edited by Robert Bruce Carter. It’s about a playwright who goes to a cafe to work on a play but can’t write when a series of absurd events and bizarre characters conspire against him, until mysterious travelers stop in and offer him a way out.

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The script was selected for the IFP/Chicago writers workshop in December 2015, where it was workshopped for a live audience with actors from the Steppenwolf School in Chicago.

We filmed in March 2016 and post-production was completed in October 2016. As of April 2017, the film is not available to the public while we wait to hear back from film festivals.

Original music for the film was composed by Jess Disraeli, along with music from the Colombian band, Ondatrópica.



Mark Piebenga

Mark Piebenga, a native son of Grand Rapids, MI, has been living and working in Chicago since 2002. When not ridiculously happy to be improvising with TNT at the Annoyance, he can be seen in the two brother show Piebenga Plumbing at the Bughouse Theater every second Friday. He was a founding member of improv/sketch groups American Dream and the Outsiders, with whom he performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, the Miami Improv Festival, the Toronto Improv Festival, and Delfest at UCB in New York. He studied acting at Kalamazoo College, the Second City Conservatory, and the iO Theater Training Center in Chicago, and is an alumni of the Second City Touring Company. Find out more at‬

Flavia Borges

Flavia Borges is a Brazilian born actress and writer based in Chicago. She was last seen on stage playing the role of Maid in the Jeff Awarded The Goddess at the Artistic Home Theatre. On the screen she appeared in the feature films Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man, Serial Daters Anonymous, the web series It’s You, the FOX series The Mob Doctor among other projects. Flavia is always excited to connect and work with those who share her passion for meaningful story telling.

( // @flaviaborges)

Rebecca Sohn

Rebecca Sohn is an alumna of The Second City ETC, The Annoyance Theatre and iO Chicago. She is an Artistic Associate with No Stakes Theater Project, where she appeared as Mari Hoff in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Other theater credits include Remy Bumppo (Our Class as “Rachelka”), About Face (What Once We Felt as “Claire”), and Steppenwolf (The Butcher of Baraboo as “Midge”). She looks forward to re-appearing as Shirley Lame (pronounced La-MAY) in My Solo Show of All Duets in Los Angeles, where she now lives after 25 years in Chicago.

Loredan Krug Loredan Krug is honored to have been a part of this amazing film, The Deadline. Loredan is a Chicago based actor who has studied at various institutions including Vagabond School of the Arts, The Second City, and iO Theatre. His recent film credits include Creatures of the Night (Dir. Adem Suljic), Counterfeit (Dir. Frank Carey) and Jan Solofski: 1947-2016 (Dir. Michael Nowakowski). His recent stage credits include Crazy Eights (Skokie Theater), The Hot Dog Stand (Dandelion Theater) and The Game (Switchboard Ensemble). He would like to thank the cast and crew for their amazing work in this production. He would also like to thank his wonderful wife, Maiko Terazawa, for her love and support. For more information on Loredan and to see his upcoming projects, visit

Nnamdi Ngwe

Nnamdi is an actor and improviser in Chicago. He performs regularly at iO, The Annoyance Theatre, and many other places. You can follow him on Twitter (@nnamdingwe).

Dill Costa

Felipe Jorge

Felipe Jorge is making his Porchlight Music Theatre debut this fall in End of the Rainbow. He moved to Chicago in early 2015 from his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil, where he attended conservatory Teatro-Escola Célia Helena. Since then, he has understudied for Teatro Vista in the world premiere of Parachute Men, contributed to three short films, a sitcom pilot, comedic web-series Unconditionally (coming soon), and appeared in four other new plays around town. Felipe thanks director Robert Carter for the thrilling opportunity to appear in this short, the friendly cast and crew, as well as his family for their support. For more information, go to and follow him @feepae on Twitter.

Ray Hui Ray Hui is a human from NYC. He’s never been to a Knicks game, but in the late 90’s he ate thin crust pizza next to Rebecca Lobo of the New York Liberty. He recently performed at the Second City / NBC Universal Breakout Comedy Fest, the Detroit Improv Fest, and Abbie Fest XXVIII. Visit to see his written and video work. And please like all the photos of his friends and cats on Instagram (@raymondstagram).

Buddy Heeley

Ryan Oliveira Ryan Oliveira is a playwright and performer currently based in Chicago. His work has been developed and produced in New York City, London, Iowa City, and Chicago. You can check out his work at


Writer, Director, Editor // Robert Bruce Carter

Producer // Erin Miller
Associate Producer // Flavia Borges

Cinematographer // Nick Shamblott
Steadicam/Cam Op // Blaine Baker
1st AC // Cory Solon & Ian McAvoy
2nd AC // Brendan Babinski
Gaffer // Bradley Ian Smith
Key Grip // Charles Anderson
DIT // Hannah Welever
Stills Photographer // John Coumbe-Lilley

Production Designer // Stacey Buckner
Set Dresser // Sarah Blue Winslow Gerber
Leadman // Kyle Dodge
Assistant Set Dresser // Mandy Stoehr
Art PA // Ronnie Kwasman, Rosaleah Gonzalez
Wardrobe Consultant // Kate Grube
Costume Designer // Abbie Stallings
Makeup Artist // Jacqueline Meller-Vogt

Sound Mixer // Derek O’Rourke

Script Supervisor // Jon Santiago & Alyssa Alexander

AD // Dane Haiken
Production Assistant // Ellie Garza, Joseph Mueller, Livia Margon, Kevin McAuliffe, Danny Williams

Casting Assistant // Sarah Little
Casting Consultant // Devon Carson

Color Grading // Parker Jarvie (Company3)
Sound Design // Derek O’Rourke

Composer // Jess Disraeli

Additional Music // Ondatrópica

Camera & lensing // Camera Ambassador

Special Thanks //

Kathy Byrne
Emily Oscarson
Keaton Woodon
Mary Ruth Clarke
Autumn Smith
Delicious Cafe
Elliott Robinson
Travis Life (Leavens, Strand, & Glover, LLC)
Erica Duffy
Chris Johnson
Chicago Film Office

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