LA World Premiere for Chicago Short Film ‘Fitting Descriptions,’ ‘One Chicago’ Actors Lead Cast

Fitting Descriptions, a short film co-directed by Tiffany Bedwell and John Mossman, launched its festival run with a west coast world premiere on December 7th, the final day of the week-long Culver City Film Festival (CCFF). The festival was held in-person at the Cinemark Howard Hughes Los Angeles and XD. Several actors from the One Chicago Universe – better known as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med – highlight the cast and production team.

Fitting Descriptions is Bedwell’s directorial debut. Shot on location in Chicago and produced under the Screen Actors Guild-sanctioned indie short-project agreement, Fitting Descriptions reunites key members of the creative and production teams behind Mossman’s most recent feature, Good Guy with a Gun, a film that stars Bedwell and is currently enjoying an international, highly-awarded run in film festivals. Dan Waller (Chicago PD), Jennifer Jelsema (Chicago Med), and executive producer Will Meyers (Meyers/Mossman Films) also number among the Good Guy with a Gun contributors who joined the Fitting Descriptions team. 

Co-Directors John Mossman and Tiffany Bedwell

Asked why he signed on as co-director of Fitting Descriptions, Mossman replied, “Great script, great people.” Mossman continued, “I loved the highly visual, emotionally rich story surrounding themes of identity, and the chance to expand my artistic family of talented, wonderful people. To collaborate with Tiffany [Bedwell] as she takes the next step in her journey as a storyteller was an added joy—and I knew she would kill it.”

Fitting Descriptions also brings together the talents of director of photography Christopher Rejano (Knives and Skin, Crystal Lake), executive producer Hugh Schulze (Dreaming Grand Avenue), writer Dave Reidy, and an ensemble cast that includes Shariba Rivers (The Chi), Pat Reidy (South Side), Tyla Abercrumbie (The Chi) and Ann Sonneville (Chicago P.D.), among other Chicago- and Los Angeles-based creatives and performers. 

Chicago-based entrepreneur Murad Sabzali and development consultant Carolyn Sabzali also joined the team of executive producers bringing Fitting Descriptions to life.  

Fitting Descriptions tells the story of an aging, struggling actor and Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) who faces in real life the social-media currency of strangers’ likes, comments, and indifference, and asserts her own storytelling power. 

Behind the Scenes of Fitting Descriptions

Fitting Descriptions is rooted in Bedwell’s drive to tell universal stories set within the entertainment industry and to do so from a woman’s perspective. The project also reflects Bedwell’s identity as a CODA. Long-time Chicago actor Robert Schleifer (Goodman Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville), who is Deaf, plays opposite Bedwell in Fitting Descriptions.

“It’s intriguing to me to tell stories that feature CODAs and Deaf people without making the story itself about Deafness,” Bedwell says. “Typically, films are either all about Deaf life, or Deaf life is simply not represented at all. Fitting Descriptions shows a CODA and a Deaf person living a moment not entirely defined by their relationship to Deafness—and even being a little cruel, just like anyone else.”

NameSign Productions, the production company Bedwell and Reidy formed to make Fitting Descriptions, refers to the Deaf-culture practice of naming a person with a unique hand sign.

Producers expect that Fitting Descriptions will resonate inside and outside the entertainment industry, as Dina’s experiences reflect upon the economy of social media, where so many are subject to the comments of strangers. Moreover, as it tells the story of a working actor whose livelihood is under threat, Fitting Descriptions will resonate strongly with those who have closely followed the 2023 SAG/AFTRA strike, which did much to highlight the difficulty—and shrinking opportunity—actors face in their pursuit of a middle-class quality of life. 

Reidy’s script for Fitting Descriptions, based on a story co-developed with Bedwell, has performed well in festivals and contests. In 2022, the script was named Best Unproduced Screenplay in the 16th edition of the New York Independent Cinema Awards. In June 2023, Fitting Descriptions was a semi-finalist for Best Short Screenplay in the 16th annual Creative World Awards, an influential, Los Angeles-based, international screenwriting contest. In September 2023, Fitting Descriptions was named a finalist for Best 15-Minute Short Screenplay in the New Renaissance Film Festival London’s annual competition.

The creative and production teams behind Fitting Descriptions will continue the film’s festival run throughout 2024.  

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