Frankie and Jude: Star Wars – The Search for Jude

Hours before “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” premieres, Jude goes missing. Now it’s up to Frankie and her closest allies to find her best friend, before it’s too late.

Director Biography – Amy Baklini, Lauren Myers

LAUREN CHAVEZ-MYERS is a filmmaker, actor, and proud “Burqueña” from New Mexico. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University while simultaneously discovering her passion for writing, directing, and giving a voice to underrepresented groups in media.

After graduating, she spent eight years working in professional film, television, and theatre in New Mexico, including a two season recurring role on WGN’s “Manhattan” opposite Michael Chernus. Other notable roles include 12 Strong (w/ Michael Peña), AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” The Space Between Us (opposite Gary Oldman) and the CBS All Access show “Interrogation.” Chavez-Myers proudly served 5 years as a company member and the Director of Media & Marketing for Duke City Repertory Theatre, where she produced all of their trailers, media, and online content. She co-wrote, produced, and starred in the feature film Dead Billy, and recently wrote and produced the social impact comedy “Enough Room,” which highlights tolerance in the face of passive racism (while on a first date!).

Chavez-Myers has also directed several award-winning shorts, including “Imagining Vera” (Winner: “Best Film” & “Best Director,” ABQ 48 Hour Film Festival), and two of the previous “Frankie & Jude” films which have screened in numerous comic-con theaters and festivals across the country — and world.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and pup Marty McFly, is a self-proclaimed Gryffindor Quidditch Captain, and has no doubt that she could successfully pilot the Millennium Falcon on a first try.

AMY BAKLINI is a filmmaker, actor, and a recent graduate from UCLA’s Professional Screenwriting Program. She has been in the industry for over 10 years working on predominantly indie projects. Baklini graduated with her degree in theatre from the University of New Mexico and received the Violet C. Moore Award for acting. She also spent a year abroad studying at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

After graduating, she worked on various film productions, both in front of and behind the camera. Her favorite credits include The Merry Maids of Madness (a comedy based on the women of Shakespeare and official selection of the Heartland Film Festival),  “Leslie” (Winner of ‘Best Drama Short’ at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), and “Good Guys with Guns” (official selection of Flicks For Change).

Baklini grew up loving Star Wars, so in 2015, when the release date of The Force Awakens drew near, she wanted to celebrate the new trilogy. She also had a story to tell, and pushed herself to write and produce her very first short film. Thus became the birth of “Frankie and Jude.”

After some mild success and requests from fans for a sequel, she and her team turned their singular film into a series that has screened in over 30 festivals worldwide. But with the conclusion of the nine-part Star Wars saga, “The Search for Jude” also brings the misadventures of Frankie and Jude to a close.

Ultimately, Baklini is passionate about telling stories that make people laugh, bring people together, and highlight the importance of love.

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Director Statement


There are many things we love about Star Wars. The imaginative scope of science fiction, the on-going and complicated battle of good vs. evil, the fun, lovable, and heroic characters, and let’s not forget light sabers.

And while many of us daydream battling a Sith (or Jedi) with a dangerous laser-sword, we believe our love and connection to that universe resides not in its placement far far away, but rather its universality within our hearts and identities.

This, of course, is where Frankie and Jude come in. No, they are not the wise sage a la Obi-Wan Kenobi, or the outcast that is Kylo Ren, or even the quirky caregiver we know in Chewbacca. Alas, our fan-tastic “heroes” of this film are more Shakespearean than that: They are our clowns.

Like any great clown, they do more than make us laugh—they teach us the importance of friendship, that any problem can be solved as long as you put your mind to it (no matter how big or messy the results), and that at the end of day, as long as we have each other, we have our gold.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the fourth and final installment of Frankie and Jude (which was shot entirely on smart phones).

And don’t forget the Sour Punch.

Director:

Amy Baklini, Lauren Myers

Writer:

Lauren Chavez-Myers, Amy Baklini

Producer:

Amy Baklini, Lauren Myers, Richard Galli, Jordan Ancel

Year Released:

2020

Country:

United States

Length:

11:55

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Film