Sam and Kailey Spear: Writers and Directors of “CC”
Season 7 Episode 13
On this episode of Good Nerd Bad Nerd, I talk Sam and Kailey Spear, the two sisters responsible for the new science fiction short film “CC”. They tell us all about making this short film and how our the rapidly changing technology influence the tone of the film. They also talk about the grey areas that this technology starts to enter without safe guards.
In this suspenseful sci-fi, an AID (Artificially Intelligent Device) by the name of CC, has been leased by a nanny agency to Lena to help care for her daughter. When a violent incident occurs between CC and Lena, an investigative team is tasked with determining exactly what happened.
CC: Jewel Staite
Lena Howard: Sharon Taylor
Adelaide Howard: Audrey Wise Alvarez
Erin: Susan Hogan
Director: Kailey Spear and Sam Spear
Screenplay: Kailey Spear and Sam Spear
Producer: Natasha Wehn, Lauren Beason, Victoria Burkhart, Paul Armstrong, Alicia Bernbaum, Stephanie Halber, Ingo Lou
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