Cherie Kerr is the head of Ree-Invent Films, a founding member of the world-famous L.A. Groundlings, and founder of the Orange County Crazies sketch and improvisational troupe in Santa Ana, California. Kerr has won numerous accolades and rave reviews for her work over the years as producer/writer/director and has now parlayed her expertise and creativity into the genre of film. Having produced a number of comedy shorts for the OC Crazies over the past 23 years, Kerr founded Ree-invent Films in 2011 for the purpose of furthering her career interests and expanding her efforts from comedy shorts to full-length feature films, starting with the critically acclaimed family-friendly comedy “We’ve Got Balls”. Since making its world debut at the 2013 Newport Beach International Film Festival, “We’ve Got Balls” has since gone on to become an Official Selection at the Action on Film and Movieville International Film Festivals, and the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival. At AOF, Kerr took home awards for “Filmmaker of the Year,” “Best Comedy – Feature,” and “Outstanding Cast Performance.” The film also was first runner-up for the “WAB Best In Show” award there. The film also won “Best Comedy” at the Movieville event in September 2013 and Balls will screen as an Official Selection at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in November 2013.
Kerr, named one of the “Top Ten Most Sensational People in Orange County” by Orange Coast magazine, has also been highly lauded for her work as a comedy writer/director, having garnered “Best Sketch of the Year” from the Los Angeles Times for her quirky sketch, “Too Much Shoulder Pad.” Founder of three businesses, Kerr brings tremendous acumen and savvy to the table along with an abundance of her unique, enviable, and highly original sense of creativity. She is used to mobilizing teams, utilizing the best resources, pumping out excellent products, and garnering results that translate into strong bottom lines.
Kerr is the mother of filmmaker Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and Breathe In, which will be in theaters this fall). She taught and directed him on her stage at the De Pietro Performance Center in Santa Ana, Calif. as a member of the O.C. Crazies for 16 years before sending him off to the American Film Institute. Kerr was instrumental in guiding Doremus with many of his stage and film projects.
She is the author of 12 books; Charlie’s Notes having recently been named a winner in the New York Book Festival. Two of her books include forewords by fellow Groundling alums and SNL players, Phil Hartman and Julia Sweeney.
Over the years, Kerr has written more than 400 sketches, three screenplays, one full-length Broadway musical, and directed dozens of sketch and improv comedy shows. She also has starred in her own one-woman show, Out of Her Mind. In addition, she has won awards as a lyricist and journalist, and her long-standing public relations firm, KerrPR, has also won awards for its work. She started ExecuProv in 1983, a company that teaches improv comedy techniques to Fortune 100 and 500 companies, which continues to thrive.
Kerr’s mission with Ree-invent Films is to provide full-length feature comedies that offer not only laughs, but moral/satirical messages that leave audiences thinking long after the laughter subsides.
Theresa Joseph was the Supervising Producer for “We’ve Got Balls,” and she returns to the helm for “Small Claims”. Having worked with director Cherie Kerr for a number of years, Joseph brings an impeccable work ethic and level of organization to her projects.
Lou Carlozo is a Chicago-based musician and journalist, who composed and arranged the score for the Ree-Invent Films production “We’ve Got Balls.”Carlozo is a co-owner of Kingsize Sound Labs recording studio, famous for recording popular musicians such as Wilco and Neko Case. His 2007 album, “Stick Figure Soul” was named a top local release of the year by the Illinois Entertainer. In addition to being an accomplished musician and composer, he is also an award-winning journalist and a longtime contributor for Reel Chicago magazine.
Craig Nelson, fresh from his role as Craig Cramer in “We’ve Got Balls,” returns to the big screen as crafty corporate embezzler Pierce Holister. Nelson started his acting career as a regular performer in the Orange County Crazies. Since then, he has appeared as a lead in several shorts and sitcom pilots. He is a frequent comedian at the Jon Lovitz comedy club at Universal Studios and also performs at the Groundlings Theater.