As part of its ongoing strategy to support writers, producers and directors with diverse creative backgrounds, Disney has launched Free Period, a collection of 12 original short-form movies available exclusively on the Watch Disney Channel app and Disney Channel YouTube page.
Among the group’s new storytellers are stunt coordinator Mitchell Gould (Kickin’ It, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything), the writer/director of teen mystery Arcanum that features Kickin’ It star and martial artist Leo Howard, and Teen Beach Movie actor Kent Boyd, who is co-writer, co-producer and one of the stars in Free Period (pictured).
Student Emmy Award-winning writer Joe Swanson (Zombo) is also included. His directorial debut, stop-motion comedy Hamburger High, follows the highs and lows of high-school life for a pepperoni pizza slice named Lisa Pizza.
In addition, Free Period includes two student Oscar-winners, Jonathan Langager (Josephine and the Roach) and Camille Stochitch (Interstate). The former’s Penelope In the Treehouse follows the high-flying adventures of a young girl and her magically fertilized treehouse, while the latter’s Virtual High chronicles student life within a limitless virtual world.
Stochitch wrote and directed the film with Alexander Berman, whose short film, App, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
Other notable film inclusions are Abby Normal from feature film writer Ryan Landels (Jem and the Holograms); Nu Skool Records from Step Up All In scribe John Swetnam; How To Catch A Ghost from acclaimed choreographer Christopher Scott (Teen Beach Movie, Step Up All In); and Trunk from Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky.
Lipovsky is co-executive producer of the upcoming Disney XD live-action series MECH X-4 and has directed multiple eps of the new series alongside Stein.