Out of Order

A new thriller/horror short

$2,250 by 46 people


Out of Order Festival Donations

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$2,205 / 44 donors

Hi, I'm Trevor! The writer, director and actor of Out of Order

'Out of Order' is a short thriller/horror about a man who makes a grave mistake and seeks redemption. This film is deeply personal and comes from a moment where I wish I could have been more courageous and shared my feelings with someone I truly cared about.

I'm working with a wonderfully talented team and this will be my final project in the US before I move to China! We're asking for your donations to create a film that can touch audiences and encourage them to speak the truth from their hearts. 

Thank you so much for your consideration, love and support!

Out of Order is about a man who fears the consequences of truth after cheating on his wife. The morning after, he wakes remorseful and struggles with the truth. Trying to flee the scene of his infidelity, he finds himself trapped in a stairwell. Can he escape and make amends with his wife?

About 10 years ago, a friend's mom wanted to be a life coach and asked if I would be her guinea pig. At the time, I was selling car accessories in New Jersey and not enjoying it. I had nothing to lose, so I said yes. My first assignment was to answer the question: If you could wave a magic wand over your life, how would it change?

After I answered the question, how quickly my life changed! Within a few months I booked a commercial as a “real person” and started acting. I then found a passion for storytelling and started writing and directing. Since moving to New York, nine years ago, I’ve made 3 short films, won 5 awards and played at a combined total 34 film festivals around the world.

I feel so grateful to have found filmmaking and I've put in an immense amount of time, money, intention and emotion into the stories that I tell. These efforts pay off ten-fold when I see how my films make a difference/impact communities around the world.

Two years ago, I was at a film festival in Bali where I met a local artist named Nadia. We clicked and went for a coffee. That coffee never ended and she became my tour guide for the next couple of days. After the festival ended, Nadia invited me to a cabin in the mountains where I cooked her my favorite dishes and we explored the mountain together.

Even though I only knew her for a short time, we had a connection that was special. However, I had already concluded that she was too free spirited to be tied down and wouldn't be interested in anything more, so I didn’t ask.

I went back this year and tried to look her up, but couldn’t find her.

Sometimes I return to my own personal stairwell. During moments of solitude, my mind tends to wander back to the moments we had and the times I should’ve said something.

Out of Order is the direct result of developing the themes of mistake, remorse and redemption.

What’s a fundraiser without Perks? Here’s what you get:

$5-24 – A Special Thanks in the credits.
$25 and over – You’ll be able to check out the film before anyone else!
$100 and over – You’ll get an artsy black and white production photo printed by me in a darkroom!

If you’re interested in giving a larger donation, please contact me at [email protected] so we can look into making it tax deductible!

We plan to shoot in NYC and the surrounding area and your donation will help in: 

  • Equipment Rentals $3200
  • Professional Cast/Crew $5000
  • Production Design $500
  • Location Fees $2000
  • Catering $1100
  • Transportation $700
  • Post-Production $3500
  • Film Festival Entries $500

We promise to stretch your dollars as far as possible!

If you can't donate, you can help us in other ways:

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Thank you so much for your consideration, love and support!

-The Out of Order Team

P.S. After donating it will ask if you want to cover the fees associated with the fundraiser. We would absolutely appreciate it if you do, but please do not feel obligated to.

Director - Trevor Zhou

Trevor Zhou is an award winning filmmaker/actor in New York City. His short films have played in film festivals around the world and he’s won four Best Short Film awards for his previous film, The Waltz. As an actor, Trevor has appeared on prominent shows such as Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Broad City, Person of Interest and other television shows and films.

Producer - Elizabeth Groth

Elizabeth Groth is a NYC-based producer who has worked on a wide array of film, web, and theatrical content. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a BFA in Film and Television production with a double-minor in Business of Entertainment Media Technologies and Dramatic Literature. Her projects have won top honors at film festivals around the country. Elizabeth is ecstatic to advance her passion for visual story-telling with Out of Order.

Cinematographer - Isaac Banks

Isaac Banks is a NYC based cinematographer and alumnus from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Having worked on both feature films and short films, and having trained under legendary ASC cinematographer Michael Chapman (TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL), Isaac has an acute awareness of the harmony between an image and the meaning behind it.

Assistant Director - Alex Nystrom

Alex Nystrom is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer currently living in New York City. When Alex isn't working, you can find him hanging in his hammock, hiking anything with elevation, and throwing anything that is shaped like a disc.

Composer - Alex Oh

Alex Oh is one of Singapore's most prolific and versatile film composers and has more than a decade of experience. He’s scored 22 feature films in Singapore, Australia, China and the United States, ranging from comedy, drama, action and horror. Alex also composed music for The Maid, the highest grossing horror film in Singapore history.


    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Anonymous

    1 year ago


    All the best for your new film! Hugs ❤️

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Kathy & Gary

    1 year ago


    Looking forward to seeing your film!

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Delia Kelly

    1 year ago


    Good Luck!!!

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Amy Chang

    1 year ago


    Keep doing your thang, Trevor! 😊

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from C.Lo

    1 year ago


    I believe in you!

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Alexis Stodghill

    1 year ago


    Looking forward to seeing this get made!

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Uncle Benji

    1 year ago


    Glad you found your stairwell! Maybe uncle Benji can come visit from Connecticut during filming. (;

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Terence McGinley

    1 year ago


    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Barbara Dombroski

    1 year ago


    Good luck! Stop by when you are in A2

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Anonymous

    1 year ago

    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Shana L. Darabie

    1 year ago


    Trevor Zhou received a new donation from Steph Ching

    1 year ago


    You got this! Good luck!

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