VIDEO: Check Out the Official Trailer For EVERY OTHER WEEKEND Starring Keala Settle

Keala Settle, star of Broadway's "Hands on a Hardbody" and "Waitress" and the film "The Greatest Showman" - and standout performer of the Oscar nominated song "This Is Me" on the recent 2018 Academy Awards telecast - takes the lead role in the new short film "Every Other Weekend" which will have its international premiere in mid-2018. The Josh Victor Rothstein directed film also stars on-the-rise child actors Angelina Palma and Julian Lerner, and is produced by Schuyler Weiss and Carlos Zozaya. Edited & Co-Produced by Jim Helton (Blue Valentine, Place BEYOND the Pines, The Light Between Oceans). Associate Produced by Kimberley Browning (Hollywood Shorts). For more information and premiere dates, please visit

"Every Other Weekend" follows the volatile relationship between a strong willed 10 year old girl and her misguided alcoholic mother. Tensions run deep as the two attempt to navigate a relationship that has become strained as a result of the mother's drinking habit and her young daughter's decision to give-up the budding music career she had planned for her. This small conflict sets in motion decisions that risk spiraling the small single-parent family toward disaster.

Director Josh Victor Rothstein called the opportunity to make "Every Other Weekend" a "dream come true" and that "although the film has intense and heart wrenching moments, it is ultimately a story of self awareness and insight that often only come when one is down in the ugliest of places. From within these low and dark moments - just when it seems like there is no way out - there is a glimmer of insight and humility, and therefore the possibility of a way forward. It is a story about overcoming these dark and ugly moments and translating them into a opportunities for personal growth and empowerment." Rothstein relays that "these moments may not be clean or with elegance and grace, but sometimes survival is simply about the creativity of figuring a way out. For 10 year old Ruby, she must RISE up and take control of an out of control situation by whatever means necessary. It is a sad and tragic reality that many children are put in this position at a young age, but it is a reality that I feel is important to shed light on and portray. This film is not about glamorizing or celebrating this predicament, but rather it is an effort to bring a voice to a dysfunctional family dynamic that is rarely depicted in film."

Keala Settle originated the role of Becky in the Tony Award nominated musical "Waitress." She also originated the role of Norma Valverde in the musical "Hands on a Hardbody," for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award. She has appeared on Broadway in the revival of "Les Miserables" and "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and in the Encores! concert staging of "Violet" with Sutton Foster. Keala starred as Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of "Hairspray," and as Bloody Mary in the national tour of Lincoln Center's production of "South Pacific." In 2017 she portrayed Lettie Lutz, the bearded lady, in the film musical "The Greatest Showman" opposite Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Sendaya. The song "This Is Me" from the film - principally sung by Keala, won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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