The Fetch


Water scarcity disproportionately impacts the lives of women and girls all around the world, resulting in lack of education, crushing poverty and vulnerability to physical and sexual assault. Writer / Director Cheryl Isaacson was inspired to write this short while researching the consequences of drought for another project. THE FETCH imagines an alternate / future, where these realities are lived out in a familiar but barren California. 

The film is in production and will be submitted to festivals for a 2016 run. The story will also potentially be developed into a feature. 


In this Steinbeck-esque world of failed agriculture and toxic water, social structures are stressed, collapsed and broken. At the bottom, women and girls eke out an existence fetching and delivering water, while those (mostly men) at the top exert their power and satisfy their appetites with impunity.  Dale is a desperate mother whose determination to bring justice to a predator drives her to take an enormous risk. 

Kathleen Wilhoite (Pay it Forward, Gilmore Girls), Daniel Hugh Kelly (Hardcastle and McCormick, Cujo), Blaine Saunders (The Taken), and Thash Mose



Writer and Director  |  Cheryl Isaacson

Cheryl brings years of producing, graphic design, creative direction, production design and art organizational leadership to her narrative work. Past work has included co-founding the South Bay Art Momentum and writing/producing immersive, multi-media works for the stage. The Fetch will be her second narrative short film. Cheryl also wrote and directed the short film, Out of Pocket, and is in development on a feature, Girlie.  

As founder/EP of Lincoln Street Studios, a Bay Area based collaborative creative video agency with clients such as Google, Martinelli’s, Cisco, Brocade and Vessel, Cheryl writes, produces and directs branded content.

Cinematographer  | Peter J Lindsey

Peter is a multidimensional Filmmaker based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a key member of Lincoln Street Studios with Cheryl Isaacson and is her frequent collaborator on narrative projects as well. His third short film, Chapter and Verse, is slated for a festival run this fall, and he is writing a female driven feature about grief.

Casting Director | Neely Gurman

With over 15 years of hands-on casting experience, Neely has worked on shows such as City guys, One on One, According to Jim, jake in Progress, Four Kings and other pilots.  She has also worked on such movies as How Sweet It Is, April Rain, Fatal Instinct, The Whole Ten yards, Meet My Valentine and currently just finished The Carpenter's Daughter and Dead Awake. 

AD / Assoc. Producer  | Tess Sweet

Tess has an MFA in film production from UCLA , where she garnered many awards for her directorial work.  Her long list of film credits includes, I love You Like Crazy (SF indie grand jury winner) and Little Punk (Mattel Contest Grand Jury Winner). She is currently packaging her feature Pretty Badass.

The Fetch