2021 • 18:04 MINUTES • HD

Here Is Where the Monsters Live is the story of Oliver, a man living with chronic depression, told through linear progression, illustrating the omnipresent cycle that is depression and how it affects his life and relationships.


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APRIL MATSOND (She/Her) founder and head coach, April Matson, is best known for her role as Lori Trager on the ABC Family (now Freeform) cable network television series Kyle XY. Prior to that, she played Penny Chase on the Fox sitcom Quintuplets alongside Andy Richter. In addition to guest starring in hit shows such as Psych, NCIS and American Dreams, she has been seen in several independent short and feature films throughout her career, including a few scrumptious Hallmark Christmas movies.

April has put in countless hours as a performer in live theater, sketch comedy and even dabbled in stand-up comedy. In 2004, she played Kikki in the world premier of Ernest Thompson’s irreverent comedy White People Christmas at the Zephyr in Los Angeles.

The foundation of her training has been a Meisner Hybrid with Andrew Benne, who currently owns and runs Acting SD in San Diego, California. She’s also trained under Anthony Meindl and Lindsay Frame at AMAW Los Angeles and studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Upright Citizens Brigade, Groundlings and The Second City.

In 2016, April founded Platform, a boutique acting studio in Boise, Idaho where she also began her journey as a filmmaker. Together with her husband, Scott Grady, she co-writes, co-produces and co-directs short films and comedy sketches. April and Scott’s small, grassroots production company Apricott Films has already started to collect greatly appreciated awards and accolades among small film festivals throughout the country.

In 2018, April co-authored a book with Catrine McGregor, CSA, called Both Sides of the Desk: A Conversation Between a Casting Director and an Actor which is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format.


April currently teaches at Los Angeles Acting Studio SD in San Diego, California (also known as Acting SD) and is co-founder of Los Angeles Acting Studio LA in North Hollywood, California.


Check out April’s full scope of experience on IMDb.



Chance Fuerstinger (He/Him)

Ever since he was a child, Chance Fuerstinger wanted to be an actor. Stymied in his adolescence by being convinced that acting was not a practical occupation, he very briefly pursued psychology, political science, and English. But his love for performing and storytelling always steered him back. His acting background began with community theatre (in such productions as The Fox on the Fairway, Be a Good Little Widow, and White People Christmas) as well as interactive murder mysteries and wild west shows for River City Entertainment in Boise, Idaho, USA. Following the closure of River City, Chance found himself without a creative outlet. It was then that he found April Matson and her superb tutelage through Platform Boise.


He began writing at age 11, with an aspiration to publish “the next Harry Potter”. To date, it has not seen the light of day, and he plans to keep it that way. He eventually steered away from novel-writing and began play/screenwriting. He has written several short films, the first season for a television series, and is fleshing out the workings of a feature film.


More recently, he has discovered that he has a passion, and a knack, for directing and producing, and would like to pursue them along with writing and acting. His debut film, Here Is Where the Monsters Live, an amalgamation of all his creative passions, has been garnering international acclaim throughout its festival circuit. Upcoming in early 2022 is the release of a feature film he starred in - Fugued Up! - in which he played one of the main characters. He is also in the middle of producing a series of shorts, collectively entitled Bric-à-Brac. The first film in the anthology, Bric-à-Brac: Reconcile, is currently in post-production with a projected release in late 2022.


He lives in Kuna, Idaho, USA with his husband, Zack, and their three demon cats: Onyx, Lux, and Nemra.



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