Cherie Kerr, a founding member of the world-famous L.A. Groundlings, and founder of the Orange County Crazies sketch and improvisational troupe in Santa Ana, California, released her first film in May of this year. We’ve Got Balls, a family-friendly comedy, made its world debut at the 2013 Newport Beach International Film Festival. It has since gone on to become an Official Selection at the Action on Film and Movieville International Film Festivals, and the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival. At AOF, Kerr took home awards for “Filmmaker of the Year,” “Best Comedy – Feature,” and “Outstanding Cast Performance.” The film also was first runner-up for the “WithoutABox.com Best In Show” award there. The film also won “Best Comedy” at the Movieville event in September 2013 and Balls won two additional awards “Audience Choice” and “Best Feature-Bronze” at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in November 2013. During Indie Fest 2013 the film earned the “Award of Excellence” for a feature film and in 2014 the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival racked up an eight honor for the film “Silver Remi” for best trailer. Kerr is currently in pre-production on her next feature-length project, Small Claims, a mostly improvised comedy. It was picked up for distribution by Indie Rights with a release date of May 26, 2015.
Kerr has won numerous accolades and rave reviews for her work over the years as producer/writer/director and has now parlayed her expertise and creativity into the genre of film. Having produced a number of comedy shorts for the O.C. Crazies over the past 25 years, Kerr founded Ree-invent Films in 2011 for the purpose of furthering her career interests and expanding her efforts from comedy shorts to full-length feature films.
Kerr, named one of the “Top Ten Most Sensational People in Orange County” by Orange Coast magazine, has also been highly lauded for her work as a comedy writer/director, having garnered “Best Sketch of the Year” from the Los Angeles Times for her quirky sketch, “Too Much Shoulder Pad.” Founder of three businesses, Kerr brings tremendous acumen and savvy to the table along with an abundance of her unique, enviable, and highly original sense of creativity. She is accustomed to mobilizing teams, utilizing the best resources, pumping out excellent products, and garnering results that translate into strong bottom lines.
Kerr is the mother of filmmaker Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and Breathe In, which debuted in 2014). She taught and directed him on her stage at the De Pietro Performance Center in Santa Ana, Calif. as a member of the O.C. Crazies for 16 years before sending him off to the American Film Institute. Kerr was instrumental in guiding Doremus with many of his stage and film projects.
She is the author of 12 books; Charlie’s Notes having recently been named a winner in the New York Book Festival. Two of her books include forewords by fellow Groundling alums and SNL players, Phil Hartman and Julia Sweeney.
Over the years, Kerr has written more than 400 sketches, four screenplays, one full-length Broadway musical, and directed dozens of sketch and improv comedy shows. She also has starred in her own one-woman show, Out of Her Mind. In addition, she has won awards as a lyricist and journalist, and her long-standing public relations firm, KerrPR, has also won awards for its work. She started ExecuProv in 1983, a company that teaches improv comedy techniques to Fortune 100 and 500 companies, which continues to thrive.
Kerr is currently underway with her next project, a full-length comedy feature, Small Claims.
Kerr’s mission with Ree-invent Films is to provide full-length feature comedies that offer not only laughs, but moral/satirical messages that leave audiences thinking long after the laughter subsides.