The Pick Up

Mason Film Lab The Pick Up, Fall 2016


Sullen teen Melanie’s unexpected trip home from swim practice takes her on a bumpy ride toward adulthood. The Pick Up was written and directed by Giovanna Chesler. It premiered at the 2018 Wicked Queer Festival in Boston.

Cinematography student Tara Tung pulls focus with director Giovanna Chesler
Cinematography student Tara Tung pulls focus with director Giovanna Chesler

Giovanna Chesler, Director

Giovanna Chesler, Director
Giovanna Chesler, Director, Film at Mason

Professor Chesler is a Director and Producer of documentary and fiction film through their production company G6 Pictures. Chesler earned an M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State (Most Distinguished Graduate) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Professor Chesler directs documentary and narrative films addressing themes of the body, sexuality, and gender. Chesler's films have been exhibited at over 300 film festivals worldwide and in museums and gallery spaces. Chesler is an active member of Film Independent and University Film and Video Association and is a 2019 Media Arts Fellow - D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Full Bio.

Students on set:

Awards and Screenings:

Best Short Fiction Film, Cineffable, Paris, France
Best Short Film, image+nation, Montreal, Canada
Jury Award, Screenwriting, Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, Illinois
Film Fest DC, Washington
London Lesbian Film Festival, Ontario, Canada
Festival Lesbian Printemps, Toulouse, France
Immaginaria International Festival of Lesbians and Other Rebellious Women, Rome, Italy
Spring Out! Middle Tenneessee LGBT Film Festival, Murphreesboro, Tenessee
Outfest Fusion, Los Angeles, California
Lesbian Looks, Tucson, Arizona
Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Indiana
DC Shorts Film Festival, Washington, DC
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Durham
Pridefest Seattle, Washington
Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India
Wicked Queer Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts 

The Pick Up Festival Selections

Wicked Queer Boston Film Festival logo

Behind-the-scenes working on The Pick Up