Beleeve: (Bel)mont & R(eeve)
Actress, Writer, Director, Producer
Chelese Belmont graduated with honors in three years from UC Berkeley with her B.A. in History while concurrently studying acting in the American Conservatory Theatre’s Professional Development program in San Francisco. After graduation, she began working as an actress in independent shorts and features in the Bay Area, where she also cut her teeth on independent film production. From various indie producers and directors, she learned about development, financing, and production, and gave notes on scripts. She was then accepted into an MFA program at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City.
While completing her MFA in Acting, Chelese continued to act in both shorts and features in New York and Los Angeles and continued to hone her skills behind the camera as well. She continued offering feedback and collaboration on scripts written by writers whom she met while working as an actress and learned more about lighting, sound, casting, and financing.
After graduating from ASDS, Chelese moved to Los Angeles and continued to work in theater, film, commercials, and television while simultaneously learning more about filmmaking and storytelling. She soon began to learn to edit and also served as an Assistant Director on various projects. In addition, she served as a collaborator on numerous scripts and is often known as the idea girl when a new project is sought. She has been referred to as a “muse” by numerous fellow artists who like to bounce ideas off of her for feedback and development. While Shannan is the technical master of Beleeve Entertainment, Chelese is often the story shaper/fine tuner and paper pusher (she loves a good spreadsheet).
Chelese made her foray into directing with her short, THE RED HAIRED LADY, which was shot in New York City and played festivals in the U.S. and Europe. She also produced and starred in the feature film PENUMBRA, and directed the LGBTQ holiday short film, HOLIDAY HELP DESK. She also wrote, produced, and starred in SPEED DATE, CHROMO46, and THE OBITUARIST, while her feature scripts, FALSE TARGETS and ALL THE LITTLE PIECES, and her short script, TEE TIME. have placed in screenwriting competitions.
She is currently honing her producing skills in a Sundance Institute Co//ab Course with Karin Chien, Summer Shelton, and Liz Nord.
WHAT BELEEVE MEANS TO ME/US:
See Shannan’s answer. She rocked it.
Somewhere, Sometimes (in development)
Aries (in development)
All the Little Pieces (in development)
False Targets (script)
Amelie, Fight Club, Cloud Atlas, Girl Interrupted, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fighter, Hidden Figures, The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Good Will Hunting.
Photography, Mentoring high school students,
White Water Rafting, Yoga, Impromptu solo dance parties.
DREAM SHOOT LOCATIONS:
Paris, Prague, New York City
“Enough talk. Let’s plan, prepare, and actually do it.”
Shannan Leigh Reeve
Director, Actress, Editor, 1st AD
Shannan was born into a military family and spent most of her life moving from city to city, which proved to be the best acting training she could get since she had to constantly adapt to her new surroundings. While a sophomore in college, she accepted a contract to play Helen in the Water World Stunt Show in Osaka, Japan, while continuing to pursue her Psychology degree through online courses. While there, she also produced, directed, and performed as Columbia in a multi-media production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
After Japan, Shannan lived and performed in NYC for a few years, at which time it became clear that if she was to truly follow her dreams and aspirations, she needed to move to Los Angeles, where film opportunities far outnumbered those in New York. It has been here, in Los Angeles, where Shannan was able to prove her ability to multi-task, to approach situations from an unbiased perspective, to demonstrate efficient time-management skills as well as attention to finite details and continuity, and to utilize her extremely effective skills as a communicator. She has obtained not only acting jobs, but also behind-the-camera production jobs as well thanks to this varied and useful skill set.
In the last five years, Shannan has worked as a Director, producer, 1st AD, Stunt Coordinator, Editor, and/or Camera Operator on a variety of features, shorts, and webseries, including COWGIRL UP, RILEY PARRA, NIKKI & NORA, and VENICE THE SERIES. She has also shot and/or edited a number of short films, webseries, Kickstarter videos, and trailers. One of her ongoing endeavors is working with Big Voice Productions filming and editing interviews for veterans to use in their employment searches.
Among Beleeve's productions, Shannan is a co-writer, director, and actress in Beleeve Entertainment’s feature, PENUMBRA, which won Best Screenplay at the Chelsea Film Festival in 2016. She is also the director of the short film, SPEED DATE, which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and the writer/director of the short film, THE VISIT. Her most recent shorts, THE OBITUARIST and CHROMO 46, just finished their award-winning festival runs.
In the midst of taking on various projects, she also finished her Psychology degree, graduating Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge after making Dean's List every semester.
WHAT BELEEVE MEANS TO ME/US:
“Beleeve” is literally a collaboration, 2 people Bel(mont) & (R)eeve striving for one common goal: to provide quality content with the utmost integrity to our clients.
The Obituarist (completed)
The Past Is Calling (in development)
Ad Astra (treatment)
Aries (in development)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Labyrinth, Black & White (1999), Sucker Punch, Total Recall (2012), Män Som Hatar Kvinnor
Taking Photos, Anything Outdoors (adrenaline junky!), Live Music, Fine Whiskeys
DREAM LOCATION SHOOTS:
Tropical Paradise (on land and on a boat), New York City (somehow involving an empty Broadway stage),
“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm...in the real world all rests on perseverance.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe