A Piece of Cake


When a desperate father discovers his daughter’s favorite cake decoration is illegal, he descends into a confectionery black market. Now he must make the ultimate parenting choice: break a birthday promise or break the law?

A Piece of Cake

About The Film

After disappointing his young daughter with another unfulfilled "daddy promise," Jim vows to set things right by purchasing the small silver confectionery balls she wants sprinkled on her birthday cake. This errand proves to be a challenge as he comes to find out the confections are banned in California. In an effort to keep his promise, Jim must venture into the underground world of illicit cake decorations where prices are high, smugglers are hardened, and police are on the lookout.


  • Rich Sommer
    as Jim

  • Natalie Britton
    as Claire

  • Riona O’Donnell
    as Cora

Betsy Baker as Della Michael Villar as Bart Peter Hulne as Detective Hartman J. Stephen Brantley as Cake Den Boss
Ryan Shrime as Talkative Dad Stevie Johnson as Father of Four Chris Mathieu as Dad on Steps

The team


The Bragg Brothers

The Bragg Brothers, Austin and Meredith, are an award-winning writer/director team whose work has been seen by millions. Their web series, The Defenders of Stan, was bought by Warner Bros. Television, and they co-wrote the half-hour pilot. Their feature length documentary Welcome to the Grave was purchased by executive producer Donald Zuckerman (Mayor of Sunset Strip, Dig).

Together they won the 2016 HP Masters of Short Film competition at the Cannes Film Festival, received a documentary award from George Lucas, have been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and even made a cat video that was projected on the side of a bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia. That cat video, by the way, got picked up by NBC News, ABC News, and The Guardian. It also landed them an interview on NPR. People love cat videos. Even on the radio.

Meredith and Austin both work for Reason TV, the video arm of the fifty-year-old politics and culture magazine Reason. Meredith is the Director of Special Projects, while Austin is a senior producer focusing on viral comedy.

  • Director of Photography
    Adam Lee

    Born and raised in San Diego, Adam Lee made the move to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University where he graduated Cum Laude from the university's honors program and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production. Adam’s visual talents garnered him both the Ian Connor Award for Excellence in Cinematography and a nomination for the ASC Heritage Award. Upon graduating, Adam began working in the commercial industry for such brands as Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Procter & Gamble, Neutrogena and American Express. Having completed eight feature films and over a dozen shorts, Adam has grown to be a highly sought after Director of Photography and is currently represented by WPA.

  • Producer
    RD Delgado

    RD Delgado is a Producer and Entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, CA. His work spans from Film and Documentaries to emerging storytelling platforms including Augmented Reality. He was a producer on the feature film American Skin, an urban drama which recently had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival.  RD founded the award-winning Beggar Kings Entertainment, a modern production company focused on good stories, good storytelling, and good storytellers. RD is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

  • Producer
    Rob Pfaltzgraff

    Rob Pfaltzgraff is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has served as the president of the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) since its founding in 2005. He oversees the operations of MPI while also producing MPI Original Films. Rob was the lead producer on the narrative feature film Miss Virginia starring Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, managing the project from development through distribution. His producer credits also include the forthcoming short film The Perfect One and the feature-length documentary 3 Dimensions. He has raised and overseen millions of dollars in financing for MPI's award-winning productions. His executive producer credits include Mama Rwanda and Incarcerating US. He graduated from Tufts University.

  • Producer
    Lana Link

    Lana Link, the Moving Picture Institute's senior vice president, works with the executive staff to acquire, develop, and produce MPI films. Her various producer credits include narrative shorts Gringa, The Perfect One, and Regulation; feature documentaries Incarcerating US and Los Ultimos Frikis; short doc Mama Rwanda; and feature narrative Miss Virginia. Lana is a graduate of the University of Chicago and a former Fulbright grant recipient in Vienna, Austria. She earned her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law and her certificate in independent producing from UCLA Extension. Lana is an associate member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

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About The MPI

A Piece of Cake is a Moving Picture Institute Original. The Moving Picture Institute is a production company and talent incubator that creates high-impact films designed to entertain, inspire, and educate audiences with captivating stories about human freedom. Learn more at TheMPI.org.

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