Veteran ex-cop Honus Masters protects Dita Freund and her cerebral implant from foes and friends in this high-tech film noir webseries.
"Secrets... Will Be the End of Me"
Brooklyn 2012, high-tech hardware and classic film noir blend into Atlantic & Pacific, a web series based on an original idea from and written by Kenrick E. Cohen with Ed Stone French.
Brooklyn doesn’t change, “just like the brownstones and trash on the sidewalk,” as lifelong resident Honus Masters – ex-military, ex-cop, soon-to-be-ex-security guard – relates. Crime stays the same and individuals need protection that the cops just can’t give. Honus, through a series of personal disasters, sees that one pragmatic man can make a difference during his protecting Dr. Edith “Dita” Freund from gunmen who are trying to kill her.
Dita’s marked for death due to her co-creating a high-tech cerebral implant to regulate her epileptic seizures, a chip with a limitless value on the international black market.
It all starts with Dita being taken hostage in a Brooklyn television station, a sight normally unseen to regular television audiences. The gunmen try to physically pry the chip out of her brain – until Honus stops them and recognizes them from his past, a past that has now finally caught up with him.
Now Honus and Dita must distinguish friend from foe: Dita’s boss and father, Dr. John Freund, his boss Sadler Pharmaceutical CEO Beverly Rost, Honus’ former police detective partner Trinita Cardozo, MyBar owner Miles DeVoort and Rost's and Honus' mutual acquaintance Minnow.
Leading to a noir detective series in its future, Atlantic & Pacific is a contemporary high-tech mixture of humor, danger, secrets, shifting loyalties, recovery and the burgeoning relationship of two emotionally-guarded adults.
WHY A WEB SERIES AND HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE IT?
This is a story that can be told in short segments, like a classic serial - and that lends itself to YouTube and web distribution perfectly. That, and the need to go to television eventually is proved when a web series becomes popular. It is our plan for Atlantic & Pacific to become that popular.
We'll be making the first episode of a five-to-six webisode series, as a proof that our concept works and as an overall first step into a larger world.
You can check out what we already have: a website with actor biographies, downloadable art, blogs and updated information. There's also an active Facebook fan page that you should check out and "like." The series will be available through those two outlets as well as on YouTube and Vimeo.
WHO'S BEHIND THIS SERIES?
Writer/Producer/Creator - Kenrick E. Cohen
I'm not going to lie. I'm writing this too. Over the last 20 years, I've slung hot dogs, taught English as a Second Language in three Asian countries, conducted marketing research, and produced local news morning shows, live events and television shows. Since I've lived in New York City, I've worked on 25 projects, including Atlantic & Pacific, in virtually every department so I've "paid my dues." It's my intention to win some kind of awards with this and kick back, and laugh out loud. Oh yeah, I've got a bunch of other projects in various stages of development with my company The Republic Media Group.
Director/Co-Writer - Ed Stone French
Ed's the director and I'll let him talk about himself:
"I've directed theatre for years. I've directed film in New York and Austria (Lady MacBeth, Ed & I) and I'm thrilled to be directing in my current favorite medium for the first time: the Web. I'm an actor's director with an understanding of digital effects and a desire to tell compelling stories in new ways. Recently I've been developing skills in post-production and visual effects."
Producer/ Interactive Media Director - Emeline Rodelas
Emeline wants you to take this very seriously. If you asked her friends about her, this is what they would say... "A Los Angeles native, the past few years have been very busy for Emeline Rodelas and her group, The Collaborative. Among her recent producing credits are Verragio jewelers' brand films, television commercials for Kellogg and the NFL and producing the forthcoming Hong Kong-American feature film Supercapitalist. In addition to Atlantic & Pacific, she is writing and producing a French-American romantic comedy, scheduled to shoot in Paris and New York in 2013."
Other folks who are involved with Atlantic & Pacific:
Stephen Booth, Production Consultant
Dr. J. Adam Noah, Scientific Consultant
Larry Banks, Production Advisor
Will Vaultz, Director of Photography
William Stitt, Production Designer
Jared Burke, Stunt Coordinator
Bobby and Cheska Savoca-Guay, Makeup
Marcus Henderson, First Assistant Director
SO WHAT DO I GET FOR MY INVESTMENT?
The funds that you so generously provide will go toward paying the professional members of the team, the protection monies that must be paid... er, insurance for the safety of all involved, and the usual expendables, catering and rentals that go along with any other film, television or web project.
With the funds we raise, we will shoot the TV studio hostage sequence, which is the first part of the overall series. Everyone in the studio is held at gunpoint while the gunmen try to pry the cerebral implant from Dita's skull. Will Honus make it in time to save her? Find out next week...
You'll see the list of donor levels and cool stuff to the immediate right of this description.
Further, everybody who donates at least a dollar gets a cool Atlantic & Pacific logo pen for their trouble and to show off how cool they are.
We'll also add a bunch of extra content during this fundraising phase to entertain and interest you, extra content that may find its way into the show in other ways...
Additionally, you get to be part of one of the most interesting and cool Web series of the year.
HOW CAN I HELP?
I'm glad you asked (and I'm glad you let me ask the question for you).
1) You can donate on this site for the production. That is the best, most direct way to help get Atlantic & Pacific finished and in front of the world on the Web.
2) Listed above, plus "like" our Facebook fan page. Likes make things go, too.
3) Send links to your friends, family and random acquaintances to "like" our Facebook page... and also to watch our trailer on YouTube
4) Tweet us. Re-tweet us. Re-re-tweet us. You know the drill.
5) Do all of the above. We appreciate it.
WHEN DOES IT SHOOT?
Atlantic & Pacific's first webisode will shoot June/July 2012 with an August 2012 release anticipated.
SHORT ON FUNDS? HELP US GET NOTICED!
We understand times are tough... but if you know someone who would be interested in helping out with Atlantic & Pacific, please contact us and we'll get in touch with them. There's always room for folks who want to help, no matter what that help may be.
Please don't forget to let others know about this Kickstarter campaign. Facebook it. Tweet it. Re-tweet it. Let major (and minor) media know about it. Drop it into your Broadway show somehow.
We're big fans of film noir and want to make a contemporary project that's worthy of the films that have gone before ours. You can help make Atlantic & Pacific a reality. Please help make this a reality. You'll be glad you did.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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