A couple arrives in an afterlife that seems a lot like a vacation home. The serenity is soon spoiled when they break the only rule.
It's the final week of Pondraising!
Every dollar we continue to raise will help make our film that much better and allow us to submit to more festivals. ~ Thank you for all your amazing support!
Our goal: To raise $4,500 to finish post production and send the film out to festivals! Please check out our video above to see the trailer and meet the team.
Synopsis: A newly deceased couple arrives in an afterlife that seems a lot like a vacation home. Just as they're beginning to accept and even enjoy their new surroundings they meet an eccentric couple who are hell bent on sharing the amenities. The story that unfolds is a dark comedy examining the unsavory side of human nature as the two couples become consumed with greed, covetousness and revenge, even when faced with the finality of the great unknown.
The Situation: The film was shot over 2 weekends in January 2012, on location at Still Light Pond in Occidental California. We had an amazing cast and crew and are so excited about our footage! We cant wait to begin phase two. This is where need your support...
The Plan: The funds we raise will go towards editing and color correction, sound mixing and creating an original soundtrack. And of course, submitting the film to festivals!
So check out our trailer and if you like what you see, we'd be grateful for any contribution you care to make. Thanks for helping us bring this film to life!
We are a collaborative group of multi-disciplinary artists, The Rookie Productions (composed of husband and wife team Meegan Barnes and Raffaele Vesco), and Peter Mann and Marissa Kunz. The story line was conceived a year ago when the four of us were spending the weekend together at Still Light Pond.
Cast + Crew:
• Raffaele Vesco, Director, Cinematographer and Storyline Producer of Across The Pond, is a native Italian who decided to pursue his film making dreams in 2007 after graduating with a law degree from the University of Bologna. He came to San Francisco in 2010 when "Il Vincitore", a film he worked on as Set Designer, was screened at the SF Independent Film Festival (it was also shown at the Mill Valley Film Festival and many more internationally). It was during this trip he met his wife Meegan.
• Meegan Barnes, Actress, Art Director and Contributing Writer of Across The Pond, is a San Francisco born Designer and Illustrator with a new found passion for film making. She'd like to take this opportunity to say a few words to the Oscar Meyer Weiner commercial casting director who cast her aside circa 1979... "eat your heart out wiener man!". www.meeganbarnes.com
• Peter Mann, Actor and Writer of Across The Pond, is a historian, graphic artist and general dabbler in the world of words and images. Originally from Kansas, he is currently finishing his PhD in Modern European History at Stanford.
• Marissa Kunz, Actress and general opinion-giver, is a graphic artist and art teacher in San Francisco. Before earning her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, she grew up in Bangkok, where she gained valuable professional acting experience by pretending to play the keyboard in a Thai music video and touting the virtues of Mirinda orange soda.
• John Lawler, Actor, is a mechanical engineer and a helluva guy. Born in Kansas, schooled at Stanford, he is currently at large in San Francisco.
• Mark Trammell: Actor
• Dawna Knapp: Actress / Production Assistant
• Jason Sakach: Sound engineer
• Cory McElrea: DP / Second Camera
• Cody Martin: DP Assistant
• Portia Wells: Assistant Director
• Danielle Gasbarro: Production Assistant
• Rob Schultzberg & Mia Harlock: Soundtrack Consultants
For updates on the film release, festivals and more, be sure to visit and like our Facebook page: facebook.com/AcrossThePond.Movie
Thanks again for all your support!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $4,500 goal
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Mar 15, 2012 - Apr 14, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
If you pledge $5 or more you'll get big thanks from us and good karma for helping us create our project.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $15 or more
A special thanks in the credits of the film.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $25 or more
A film credit and a digital download of the film and you'll receive a little thank you card in the mail, made and signed by all of us.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A film credit and thank you card + a DVD of the film which will feature a cool art insert and behind the scenes footage, out takes and bloopers.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A film credit, thank you card and DVD + a CD of the soundtrack which will feature original songs by talented musicians including Rob Schultzberg, Mia Harlock and Todd Brozman!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $150 or more
A film credit, thank you card, the DVD and soundtrack + a limited edition screen printed Across The Pond movie poster.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $500 or more
A film credit, thank you card, DVD, soundtrack and poster, PLUS an exclusive invitation to join the film makers for a home cooked Italian dinner in downtown San Francisco.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
A film credit, thank you card, DVD, soundtrack and poster, PLUS a TWO night stay at the beautiful and magical Still Light Pond vacation home where we shot the film. Located in Occidental California, just one hour north of San Francisco. Check it out on VRBO: http://www.vrbo.com/86415 (Anytime from Jan 15 thru May 1, 2013) * You will also get a Co-Producer title in the film which also makes you officially listed as a Co-Producer on IMDBEstimated delivery: Jul 2012