“I hate it when I lose things.” Franklin This feature film explores loss, hope, reconciliation, Hong Kong and a Bunny.
Year of the Bunny is a feature comedy/drama, written and directed by award winning filmmaker Gary Chan, and starring Roger Fan (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast & Furious). The film will be shot on location in Hong Kong once fundraising for production has been successful.
Franklin travels the world armed with nothing but a bunny... a stuffed animal bunny. When he arrives in Hong Kong, he mistakenly leaves his long time companion in a cab and will do anything to get him back. With the help of his estranged Grandpa, a devious salesman named Jake, Sofie with the British accent and Benji the cab driver, Franklin goes on an adventure of discovery in Year of the Bunny.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE WRITER.DIRECTOR
Before I got married I would write
about unrequited love, rejection and loneliness. Fun stuff. Now that
I'm a little older, married with a family, things have changed.
What would it be like to lose everything I hold dear? That's what
Year of the Bunny is about. It's funny... it's sad... Oddly, those are the types of
films I like to watch... and make. Year of the Bunny will explore love, loss, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Themes every human has to deal with at some point in their
lives...especially someone who loses a bunny in Hong Kong. This film is for people who've lost bunnies... or who've dealt with those other things too.
Raising money to complete production for this film has been a longtime coming, but there is hope. Kickstarter and crowdfunding! If you're unfamiliar with how Kickstarter works, basically, to donate, click the green button to the right. You will receive updates and rewards for your donation and more importantly help this project become a reality. Also, it's an ALL or NONE deal. If we reach our goal in the allotted time, we receive ALL of the funding. If we don't, we receive NONE of it and you won't be charged. We're hoping for the former scenario.
We started fundraising last year with letter writing and more traditional methods and were able to raise enough money to shoot Easter Bunny, the short "prequel" to Year of the Bunny. Easter Bunny is currently making the festival rounds. Watch the trailer above to see images from the short. The idea is to use the short film to garner attention and complete fundraising for the feature. All monies will go towards production costs of the feature to be shot on location in Hong Kong.
A FEW MORE WORDS
Like I said before, I'm getting older. I get tired easily. The ambition to make my filmmaking dreams comes true has faded a little. But I gotta keep trying! At least that's what I keep telling myself. Plus, I've had more time to hone my craft (at least that's what I keep telling myself... again). My first feature film was about taking risks in life and even though my age has increased, I gotta practice what I preach. So here's to taking a risk... Will you join me?
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