A short film; A piece of an evening.
Sam, a timid, sharp and terribly handsome painter, comes to NYC to visit his childhood friend Jack, who lives in a piecemeal loft in Morgan Town. Having found himself deeply disenchanted with the real world post-college, Sam is on a pilgrimage to find happiness and some sort of meaning in his young directionless life. Jack, an outgoing hedonist who scrapes by as a freelance graphic designer, lives life hard, fast, and carefree. Luckily for him, Jack claims to have all of the answers - or so he thinks. In any case, he definitely does have some shitty beer, a bag of decent pot, and the location a pretty good slice of pizza. With humor and grit, the film follows Jack and Sam as they ramble, on the wings of Dionysus, through a wild night of debauchery, nostalgia, and self-discovery/obliteration throughout Morgan Town.
A Word From The Director
I've tried to make a movie about New York since the day I moved here. I've tried and failed and tried and failed. I bussed tables, I went to fancy celebrity parties, I got robbed twice, I got promoted to waiter, I got lost in the subway after drinking too much, I got hit by a car on my bicycle, I had a crappy roommate in a small apartment, I got hit by another car on my bicycle, I got fired, I was in a catalog, I got taken advantage of, I had an internship, I stayed at a bar until sunrise.
I am no longer trying to make a film about New York, I am making a film about a piece of an evening and a good time with a good friend.
Why We Need Your Help
Morgantown is my most ambitious film to date. The short is different in nearly every way from projects I have made in the past. The crew is larger, the days will be longer, the stress will be higher, and I have never been more excited! The film will be shot on location in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. The film will be shot over six days mostly in the evenings, which means a lot of lights and a lot of POWER! There are two large scenes that require 20 plus extras (grass fed and hand picked locally). We are shooting in one of the most crowded bars in the neighborhood which gives us 8 hours a day from close to open. This means a lot of coffee, a lot of bagels, a lot of smear, and a lot of pep talks! Finally, we will be shooting at the end of February which is arguably the coldest part of the winter. This means heaters, blankets and shelter!
With your contributions we can make this film as best & efficiently as possible. My concern is not in the quality of my equipment but in the comfort & care of my wonderful cast and crew!
Where The Moneys Going
- Transportation (van rentals, gas, etc)
- Food for Cast & Crew
- Props, Costumes, Makeup, & Art Direction
- Location Fees
- Equipment Rentals (lights, camera, etc)
I have assembled a crew of the most talented creatives I have met in this city, They are dedicated, loyal, and love their work.
Cinematographer-Zachary Miller: A Digital Imaging Technician and enthusiastic cinematography student. He is my long time friend and roommate dedicated to achieving the best possible imagery no matter what obstacle he may face.
Costume Design-Natalia Schwien: An aspring writer/producer at NYU's Tisch program. It just so happens she has quite the eye for wardrobe and costume design! I was impressed by Natalia's skill and work ethic while working with her on another project, and I am ecstatic about her involvement in my own.
Composer-Jonathan Rado: An independently successful rock musician as half of the band Foxygen. Jonathan and I have been making movies together since the age of 15. He is my long time friend and collaborator and will be providing a breathtaking score for the film.
Work by Austin Kearns
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As the film will be shot in late February the largest risk I am taking is trying to raise the money before the first day of the shoot. Preproduction has already begun and we have most of our locations on lock, the only challenge is now coming up with the money to pay for them.
Creating a cohesive and well crafted short film is a challenge in itself. The hours are long the tensions are high and everything that goes wrong costs money. Thankfully I have a talented and creative crew that has pulled me out of sticky situations in the past. Due to their dedication and passion I have no doubts that we will make something great whether we receive the budget or not.
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