A dark cinematic meeting of The Maltese Falcon and Raiders of the Lost Ark in this doomed romance of mystery, murder and betrayal.
"TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS" is an original feature film written by Thomas Konkle and Brittney Powell, a true, hard-boiled film noir directed by devotee of this classic American genre, Thomas Konkle.
"TROUBLE" is the noir tale of a private investigator down on his luck who becomes dangerously intertwined with an enigmatic woman. He was a working man, missing persons was his specialty...
She was from a world of wealth, twisted family roots, and murder.
Please help us produce the FIRST 10 MINUTES of this FEATURE FILM in silky, sultry black and white. We will use this 10-minute "pitch film" later in 2012 to seek distribution for the Feature length movie.
We love classic Hollywood film noir. We love the attitude, silvery images, sweeping music, fatalism, and flawed human characters... the hard-boiled detective, Roland Drake... the femme fatale, a mysterious Miss Montemar... the doomed romance that blossoms which can only lead to murder and betrayal.
WHO ARE WE?
BRITTNEY POWELL has been in everything from cult favorite "AIRBORNE," with Seth Green and Jack Black, to "GENERAL HOSPITAL" to "XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS."
THOMAS KONKLE (aka Tom Konkle) has appeared in HBO's series "LUCK" with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, "THE ART OF FOOTBALL" with John Cleese, "COMMUNITY," "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT" and a ton of commercials. His directing work stretches the media gamut from film to music videos.
"I've been a film and television director for 20 years," says Konkle. "My stylized images and ability to communicate to actors, while really understanding the technical parts of the filmmaking, can draw out great performances and storytelling."
Konkle and Powell wrote this original feature script together and are starring in the lead roles. The two seasoned performers bring two decades of professional acting experience to this film.
3/20/12 UPDATE: P.J. GAYNARD is our Director of Photography. We are proud to have P.J. on-board as he takes the helm to oversee the cinematography of this film. Among his recent projects as D.P. was "The Mercury Men" on SyFy.com which won three IAWTV Awards in 2012.
Actor DAVID BEELER, the casting of several other veteran actors, and our creative producing team all promise to deliver cinematic performances and quality craftsmanship. Watch comedy samples of Dave and Tom here: http://www.daveandtom.com
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"I love film noir," says Konkle. "I have always wanted to create a feature film in the noir style and am no longer waiting for permission. It's 2012 and there are no more dues to be paid. I've directed projects in the past and am ready to handle the technical demands of a feature film."
LUMEN ACTUS (http://www.lumenactus.com./showreel.html) is our in-house production, visual effects and post company. Konkle has also acted with Brittney Powell in many projects together including: "Safety Geeks SVI 3D," an original 3D series, "Invention with Brian Forbes," and a period documentary satire, "Baxter Smalls."
Konkle has collaborated for many years with the Lumen Actus team's writing, producing, and acting partner Dave Beeler. He has produced projects with Thor Melsted, lighting wizard Ralph King, as well as post and visual effects supervisor, Lumen Actus partner Michael J. Smith.
We need your help with our home-grown effort to produce the first 10 minutes of "TROUBLE" as a tight, dramatic pitch film. We will use this pitch film to raise funds for the full FEATURE LENGTH FILM. Your support will help us with:
Like Academy Award winner "The Artist," this kind of old-school genre in black and white is a bold creative risk, but it's the one we're willing to take. JOIN US on our adventure. Please donate what you can and SHARE with your friends. Thank you very much!
--Tom, Brittney, David, Thor, Victor, Mike, and the creative team behind "Trouble Is My Business"
Producers: Thor Melsted, Victor Solis
["Hyperion", previous directorial work by Tom Konkle, featuring Dave Beeler:]
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