To shed light on how mental illness, the perception of social media, repression of sexual orientation among teens, and bullying in schools are relevant to the current issues in society.
Our goal is to produce this unique and socially relevant film outside of the typical Hollywood studio system. We believe our audience needs to see this film, and if we can reach enough people it will make a positive impact. By donating to this film you are taking a stance. You are actively helping to better society.
Narrative films reach the masses, and this movie will broaden people’s perception of sexuality, mental illness, and bullying.
Please pledge as much as you can spare!
About the Film:
The film Camouflage explores the mind of a mentally unstable twenty-year-old suffering from the consequences of bullying and sexual repression. The film opens with AUSTIN GRIFFIN in the midst of a mental blackout. His best friend, MATT, is bullied at a fraternity party because of his sexual orientation and it pushes Austin over the edge. Austin seeks guidance from his counselor, NOLAN, who advises him not to do anything rash. Austin ignores the recommendation, breaks into Tim’s dorm room, and waits for him to arrive home. Tim enters; Austin confronts him about bullying Matt, and reveals that he has a gun. A KNOCK on the door. Austin gives Tim permission to open the door, he does, and Austin’s “girlfriend”, SAMAR, enters. After a brief altercation, a shooting occurs, and Austin is taken into custody.
A Middle-Eastern FBI agent, AMIRA, interrogates Austin for a number of days. Over the course of the examination Austin becomes more disoriented, he experiences flashes of his past, and the audience discovers what ultimately led him to want to kill bullies on his campus. At the age of four AUSTIN’S MOTHER commits suicide in front of him, at fourteen Austin’s first gay experience results in his best friend committing suicide, and at the age of seventeen Austin starts to experience hallucinations and manic episodes. Austin cannot seek help from his father, GALVIN, so he decides to hide his sexual preferences and ailments in order to fit in among his peers. Upon his arrival at college, Austin seeks guidance from Nolan who advises him that it is time to face his true personality.
As Amira’s investigation unfolds she reveals clues about her past. Her story is similar to Austin’s conveying a contrast of how two people with similar dysfunctional backgrounds can turn out in very different ways. Amira’s ultimate fear is that this attack is a prelude to something bigger. This movie has potential with the R-rated audience with hopes that the film will initiate pertinent conversations between parents and their children.
Who We Are:
Writer/Director/Producer/Editor/Actor Kyle T. Cowan:
As a SAG-AFTRA actor/writer/director/editor, Kyle T. Cowan has performed on numerous professional and independent film shoots. As a child Cowan learned that in order to succeed as an actor he needed to find a way to make himself stand above all others, thus he began gaining hands on experience by working on as many productions as possible. His credits include: acting in major motion pictures including Odd Thomas, commercials including Westwood College, local casting assistant for Just Like A Woman, local casting assistant for Odd Thomas, production assistant for American Idol, and creative development intern at Warren Miller Entertainment. Graduating summa cum laude in 3.5 years with a BFA in Writing and Directing for Film, TV and Theater from the University of Colorado in December 2010; Kyle T. Cowan is optimistic that his degree and talent will open doors to assist him in attaining status in the film community of Los Angeles. Kyle is represented by Applause Talent Agency in New Mexico.
Producer/Actress Adriana Leonard:
Originally from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Adriana dreamed of being a professional dancer. As a child she studied dance and traveled to perform in competitions. The acting bug soon caught her by storm. Adriana attended a performing arts high school and participated in many theatre and stage productions, where she got to combine her dance and acting talents. She performed and toured with the Cirque Du Soleil visiting company "Le Grande Cirque". Having graduated in 3.5 years from the University of South Carolina, Adriana has a BA in Theatre and a minor in Fashion Merchandising. She studied as an intern with Fincannon and Associates Casting Agency in Wilmington, North Carolina. Here in LA, Adriana studies acting at Warner Loughlin Studios, she is a student at Upright Citizens Brigade, and enjoys performing in various improv shows. Adriana is represented by JVC Talent Agency & Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Director of Photography George V.K.:
Egor Vladimirovich Kotelnikov, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1990; moved to Denver, Colorado eleven years later and became interested in the art of filmmaking. The ability to communicate ideas and emotions through body language and facial expression on film fascinates him. He specializes in purposeful composition, camera movement and visual dynamics, which is why he is pursuing a career as a Director of Photography. His ultimate goal is producing an exceptional product while remaining open-minded during the process.
Casting Director Kathryn Brink:
Kathryn Brink is best known for her work on Disney's Lemonade Mouth, Stephen Sommer's film Odd Thomas, and her work on Tim Allen's Wild Hogs.
2nd Camera Operator Maxwell Q Grummer:
A student, Grummer has shown extreme potential. Check out some of his work as a Director of Photography below.
Music Composer Josh Klein:
Mr. Klein composes for a number of TV shows.
Kyle T. Cowan as Austin http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1278968/
Adriana Leonard as Samar http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4412982/
Audrey Walters as Terri http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3196637/
Mike Ostroski as Jim http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3106150/
Juliet Lopez as Dr. Ortiz http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3053274/
Isa Gillette as Gen
FINAL Casting Announcements COMING SOON!
Where Your Money Goes:
$1,500.00 to Insurance
$3,125.00 to Casting
$17,225.00 to Crew
$7,175.00 to Actors
$3,412.00 to Props
$1,540.00 to Costumes
$2,600.00 in Location Fees
$500.00 to Web Design
$1,700.00 to Catering
$7,500.00 to The Score
$2,000.00 to Sound Mastering
$6,723.00 in Start Up Fees
Risks and challenges
We anticipate some set backs since this is Kyle T. Cowan's first feature film. Cowan has produced numerous short films, and has worked on over thirty film sets, so our team is confident that we can tackle anything that is thrown our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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