About this project
THE HEART MACHINE is an independent film starring John Gallagher Jr and Kate Lyn Sheil, and has been invited to World Premiere in competition at SXSW Film Festival! But, to finish the film in time and bring it to Austin, we need your help.
We ask that you take a minute to learn about our film and, if you like it, please join our team by donating. Anything helps, even $1!
THE HEART MACHINE: Cody and Virginia start talking while he’s in Brooklyn and she’s in Berlin. It’s a romance that could only happen online, and they’re happy together—except they’ve never really met. But Cody’s questions about Virginia’s life in Berlin become an obsession, leading him to doubt that she’s there at all. Combing NYC for clues about her whereabouts, an increasingly driven Cody begins overstepping boundaries of privacy in his desperate quest for answers. Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital mediation complicates modern love,The Heart Machine explores the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen.
The film was made for a low budget with a talented cast and crew who came together because of their shared passion for the story. We hope to bring that same sense of passion to the finishing process and to our festival premiere. We'd love for you to be a part of that.
Your donation will not only help us finish the film - finalizing the music, sound mix, and color grade - but it'll also enable us to premiere the film at SXSW as one of eight films in competition! Please help THE HEART MACHINE get to SXSW!
John Gallagher Jr. can be seen on HBO's "The Newsroom" and starred in SXSW-Grand Jury Winner SHORT TERM 12 and won a Tony for "Spring Awakening" on Broadway.
Kate Lyn Sheil has starred in SUN DON'T SHINE, V/H/S, and the upcoming season of "House of Cards" on Netflix.
Prior to THE HEART MACHINE, writer/director Zachary Wigon wrote and directed SOMEONE ELSE'S HEART, a short which won the Hammer To Nail Short Film Contest and was selected for the 2013 Maryland Film Festival. His screenplay FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT was optioned shortly after he graduated from NYU's film school. He writes film criticism for The Village Voice, Filmmaker Magazine and other outlets.
Lucas Joaquin produced the feature film LOVE IS STRANGE (dir. Ira Sachs) which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed in North America by Sony Pictures Classics. Past films include KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (dir. Ira Sachs), and the second unit shoot for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (dir. Benh Zeitlin). Upcoming projects include BRIGHT AS DAY directed by Ron Eyal and Eleanor Burke, and Russell Harbaugh’s LOVE AFTER LOVE. Joaquin is a 2012 Sundance Creative Producers Lab Fellow.
Producer Alex Scharfman is currently in post-production on LYLE (dir. Stewart Thorndike), starring Gaby Hoffmann. Previous credits include line producer on WHY NOW?! (dir. Adam Rapp); associate producer on KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (dir. Ira Sachs); and co-producer on SOMEONE ELSE'S HEART. Upcoming projects include NEBRASKA HORIZON (dir. Jennifer Ruff) and THE RAIN COLLECTORS (dir. Bella Wing-Davey), made possible by a grant from the Sloan Foundation. In May, Alex will receive his MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business.
Editor Louise Ford worked as a journalist on national newspapers and magazines in London before moving to New York and training to be a film editor. She was the assistant editor on numerous independent features, including Zeina Durra's THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! (Nominated, Grand Jury Prize Sundance 2010) and Julia Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET (Winner, Grand Jury Prize AFI 2011; Nominated: Best Film, Gotham Awards 2012; Best Director, Independent Spirit Awards 2013). She has edited several short films, most recently ACROSS GRACE ALLEY, which was directed by Ralph Macchio and premiered at The Hamptons International Film Festival 2013.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Seattle, Director of Photography Rob Leitzell started his career working with the emergent Court 13 Collective at Wesleyan University before continuing his film education in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts MFA program. His cinematography work has been featured in American Cinematographer and Cahiers du Cinema, his special-effects work for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD was a recent feature in Cinefex magazine, and his music videos for bands such as MGMT have received praise from the MTV Video Music Awards.
Production designer Alexandra Schaller studied performance design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, UK. She moved to NYC for Punchdrunk's blockbuster show SLEEP NO MORE and stayed to pursue a career in film. Recent film credits include Simon Helberg's WE'LL NEVER HAVE PARIS (also premiering at SXSW 2014), LA VIDA INESPERADA (dir. Jorge Torregrossa) and Zachary Wigon's SOMEONE ELSE'S HEART. Alexandra also designs commercials and interactive experiences for brands and products ranging from the Beatles 50th Anniversary to Canon, Nike and Roberto Cavalli.
Kickstart Video edited by Matthew C. Levy.
Risks and challenges
Since THE HEART MACHINE has already been shot, edited and is on its way to SXSW, there's almost no risk to your donation. Our only challenges now are time, as SXSW is fast approaching, and money, so please donate!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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