THE BIG SPOON is about the uncomfortable, hilarious, sometimes dark and mostly honest lengths people will go to to make a mismatched relationship work- not just in romance, but in friendship, too.
Is it better to be alone than settle for a relationship with diminishing returns? When does compromise become compromised? When you stop growing is it time to cut the cord?
Mallory [Mallory Culbert] is a 29 year-old overly organized elementary school teacher who strives to keep her life drama free.
Elise [TBD] Mallory's childhood friend and roommate of 2 years, has recently gone to Buenos Aires to find herself.
Ben [Alex Karpovsky], Mallory's emotionally minimalist boyfriend, is bailing on the NYC summer to spend time with Mallory in Austin while he finishes writing his latest play.
When Elise returns early with her hot new Argentinian boyfriend Lionel [Agustin Silva] in tow on the same day Ben arrives, these four romantically unstable people end up stuck under one roof trying to figure out what to hold onto and what to let go of.
WRITER/MALLORY MALLORY CULBERT
Writer-actress Mallory Culbert grew up in Texas and attended the University of Texas in Austin where she graduated with a degree from the Plan II Honors Program and wrote her first feature screenplay for her senior thesis. She then lived in Los Angeles where she studied comedy improv at The Groundlings. Mallory was mentored in drama by Bill Esper in New York and has worked with such notable directors as Peter Berg , Quentin Tarantino, Monte Hellman , and opposite Academy Award winner Anna Paquin in James Cox's STRAIGHT A’S. Most recently, Mallory starred in SXSW 2014 hit ARLO & JULIE.
BEN ALEX KARPOVSKY
Alex acts and makes movies. His award-winning debut feature, THE HOLE STORY, earned him a slot in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 new faces of independent film. His four subsequent films WOODPECKER; TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, RUBBERNECK, and RED FLAG have premiered at SXSW, Tribeca, and LA Film Fest, respectively. As an actor, Alex has had leading roles in feature films that have premiered at Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, Los Angeles, and SXSW film festivals. Alex plays the role of Marty Green in the upcoming Coen Brothers' film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and is a one of the leading men on the HBO Golden Globe-winning comedy series GIRLS.
LIONEL AGUSTIN SILVA
Chilean-born Agustin Silva had breakout performances in the 2013 Sundance-selected CRYSTAL FAIRY and MAGIC, MAGIC alongside Michael Cera, Juno Temple, and Gaby Hoffman. He has recently completed filming on the upcoming off-beat comedy feature NASTY BABY alongside Kristen Wiig.
WRITER/DIRECTOR CARLYN HUDSON
Carlyn came to directing by way of acting at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, and finished her undergraduate film degree at UT Austin. Since then she's directed short films that have premiered at SXSW, Austin Film Fest. LA Comedy Shorts, and more. She was a segment director of the feature SLACKER: 20 YEARS LATER, co- produced Andrew Bujalski’s COMPUTER CHESS (Sundance2013) and field produced the Linklater-directed UP TO SPEED for Hulu. THE BIG SPOON marks her debut as a feature film director.
PRODUCER MELISSA DALLEY
Melissa is an Assistant Director, Production Manager and Producer in the Austin indie film scene. After graduating from NYU she worked as an artist before moving to Austin in 2005. She has been the 1st Assistant Director on several feature films including the Sundance 2013 selection HOUSTON. Recently Melissa produced the improv thriller LOVES HER GUN, which won the Special Jury Prize "Louis Black/Lonestar Award," at SXSW 2013.
PRODUCERS ANNE HUBBELL & AMY HOBBY
Amy and Anne founded Tangerine Entertainment in January 2013 as a groundbreaking production company and community builder for films by women directors.
Amy Hobby has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning feature film and television producer. With nine Sundance premieres to her credit, her work spans feature-length dramas starring A-list Hollywood stars including HAMLET with Ethan Hawke, THIRTEEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING with Matthew McConnaughey, and SECRETARY with Maggie Gyllenhaal. Amy personifies the “hands-on” producer, with deep experience across a wide range of budgets and in various types of producing roles, and has a well-earned reputation for producing audacious, character-driven features.
Anne has produced films, television and web content, managed and programmed film festivals and covered the industry for numerous publications. She works with hundreds of studio and independent projects as a feature film account manager for Kodak Motion Picture Film. Anne serves on the boards of the NY Production Alliance, NY Women in Film & TV and Rooftop FIlms.
Offering Women a Sweeter Deal: Wall Street Journal Article
How Two Women Aim to Get More Women Behind the Camera: Forbes Article
CO-PRODUCER BENJAMIN FUQUA
Benjamin Fuqua is a New York City based filmmaker who has worked in Production & Development at both Tribeca Productions and Scott Rudin Productions on such projects as LITTLE FOCKERS, IT'S COMPLICATED, and FANTASTIC MR. FOX. Under his production company Bluff City Productions Ben produced the award-winning feature film THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE, which had its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Festival and went on to win prizes at the Nashville Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and St. Louis Int'l Film Festival.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CAMILLE SCIOLI CHAMBERS
Camille is an Independent Producer, Unit Production Manager, and Location Scout for films and commercials.She served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA) for 5 years as fundraising and membership chair and on the Executive Board of Women in Film Dallas as the Topaz Awards Chair. In 2009, she was asked to join the Media Production Advisory Committee for Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. She is a member of the Austin Film Society where she serves on the Fundraising and Development Committee, International Documentary Association, Dallas Film Society, Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals and serves as an occasional instructor and panelist in the Texas Film Commission training workshops and was a founding Board Member of the Flatland Film Festival in Lubbock. Prior to moving back to Texas 13 years ago, Camille headed the Film/TV division of Carolina Talent, Inc. in Charlotte, NC and then was the Production Representative for Fizz City Films in Atlanta, GA representing nine commercial directors to the country.
WHAT WE'LL DO WITH THE MONEY:
We've already raised some funds from private investors, and now we are looking to raise the final $35k that will enable us to go into production this summer or fall. Your donations will be spent on renting camera and lighting equipment, feeding our cast and crew, and housing and transporting our actors.
Do you or your company want to donate something that will help with the production of THE BIG SPOON? In-kind donations could include meals for cast & crew, housing for out of town team-members, locations, vehicles, and equipment. Please be in touch with Producer Melissa Dalley to discuss!
Risks and challenges
By contributing to this kickstarter you are helping to get womens' voices heard!
Excerpt from Forbes.com article by Dana Gachman:
The numbers are disheartening. The much-discussed study “Exploring the Barriers and Opportunities for Independent Women Filmmakers” that was released at Sundance this January analyzed data from 820 films screened at the festival between 2002-2012, and even people who knew there was a lack of female film directors were shocked by the numbers. Only 4.4% of studio movies were directed by women in the past ten years. Not 44%. There’s a decimal in there.
You can get depressed and complain all over town about the numbers, or, like producers Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell, you can take action and try to change things.
“It’s about learning the importance of supporting women at the helm of films,” says Hubbell.
The women behind Tangerine saw a problem and created a company to help fix it: By getting more women behind the camera, one project at a time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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