What happens when a newly elected President of the US takes office? Is he given an orientation, if you will? Is he possibly coerced or influenced to tone down his ambitious campaign rhetoric or vision for the country by the 'powers that be'? Is 'Hope and Change' muted somewhat by the fact that the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government don't have the mandate our founding fathers intended? These issues confront newly elected President Michael Liebman: a fictional cross between Obama, Paul Wellstone, but with a financial background more akin to Jon Corzine. He has a vision for how to re-make and fix the dysfunction inside the beltway. However, there's a consortium of powerful folks, who even helped get him elected, that have other conflicting ideas.
In the peculiar 6 week period between when he's won the election but before he takes actual office, the President elect is making a thank you speech to his donor base in LA, and raising money for the DNC of course. Under the auspices of a National security issue in Pakistan, POTUS is led to a quick briefing on the 'situation'. However, he quickly discovers the two gentlemen awaiting him, both former NSA operatives now in the private sector, representing the aforementioned 'powers that be', have slightly different ideas. Will Liebman's Presidency be hijacked before he even takes office?
These ideas are explored in a highly speculative way in this narrative short entitled, The Early Inauguration. Stylistically, just imagine what a cinematic baby between David Mamet, Oliver Stone, and Stanley Kubrick might look like? Overseen by Noam Chomsky as a technical adviser for good measure.... With some good fortune and help from YOU, this film will be ready in time for the 2016 election & ensuing media circus where we elect out next POTUS.You can read more about us on our website: http://jfafilms.com/films_shorts.html
Joseph F. Alexandre- Writer/Director
Joseph was born in Manhasset, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Marquette University, with a BA majoring in Political Science. Alexandre has directed several shorts and narrative and documentary features starting with Psychotropic Overload, a psychological thriller in the vein of Jodowrowsky or E. Elais Merhige. In Hock and Staying There is a narrative/doc hybrid about a no-budget Indie's filmmaker's vexing path to sustainability and success, but instead leads to a gradual descent into insanity. Into The Chasm which comes under the guise of a thriller, but is really a meditative piece on the nature of gun violence in the U.S. and offers in it's subtext a few possible reasons why. And, the truncated short version of Into the Chasm entitled Shadow Play, which stars noted stage actor and screenwriter John Crowther (co-wrote Charles Bronson film The Evil That Men Do) and son of legendary New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther. In Hock and Staying There got indie gurus' John & Janet Pierson’s attention (Janet is currently chief executive of the SxSW Film Fest) and prompted the Piersons to commission, The Real Casino, for their show Split Screen for IFC/ Bravo, where The Blair Witch Project and American Movie originated.
The full- length version Back Home Years Ago: The Real Casino aired on Image Union, WTTW Channel 11, the Chicago PBS affiliate. It has screened in some 25 festivals worldwide and is included on the TF 1 Collector’s Edition 3 disc DVD of Casino in France and all French speaking territories. It was released in the U.S. on DVD with several versions, deleted scenes, and extra interview footage and is available at amazon, netflix, and Blockbuster.com. The film has appeared on IFC, Bravo, PBS, Time-Warner cable, Moviola cable in Canada, as well as being licensed by French media giant TF 1, Delta Airlines, and Air Canada. The Real Casino is an impressionistic, de- glamorization of the Hollywood mob film, removing a bit of the sheen B-independent.com said, "it's scarier than anything in Casino or GoodFellas....", efilmcritic described it as, "a primer for Indie filmmakers..."
Alexandre is developing the aforementioned short film into a feature called WiseAcre with the attachment of Jonas Ball (The Killing of John Lennon, The Blind, and The Objective), and has written several other narrative scripts, some at studio level. In addition to his Independent film work, he has worked on larger budgeted films like the BMW Film series, The Hire, specifically, Ticker, which was directed by Joe Carnahan and starred Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, and Clive Owen. Continuing his collaboration with Carnahan, Alexandre was commissioned by Film Engine and New Line Cinema to write a script for Joe Carnahan to direct.
Most recently, Alexandre wrote and directed the award winning documentary, Warriors of the Discotheque: The Starck Club Documentary, that premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas as well as Holly Shorts, New Filmmakers- Anthology Film Archives, Moors Bar screening series in London, UK and Queer Fruits Film Festival in Australia. The film is about the notorious Starck Club (so called because it was the first major project designed by Philippe Starck in North America, it put him on the map in the US.) The Starck Club opened in Dallas in 1984 and not long after hosted the 1984 national Republican Convention in the form of a “Starcktari” party complete with baby elephant. Ironically, it was actually legal to buy MDMA, aka ecstasy there, people would put it on their credit cards. The DEA stepped in and made it a category 1 drug on July 1, 1985... The Club would become ground zero for the entire rave/ecstasy scene. In addition, the club had a significant hand in introducing LGBT culture to the heart of Texas. The doc is being developed into a narrative episodic for cable, with a complete pilot and series bible. He's a member of the WGAw and his work can be seen his website www.jfafilms.com and Fandor: http://fan.do/r/2dp
Jonas Ball- Actor
Is a graduate of UCLA and started acting with the Shakespeare Theater Group at UCLA, went on to do plays, sketch comedy around LA, and trained at the John Kirby Studio. His breakthrough was in Andrew Piddington's intense portrait of Mark David Chapman in The Killing of John Lennon in which played the lead role to rave reviews: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117931365?categoryId=31&cs=1
He followed that up, appropriately enough as a CIA operative investigating strange phenomena in Afghanistan in Daniel Myrick's (TBWP) The Objective. He was also the lead in acclaimed filmmaker Nathan Silver's debut feature The Blind. In The Early Inauguration he plays a former CIA/NSA operative now in the private sector, who's tasked along w/ his associate and mentor of sorts, Joseph Tucciarone, to have a little chat w/ The President before he takes office. His website www.jonasball.com
MIchael Albala- Actor Michael Albala, who will play the newly elected President of the US Michael Liebman, was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Mar Vista. He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Artrs. He performed throughout Europe with the movement theater company Phffft! Off-Broadway credits include Sam Shepard's ANGEL CITY and SEDUCED at St. Marks Theater. LA Theater includes the critically praised CLOUD DANCING at Moving Arts and OUR OWN DEAR ANTON at The Raven Playhouse. A longtime member of Actor's Art Theater, Michael has performed in numerous productions there including BROTHERS NOT KEEPERS, PROBLEM CHILD, and as Mick Jagger in UNDER MY THUMB. Film/TV credits include HORRIBLE BOSSES opposite Jennifer Anniston, and THE MUPPETS opposite Kermit, Fozzy and the gang. Other Film/TV credits include THE LODGER, DARK HOUSE, CONTACT, REVENGE, GREY'S ANATOMY, 90210, ER, WITHOUT A TRACE, LAS VEGAS, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, ALLY McBEAL, TREMORS, THE SERIES, and recurring roles on both THE GILMORE GIRLS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Favorite roles: Husband to actress Susan Ziegler and father to Oona.
Christina Carrea- Director of Photography
Born in the UK, Chris was raised near the Mohawk Reservation of Akwesasne, and in Colorado. Chris studied fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed her BFA at Otis/Parsons College of Art and Design. Chris went on to receive her MFA in Cinematography and Directing at UCLA's School of Film and Television. A former Student Academy Award Finalist, her work as a cinematographer, filmmaker, and artist has been shown internationally at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival in France, BizArt Center in Shanghai, and at the Tom Foundation in Amsterdam. Her work has also been screened at several film festivals and networks including HBO, Time Warner Cable, Slamdance Film Festival, Focus Forward, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Film Forum. Chris is a Fellow of Film Independent Project Involve.
*As a citizen of multiple countries Chris is privileged to work within the European Union, Canada, and the United States.
Scott Simerly Jr- Editor
Raised in a creative household, Scottie started exploring his artistic side at an early age. At North Carolina State University, he became more serious about his film career and after graduating, made the move to Los Angeles.
This path has led him to work with numerous companies including Nike, Toyota, American Idol, Levi’s, Old Navy, GAP, Giro, Easton, Queen Mary, American Eagle, LEGO, Self, and Tiger Beat. He has worked on films that have appeared in Sundance, Cannes, Ghana Movie Awards, International Film Festival Manhattan, and USA Film Festival.
Scottie’s passion is in storytelling, whether it be for a documentary, wedding video, music video, or corporate promo.
His contact info: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
What the funds will be used for...
This is really a turn key operation... The rehearsal process has been honed for months and now it's a matter of funding to make this a reality. We're asking for a modest amount to augment our limited budget. If we're successful in raising these funds it will go a long way to guarantee a quality short film.
Of course, every dollar we can muster over our goal will help us to step up the production value of our ambitious short by allowing us to expand our crew, sculpt the light and hone the visual style of the film, color grade the film, lengthen our editing process, add stock footage and stills beyond just fair use, implement SFX (special visual effects) and transitions, allow for more ability to expand the sound design, dialogue editing, sound effects, and original music, and of course create a DCP for potential festival screenings. Every goes dollar you donate goes directly on the screen. We've already spent countless hours rehearsing and honing the material to a razor sharp level. (Some 6 months now.) Now, we need to translate all that hard work to pay off cinematicaly. Your generous contributions can go a very long way to help make this a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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