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A short film about a stubborn curmudgeon who suddenly has to face the reality of his life when his son passes away.
A short film about a stubborn curmudgeon who suddenly has to face the reality of his life when his son passes away.
118 backers pledged $15,030 to help bring this project to life.

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 For information about the film, visit www.LOVEDUVALL.com!

 For more earnest ramblings, check out my Director's Statement here.

For more on the story, check out an excerpt from the script here and visual references here!

With numerous projects asking for funding, why choose this one? We would not waste your time or money if the story was not worth bringing to the screen. Our writer/director's meticulously thought out vision for this film and our team's passion will allow this film to stand out among others. We want you to accompany us as we bring these intriguing characters to life. Your contributions allow you to gain access to this expedition to create the striking film.  

Also, this is not our first rodeo, so you can donate with confidence knowing the film will be completed. Our talented production team has the necessary skills and experience to bring this impactful short film to the big screen. The producers have carefully budgeted the project to accordingly produce the highest quality film.

Here is a breakdown of where the money is being allocated:

The minimum we need to complete this project is $15,000, yet our reach goal is  $18,000. We will do everything in our power to make you proud to be part of this project. So join us on our journey to explore all that is Duvall et al.

Youthana Yuos, writer & director

Youthana is a writer and director from Harrisburg, PA. He graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in Information Sciences and Technology before earning his Masters in 2011 for Information Systems. Now having switched gears from IT to film, he is currently studying cinematic arts at the University of Southern California where he was recently awarded the Jack Nicholson Scholarship for Directing in 2016.

Robert Cammisa, producer

Robert Cammisa is a producer born and raised in Connecticut. He attended the Film program at Fairfield University where he produced six films throughout the course of his four years of study. Robert has had the opportunity to not only produce narratives but also documentaries in Thailand, Haiti, Australia and Nicaragua. Since graduating, his productions include a feature film, a half a dozen web series, and a wide range of commercials. A constant yearning to learn about other cultures and better understand humanity keeps him in pursuit of filmmaking and creating moments on screen that others can relate to and learn from.

Jake Katofsky, producer 

Jake started working in film as an editor nine years ago with Psycho Rock Productions, a small production company based out of the San Fernando Valley. Since that time he has worked in almost every role on a production across dozens of projects ranging from commercials to full features. Jake worked as an assistant on 2014 LA Film Festival Best Picture Winner CUT!, and the following year co-wrote and produced a romantic comedy entitled 108 Stitches that had a limited theatrical run in 2014 and has received international distribution On Demand since. More recently, Jake was an associate producer on Live Cargo which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and later screened at the Warsaw Film Festival. Over the years, he has had the great fortune to work on these professional sets with talent ranging from beginners to Academy Award and Emmy nominated, and see projects through from pre-production to release on a global scale.

 Neil Cerullo, producer

Neil was a Navy SEAL candidate in Connecticut, under the advisement of SEAL Captain Andrew Bissett. He was unable to pursue this career after a car accident, and instead began teaching at a private academy in Easton, Connecticut. He is extremely proud to call SCA his new home. Although born in New York City and raised mostly in Connecticut and San Diego, Neil has lived in Taiwan, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, The Philippines, and India. He realized his passion for motion picture storytelling early on – shooting digital and film photography in about 40 countries as a teenager, with an obsession for capturing fleeting moments in different cultures that draw on the human condition – conveying emotions and meaning that transcend race and culture.

Nicholas Bupp, director of photography

Nick has been working professionally in the film industry for the past five years. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree in film from Syracuse University, he worked in Philadelphia as a set electrician for a year on various independent feature films. Moving to Los Angeles over four years ago, he began to establish himself as a chief lighting technician on various commercials, music videos, and feature films. Holding a strong passion for the visual and narrative storytelling form, he recently completed his MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

Brett Holman, editor

Brett hails from Vermont and has been interested in movies from an early age. After receiving an undergraduate degree cinema studies, he worked in the world of independent film distribution before starting at USC. He is pursuing an editorial emphasis and expects to graduate in December of 2017.

David Boman, composer

David Boman is a film composer from Seattle, WA. He attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate, majoring in anthropology and minoring in music. After graduating he shifted gears fully toward music for film; earning a certificate in audio engineering from the University of Washington, and subsequently moving to Los Angeles to attend the UCLA extension film scoring program. David studied at UCLA until beginning a job in the field of film scoring and pop music production. In addition to his role as composer for commercials, short films and feature films; his experiences include acting as audio engineer and musician for films and series' featured at Sundance Film Festival, as well as on HBO, Amazon and Netflix.

 

Risks and challenges

As with any production, there are numerous obstacles that may potentially arise at any given moment. However, the team of "Duvall et al." strongly believe in this story, the message it conveys and the importance in telling it.

Among our many challenges are finding practical locations and production design. In telling this personal story, our team’s main priority is in portraying the sensitive issues of mental health and suicide in an honest and respectful way. Therefore, we are determined to rise above any production challenges with the help of all our supporters. As our entire cast and crew gear up to produce this film, we are confident and excited to share the authentic and sincere "Duvall et al." with you.

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