"Montauk" explores the difficult and painful process of grief, following an older widow on a rather bizarre journey from Switzerland all the way to Montauk, the place where she met her husband 40 years prior. In denial about having lost the love of her life, she has a chance encounter with an older Latino day laborer and realizes that she is not alone in her pain.
MEET THE CAST
I wrote this film with Linda Geiser in mind. Linda is a veteran actress who has worked extensively in Switzerland and the USA for over 50 years. She is best known for her role in the Swiss TV series Lüthi und Blanc as Johanna Blanc.
Paul Calderon is one of these amazing, beautiful and rough American actors. He's appeared in countless movies and TV shows such as Pulp Fiction, The Bad Lieutenant, Girlfight, Q and A, just to name a few.
WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL
With a generous grant from the Swiss Federal Department of Cultural Affairs and the Film Fund of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland and a co-production agreement with Swiss National Television (SF DRS) in place, we have a good portion of the budget already spoken for. However we need proof that we were able to raise the entire budget in order to release these government grants. What's missing is a gap of $7,500.00. If we don't meet our goal with this Kickstarter Campaign, we will also lose our grants and subsequently will be unable to make this film.
Your generous support will cover the pivotal aspects of making the movie such as equipment rental, location fees, food and amenities, props, air fare (we're shooting on two continents with three days in Montauk, NY and one day in Switzerland) and basic post production needs such as editing, color correction and an audio mix.
MEET THE TEAM
Ivan Madeo and Urs Frey of Contrast Film, Switzerland are producing "Montauk". Contrast Film is a successful production company based in Switzerland focusing on developing and producing features films, documentaries and TV shows.
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Vinz Feller is an accomplished director, having won many awards for his work including mentions from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (NBR), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Swiss Department of Cultural Affairs. His films have been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.
Petra Hoebel is our co-producer. Petra has been a producer, line producer and production manager for over a decade on movies such as Cadillac Records, When Will I Be Loved and Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls just to mention a few.
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Martin Ahlgren, our Director of Photography is a wizard of beautiful imagery. A renowned commercial cinematographer he has also ventured into feature films and Television episodic.
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Filip Zumbrunn is our Director of Photography for the Switzerland part of the shoot. Filip is one of Switzerland's most prominent and busy cinematographers.
Some of his work and additional info can be found here:
Aaron Yanes, our editor is one of the most sought after young editors in New York. He continues to collaborate with such veteran filmmakers like Barry Levinson and James Toback.
Meet Simu Ho, our composer, and a musical tour de force. Ho has composed hundreds of pieces of music for theater, dance and film. Check out some samples of his music below:
CHECK OUT OUR LAST MOVIE
The same team bringing you "Montauk", was also responsible for a successful short film entitled "Down This Road" which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
That film subsequently had a very successful festival run with over 65 screening worldwide. Awards include a Stellar Award for Best Fiction at the Black Maria Film Festival and a Special Jury Price at the Honolulu Film Festival.
Check out a trailer for "Down This Road"
Risks and challenges
Making a movie is never an easy task and there are constantly obstacles and challenges to overcome. As a director my biggest fear is always not getting that perfect performance, or not being able to get that "money shot" that has been in your head for months. And frankly sometimes you just don't.
The characters in this story are incredibly complicated with rich and complex backstories and it won't be easy to tell this story in such a short amount of time. It's also challenging to make a drama without being sappy or without making it too melodramatic. To me it's an exhausting balancing act figuring out how to translate this story from your head onto a page and ultimately transform it into a movie that resonates with an audience as much as it does with yourself.
One way to reduce some of these risks is working with an experienced team. That way you learn to listen, adapt and move forward always trying to keep the big picture in mind. And most important it keeps you humble. In the end you sometimes find different solutions to make something work, maybe even without relying on "that money shot" that was in your head for months.
And as much as making a movie is a collaborative effort, I always depend on a strong community for back up which comes in many forms and gifts such as money, favors, feedback and gratitude.
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