My name's Christopher Good. I recently wrote and directed a short film called Brad Cuts Loose (watchable below!). It premiered at this year's Slamdance Film Festival and later was premiered online as part of Vimeo's Staff Pick Premiere series. A lot of people seem to like Brad Cuts Loose, and we had a blast making it, so we want to keep this train a-movin' and make another short film with a lot of the same crew and cast involved, in addition to getting some wonderful new friends in on the action. But to make it happen we need YOUR help!
The short film we want to make is called Crude Oil. At its heart, Crude Oil is about a young woman growing out of, and breaking free from, an overbearing friendship and learning to recognize and assert her own talents and feelings and desires. It's about pulling away from someone you might be too close with and discovering how much of you gets left behind as a result.
The film's going to be full of very real and raw human emotion, and that'll be combined with a filmmaking style that's surreal and stylistically bold. In other words, sort of mashing up the ways in which intense and deep-seated feelings manifest themselves in our unconscious life (i.e., through dreams) with the ways in which they can erupt in, and at times bulldoze, our waking life.
Crude Oil will star Andreina Byrne (who's also producing), Tipper Newton (The Mindy Project, Brad Cuts Loose), and Josh Fadem (Twin Peaks: The Return, Better Call Saul). Behind the camera, Brad Cuts Loose cinematographer Jeremy Osbern and sound mixer Danny Bowersox are returning, and we're joined this time by editor David Heinz and production designer Sinjun Strom.
I think Crude Oil will be funny, moving, surprising, and really entertaining. It's gonna be passionate, aggressive, innovative filmmaking, and with your help we can make it come to life!
Where the funds will be going:
Your pledges will be used to transport actors and crew, to pay for all production design, costuming, and prop costs, and to rent and/or acquire the equipment we need to execute this vision to its fullest extent. As mentioned above, Crude Oil will be a stylistically audacious production- for instance, one scene will be shot on film, and another will require the building of a custom set- and so we'll need all the financial support we can get in order to make it all it can be.
Please take a look through the lovely rewards offered on the right in exchange for your generous pledge, and thank you, thank you, thank you for reading this and considering helping to bring a new piece of personal, idiosyncratic cinema into the world.
Cast and Crew
Actor and musician Tipper Newton currently appears on Hulu's The Mindy Project and TBS's The Guest Book. She's also appeared on the shows Love and Adventure Time and in Patrick Horvath's segment of the anthology film Southbound, The Oregonian by Calvin Lee Reeder, and Hannah Takes the Stairs by Joe Swanberg. Tipper also starred in Christopher Good's 2017 short film Brad Cuts Loose as Janine, and her power-pop trio Color TV is currently playing shows throughout Los Angeles.
Josh recently appeared in a recurring role on David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return and can also be seen on AMC's Better Call Saul. He's a regular in the LA comedy scene, has written for Adult Swim, and is a frequent contributor to Funny or Die. He's also appeared on NBC's 30 Rock as Liz Lemon's agent, Simon Barrons, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Adult Swim's Eagleheart with Chris Elliott.
Christopher Good recently wrote and directed the short film "Brad Cuts Loose" which had its festival premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival and online premiere via Vimeo's Staff Pick Premiere series.
He's also directed music videos for artists such as Kevin Morby, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River, Joyce Manor, Citizen, Strand of Oaks, Margaret Glaspy, and many more.
Andreina Byrne, producer & actor
Andreina Byrne is a writer and producer. Andreina has produced various radio and commercial projects as well as music videos for Jens Lekkman, Blind Pilot, Okkervil River and Kevin Morby. Andreina also produced Christopher Good's 2016 Short Brad Cuts Loose.
Jeremy Osbern is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer who shot the Kansas City-location photography for the Bruce Willis-starring film RED and photographed the film The Only Good Indian (with Matt Jacobson) which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Jeremy also shot Christopher Good's 2016 Short Brad Cuts Loose.
Sinjun is a New York City-based photographer and stylist who's also produced music videos for Okkervil River, Nick Hakim, and Margaret Glaspy.
David Heinz, editor
For the last decade, David Heinz has been working in cutting rooms on independent and studio pictures alike. He recently edited Adult World with John Cusack which was released theatrically by IFC. In 2011 he served as the additional editor of This Means War for FOX as well as several other recent independent features. David recently contributed as the visual effects editor to The Jungle Book, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Live Free Or Die Hard, to name a few.
Danny Bowersox, sound mixer
Danny Bowersox is a freelance sound mixer and musician. He recently completed production on A&E's series Undercover High and he also recorded sound for, and mixed, Brad Cuts Loose.
Risks and challenges
The actors and crew of "Crude Oil" have been involved with many film projects, a lot of them together! Independent film production presents many unique challenges, and unforeseen obstacles and delays are to be expected. The core group involved with "Crude Oil", however, has the experience to anticipate many of these issues and the know-how to deal with them as they occur. We always complete our films!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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