About this project
It’s about a broken young man, reflecting on a time in his past when he did something horrific. Haunted by the memory of his girlfriend, we are slowly drawn back to that very night, witnessing the act itself and the events leading up to it, through the fractured, disorientating memories of our protagonist.
Why do we want to make this film? What if you met someone who took your life in a direction you never even dreamed it would go? Made you behave in ways that were, before that point, unthinkable?
There’ll be moments that shock and others that make you laugh. Ultimately, we want to take you on a journey into the tormented mind of our lead character.
Simply put – we want to tell a great story. We love films that give the audience a visceral and exhilarating experience. That is what we aim to achieve with ‘ANNA’.
Once the film is complete, we will be submitting it to festivals.
Why Kickstarter? Filmmaking is collaborative and we have a fantastic team of people involved in the process, but we need you to join us. Kickstarter allows you to become a part of the film, have a sense of ownership over the finished product and receive a great set of perks for your help!
All of your donations will be going towards everything we need to start, finish and release ‘ANNA’.
$6,752 will cover the costs of a great camera package, sound, lighting, a fantastic crew, catering, props, costume and basic post-production. All of this will allow us to create a film of that is of a very high quality level.
We can’t thank you enough. Even the smallest donation helps.
CAST & CREW
Kandis Erickson 'Anna'
Kandis grew up in the suburbs of Orange County and started acting in her late teens. Her most recent credits include recurring roles on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan. Other TV credits include, Mad Men, House, Criminal Minds and Rizzoli & Isles. Her film credits include Destin Cretton’s I AM NOT A HIPSTER (Sundance 2012) and the Nora Ephron award-winning FARAH GOES BANG (Tribeca 2013), and The Last Treasure Hunt (2015). In between acting roles, she has jumped behind the camera to produce short films. Her projects, “Redemption Song,” “Tom’s War on Terror” and “Sitting Babies,” have garnered many awards on the festival circuits. She is currently repped by Greater Vision Artists (GVA) and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Lizzie Redner 'Melanie'
Lizzie Redner was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. She attended Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights and it was there that she first developed her passion for the visual and performing arts. Tom and she became friends in 2002 while studying at The Atlantic Theater Company in NYC. Since then she has acted in many plays and short films. She also attended The William Esper Studio, where she studied under William and Suzanne Esper and Bruce McCarty. She is represented by Reign Agency. Her main focus since graduating college has been on comedy- but she is really excited for this project, and to get back to her roots in drama! Like all good Angelenos, she likes to hike and eat tacos. Fun fact: she knows how to do tricks on the flying trapeze. Hi mom!
Tom Connolly Writer, 'Richard'
Tom was born and raised in London and began acting professionally aged 13. After starring in the BBC series The Ambassador, he studied with the Atlantic Theatre Company in NY, and completed a degree in Drama at the University Of Exeter. Other TV credits include Veronica Mars, 90210, Lost and Intelligence. His film credits include Club Le Monde, Battle For Terra and Undocumented. ‘ANNA’ will be his first project as writer, producer and actor. He is represented by Armada Partners and Daniel Hoff Agency.
Julian Buchan Director
Julian is a British writer, director and photographer based in Los Angeles. His films range from intimate character portraits to documentary, all the while maintaining a strong focus on character and visual storytelling. Check out his reel at: https://vimeo.com/111171370.
Conor Fetting-Smith Producer
Conor is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles, and a recent graduate of the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. At USC he was the recipient of the Lambda Alumni Scholarship, and winner of the Subway Fresh Artist Filmmaker competition as writer and director of the web series Thoroughly Melted Minnie, which starred Lizzie Redner and premiered at South by Southwest. The documentary short Bingo Night which he directed played at festivals around the country including the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and the Maryland Film Festival. Conor began his career in film in New York City at Miramax Films and IFP. He’s a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a native of Baltimore, Maryland.
Alex Parker Director Of Photography
Alex is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Illinois, Alex received a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and then earned his MFA in Film Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Alex has shot a wide variety of projects including numerous short films, web series, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and he recently worked on his first feature, Camp-Off, as DP. Many of his projects have been shown at national and international film festivals, including the webseries Thoroughly Melted Minnie, which premiered at SXSW and short film Paulie, which won the Panavision Grand Jury Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest as well as Best Comedy at the LA Shorts Fest. He’s currently working on two new webseries, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy and Camp Abercorn. You can check out his reel at: http://alexjparker.com.
Risks and challenges
We have a very specific vision for ANNA, so the main challenge for us is in bringing that vision to the screen in the way we imagine it. Everyone involved with the project is experienced, focused and committed to the creative process. We want people to leave the film and still be thinking about it on the drive home. This is not an easy task, but we are ready to face it with great passion and professionalism.
We certainly must acknowledge than any film project faces major risks in the production stage. Locations could fall through, an actor could get sick, a crew member could drop out. However, we are confident that we have a core team that can tackle these potential challenges and adapt. We believe filmmaking is solving difficult physical and logistical problems while protecting a delicate and unique creative vision, and our team is committed to just that. We will do whatever it takes to bring ANNA to the screen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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