The world of And It Was Good is somewhere between the real and hyperreal. The characters, like the world, are given room to swing between the fantastic and the naturalistic in a way that suggests that there is no line between the two. While the two leads, Sesto (Louis Cancelmi) and Lilah (Jessica Joffe) are up against common problems-trying to figure out how best to live, how to grow their family, what to do to better understand life, how to cope with death, where to put their focus- they're doing this while time moves unnaturally around them almost as if the different times in their lives were happening simultaneously. This fogs things up for them.
On their journey staving off death or rather trying to uphold life, they encounter a series of affecting individuals, whether it be their End played by Richard Millen, their Enemy played by William Apps, or the Eccentric Stranger who marries them, played by Sam Waterston. These and other characters they meet effect the way they live and see the world, often by jarring them out of anything they can recognize or comprehend.
And It Was Good is a project that has consumed my mind for quite some time now. This 30 minute piece my amazing team and I are shooting this month functions as a short film, but our plan is to incorporate it into a feature that we will shoot in two parts. First, we will complete the section of And It Was Good we are using Kickstarter to finish financing. Then we'll use it to generate more funds to complete the feature.
We are going into production immediately hence the ultra-short kickstarter campaign. We've already raised 18k, and now we're looking to put together the last 12 to make this film properly. The money we raise on Kickstarter will go into a project that is already in motion. Help us keep it rolling!
I've assembled a team comprised mainly of people I've had working relationships with dating all the way back to the first film I ever worked.
Director of Photography- Gregg de Domenico
Choreographer- Celia Rowlson-Hall
Storyboard Artist- Nathaniel Bartrum
Editor - Gerald Zecker
The crew includes number of other very talented individuals including Ellen Lutter (Wardrobe Consultant), Brian Flood (sound), and Mark Ettingoff/Rolando Alvarado (composers). Also Yellow Alex is contributing original songs (as heard in the Kickstarter video above shot by Ray Park)!
Our leads are Louis Cancelmi and Jessica Joffe. They are supported by an amazing cast which includes, Sam Waterston, Robert Clohessy, Richard Millen, Zack Wegner, James Waterston, William Apps, Robert Clohessy, Rebecca Henderson, Molly Ward, Ása Hjörleifsdóttir, Mike James, Mike Swift, and many others.
Note from Graham:
I’m lucky to have so many incredible friends contributing various talents, resources, possessions, and locations- as well as their own work- to this project. Painter James Woodruff is doing some original work, as is Elisabeth Waterston. TEN is supplying us with beautiful undergarments. Design team Aranda/Lasch is loaning a beautiful chair as a set piece, artist and designer, Martin Oppel is loaning us his Bar (Abstraction) 2011, and I’m excited to say, Lief Huckman is allowing us to shoot in his incredible Cocktail Club, Donna. I’ve received an outpouring of joyful support for this project. All of these people, and many more, stand behind me in support of it. They know without doubt nothing will stand in the way of this dream coming to fruition.
I know this is going to be a beautiful piece. Please get in bed with us on this film.
Best to you all.
And It Was Good
Risks and challenges
The most difficult thing about this project will be the tight schedule, 9 days. Luckily we have an unbelievable production team, and everyone has been doing all they can to tackle possible problems ahead of time.
We're prepared. We're ready. It's an excited group and everyone's come with their a-game since day one.
- (10 days)