This is a film about otherness.
The Sounding is a feature film that, after a long wild journey and a fantastic shoot, is almost ready to be released to the public. Over the last 3 years, an inspiring team of writers, producers, directors, cast and crew have been working to bring this story to life. We're so close, with an anticipated premiere in early 2017, but there are a few things left to do: finalize music, the color and titles, the publicity and artwork, and get ready for the festival circuit and finally distribution! This Kickstarter campaign is to share with you a taste of what we have so far, what we need to get to the end, and to invite you to join us on this journey!
The Sounding is based on a woman's original idea. It is co-written by a woman. Directed by a woman. Designed by women. Produced by a team of women. Stars a woman. And tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman who dares to live her own authentic life. What better time to celebrate the unique, thrilling talent and unquenchable zest for life that lives in all of us? The Sounding is part mystery, part love story, part drama, part adventure, part tragedy and 100% human story. We are so thrilled to be able to share this original story with you, and inspire you to live your best life. With your help, we'll be able to show this film to the world, and you'll be able to score some amazing rewards! Thank you!
Raised on a remote island by her grandfather Lionel, Liv has never spoken. When Lionel discovers he's dying, he calls his former protege, Michael, to the island and asks him to protect Liv's independence. That night, as Lionel is reading to Liv, his voice fails him. Liv picks up the book of Shakespeare and begins: first reading, then weaving her own language from Shakespeare's words. Michael discovers her speaking and commits her to a psychiatric hospital. She becomes a full-blown rebel in the hospital; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life. At a time when the world is at a tipping point regarding women's voices, LIV encapsulates that zeitgeist.
Why this film.
- This is a film that is ultimately about otherness, at a time when we desperately need to connect and include the marginalized.
- It is a film about mental illness at a time when in the United States alone our dependence on anti-depressants has more than doubled in the past ten years, and 42.3 million people suffer from some form of mental illness today (that's one in five!).
- It's a film inspired by Oliver Sacks' humanity and curiosity about the mind, and Shakespeare's insights into the human condition.
- And its made by women, about a woman's journey through a male-dominated world. Which is not unlike the journey of a female director. But together we can move that needle in the right direction.
- And finally, our unyielding gratitude. "I can no other answer make but thanks and thanks and ever thanks..." - William Shakespeare
The finish line.
Every penny you generously back us with will be used for finishing the film and in preparation for the festival premiere (we are in the very final stage of post-production, having already shot and edited the film): i.e. title design, music, final mix, final color, DCP creation, poster design, printing, hiring a publicist. We've made every dollar we've spent so far stretch well beyond its means, and we promise to take care of yours especially. And if you'd like more specifics, please ask! You amazing people are bringing this project across the finish line, and we want you by our side in every way possible.
We have assembled an amazing, award-winning cast to help us bring this story to life! From familiar faces and veterans of the stage and screen, to exciting fresh faces and eager newcomers, every single member of our diverse cast brings something special to the film. We can't wait for you to see the incredible work we've captured from these fine actors! Here's a sample of the talent involved:
- Harris Yulin - Training Day, Scarface, Fur, Clear and Present Danger, Place Beyond the Pines, Ghostbusters 2, Oppenheimer Strategies
- Teddy Sears - 24:Legacy (upcoming), Masters of Sex, American Horror Story, Flash, Curve, Raising the Bar
- Frankie Faison - Luke Cage, The Wire, Banshee, The Good Wife, Adam, Silence of the Lambs trilogy
- Erin Darke - Good Girls Revolt, Love & Mercy, Kill Your Darlings, Still Alice
- Deborah Rayne - The Book of Henry (with Naomi Watts, upcoming), The Affair, Blindspot, Nurse Jackie, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, All My Children
- Danny Burstein - currently starring on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Boardwalk Empire, Transamerica, The Family Fang, 5-time Tony Nominee, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards Winner)
- David Furr - TONY and drama desk nominations for Broadway's Noises Off, Odd Mom Out, Braindead, Royal Pains, Elementary
- Lucy Owen - Miss Sloan (with Jessica Chastain, upcoming), Billions, The Mend, Kelly & Cal, Elementary, The Good Wife
Our Locations.We traveled hundreds of miles to capture the perfect locations for the film! Cast and crew braved the cold as we shot on a remote island twelve miles off the coast of Maine. We basked in the splendor of a private estate on Long Island's North Shore. We told ghost stories while we shot in an abandoned psych ward on Roosevelt Island. The use of these varied and authentic locations brings a raw beauty to The Sounding that will take your breath away!
Our Rewards.Give rewards for the holidays!
- ALL backers at the $30 level or higher will be emailed a groovy "Gift Certificate" for their reward by Dec 22nd for the holidays to print out or forward on if giving their reward as a gift!
- Gift-wrapping! All reward headings marked with an asterisk (*) can be received (in whole or in part) gift-wrapped by the holidays within the United States! This includes tote bags, Liv's gowns (image below), authentic props from the film, original sonnets, certificates for Associate Producer and Executive Producer credits, and more!
The Authentic Gown, worn by Liv in the film:
The Limited Edition Filmmaker's Tote Bag Design and images coming soon!
Who we are.
CATHERINE EATON (director / writer) Catherine is an award-winning director, writer, actor and producer. Watch for her upcoming projects: the half-hour edgy comedy ON THE OUTS (recipient of the Tribeca Channel Women’s Filmmaker program award THROUGH HER LENS) and the hour-long dramatic series HUNTING GROUND (a finalist for the Sundance Episodic Labs). She shares an Emmy Award with the team behind Bloomberg Television’s investigative report, “Deadly Brew: The Human Toll of Ethanol.” As an actor, Catherine has performed on Broadway (MTC, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center), across the country and on screen (Person of Interest, All My Children, Training Day, various indie films). Catherine studied at Cornell University and the University of MN/Guthrie. She is a member of Film Fatales (a global collective of women-identifying film directors) where she is on the Leadership Team, as well as NYWIFT, SAG/AFTRA and AEA.
CAITLIN GOLD (producer) Caitlin is the Co-Founder of the independent film production company, Nine Lives Pictures, as well as the Manager of Sales and Distribution at Lionsgate after two years as the Head of Acquisitions with the distribution company, Candy Factory Films. She has produced numerous features, including the award-winning IMAGINE I'M BEAUTIFUL, 79 PARTS with Eric Roberts and Sandra Bernhard, INDIGO, starring Nicholas Brendon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, and JUVIE. On the distribution side, she worked directly alongside Candy Factory’s CEO to develop the company’s brand as well as its pioneering release strategies, and is excited to be bringing those to Lionsgate on the home entertainment front. She is also one of the founders of The 51 Fund, an equity investment fund for films written, produced and directed by women. More on her here.
JESSICA VALE (producer) Jessica is an accomplished television producer, post-supervisor and editor, working freelance for over 12 years. Originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, Jess graduated from the film program at Temple University and moved to NYC. Her long-term clients over the past dozen years include work for NBC News, CBS News, The Weinstein Co., and more. Jessica is also a member of the NYC chapter of Film Fatales. Her feature directorial debut was the documentary Small Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story about a young Liberian rape victim. The film won over 12 festival awards and Jessica received substantial media attention including appearances on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show, Huffington Post Live and WABC NY’s Weekend Morning Show. The film was recently nominated for a One World Media Award. Find her here.
DEBORAH RAYNE (associate producer) Founder of Rainy Day Productions, Deborah and her company love to champion original works. Rainy Day has developed several world premiere stage plays (Spirits of Exit Eleven, Chasing the River, Reparation) and is now committed to bringing exciting, original cinematic projects to life. Find her here.
BRYAN DELANEY (co-writer / producer) Bryan is a screenwriter and playwright. The pilot script for his original TV drama series Jordan (co-created with Daniel Dowling) was selected as a BAFTA TV Drama Forum List winner and was a finalist for the Sundance Episodic Labs. Bryan is a winner of the BBC Writersroom Competition to develop new TV scripts for the BBC. Previously, Bryan ran the New Playwrights Program at The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre. His plays have been performed across Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. Works include The Seedbed (winner Aspen Institute/Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award); The Onion Game (New York Stage and Film); The Cobbler (Katherine Cornell Award) and The Bohemians (Carnegie Hall). Bryan teaches scriptwriting at Harvard University and U.Penn. Learn more about him here.
ALIKI PARASCHIS (producer / line-producer) An award-winning producer originally from Athens, Greece, Aliki is also a line producer and founder of the production company Adiuvo Productions. Since receiving her Masters Degree in Media Studies from NYU, she has produced numerous independent films, commercials, and music videos for broadcast television around the world. Many of these films, such as The Birthday Party, The Revolution Of Silence, Violet Tendencies, Thicker Than Water and Dagger have won awards at prestigious international film festivals such as the Festival De Cannes, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece), Berlin and the Black International Film Festival, as well as receiving theatrical release. Find her here.
DAVID KRUTA (director of photography) An award-winning Director of Photography and the son of Czech political refugees, David has worked internationally shooting narrative and documentary feature films, short films, commercials, fashion and music videos. Credits include 2013 Sundance Competing feature film Concussion starring Robin Weigert (Deadwood) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy), 2014 Lower East Side Film Festival Audience Award Winner Sidewalk Traffic, starring Samm Levine (Inglorious Basterds) and Heather Matarazzo (The Devil's Advocate), and most recently was an International Cinematographer's Guild Emerging Cinematographer Award Winner two years in a row for Lullaby (2015) and Wallace (2014), starring Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead) and Paul Sparks (House of Cards). David has shot for an extensive list of clients including Porsche, Mizuno, Canon, Gillette, Starbucks, Sony, Amtrak, Bose and Saturday Night Live. Find him here.
ROCIO GIMENEZ (production designer) Born and raised in Argentina, Rocio is an Art Director and Production Designer based in NYC. With an intense passion for film and the fine arts, Rocio has worked in different mediums including paint, photography and, most recently, animation. After attending filmmaking at the National Institute of Art in Buenos Aires, she has studied cinematography and worked extensively with music videos, commercials, short and feature films. Find her here.
MARCO PEREZ (editor) Marco began his career in his native Rome and has since cut all over the world. Marco studied film at Rome's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, then began work as a commercial editor for directors Wim Wenders, Spike Lee, Joel Schumacher, and Ellen Kuras, among others. He is now a partner at the bi-coastal post-production house Union Editorial, known for its editors’ heavy involvement in feature film. In features, Marco cut X/Y (America Ferrera) nominated for a TFF Best Narrative Feature Award, and released nationally, You Can’t Win starring Michael Pitt and Jeremy Alan White (Shameless), and the documentary Uncertain which won the Maysles Documentary Award at TFF 2015. Find him here.
SIDDHARTHA KHOSLA (composer) Sidd is a film and television composer and frontman, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for critically acclaimed band Goldspot. Goldspot has released three albums and has been featured on TV shows ( most notably 'How I Met Your Mother', 'The OC', 'The Neighbors'), major brand advertising campaigns (Google, Target, Apple), and films (Basmati Blues w/ Donald Sutherland and Brie Larson, Today's Special w/ Aasif Mandvi). Sidd's songs have also appeared in trailers for How Do You Know (Reese Witherspoon), The Dilemma (Vince Vaughn), and Something Borrowed (Kate Hudson). Sidd's recent composing credits include Lionsgate drama "The Royals," (Elizabeth Hurley), the ABC show "The Neighbors" (Dan Fogelman, EP), and the new “Grandfathered” on Fox. Sidd is managed by Steve Nice (Nice Management & Consulting) and represented by WME. Find him here.
MOONDRUNK (band) Comprised of Andrew Bancroft (Vocals, Guitar, Freestyle), Ashley Pérez Flanagan (Vocals, Beatbox, Ukulele) and Yair Evnine (Cello, Production), New York band MOONDRUNK may be the only "indie folk hop" group on Earth. Their music combines intimate songwriting, theatrical performance, and freestyle rap. The group has collaborated with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Daveed Diggs, and John Medeski (Medeski, Martin, and Wood). Moondrunk has performed at Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, and other venues from NY to California. Moondrunk's debut album Lunacy dropped in August 2016, and both Evnine and Flanagan also make their Broadway debuts this year. “Seriously funny dialogue and beautiful music… smart, young, and creative.” (Stage Buddy) Find them here: www.moondrunk.com
From all of us, so much gratitude!
Risks and challenges
Every creative venture is a risky one - that's what makes them life-affirming and valuable! So we deeply appreciate your taking this leap with us. Great news! At this point, we can assure you, this film will be finished. But where it goes and what its journey is beyond that is a mystery.
What we do know for certain is that creative forces are the single strongest antidote to destructive forces, and we need them now more than ever. We're so grateful to you for adding to the power of ours, in the form of THE SOUNDING.
With buckets of gratitude,
Catherine, Deborah & the entire SOUNDING team!
- (28 days)