An art film about 3 aging women following their dreams, classically shot in 35mm cinemascope, with photos, animation & text.
Vacancy The Movie
This is a story of three women - each going through a transitional period, brought on by the realities that accompany growing older. Their transitions have been prompted by their own unique life situations, individual demons, and how each woman chooses to either pursue or give up on the dreams of her youth.
What adds to the beauty and uniqueness of the film is that it is being shot, in its entirety, in the classical style of cinematography. The film being used is 35mm CinemaScope, super 8, and 16mm film. Additionally, Vacancy will incorporate drawings and animation in the final edit.
So here we are. Seventy percent of the filming has been done. We have spent two years of hard work and dedication making this film. Now, we are looking for some help to get to the home stretch.
Our goal is to complete all filming by summer’s end. The editing is slated to begin in the fall of 2012. We need money to fund production costs, including nominally paying the cast and crew, buying film, and then processing and printing that film.
The team includes myself, Karen St. John-Vincent, writer and director. My friend and colleague, Robert Banks, is the renowned cinematographer and director of photography. Also, collaborator, Bernadette Gillota is our Producer.
We have a great team, but we need help from you, our supporters who believe in and endorse independent film projects. Any pledge amount that you can give is greatly appreciated and will be used with reverence to back the integrity of the “Vacancy” film project. Even your positive energy will be beneficial! Still, we need the dollars to make the magic happen, and we warmly thank you in advance for your support.
ONE FINAL NOTE
Kickstarter is a marvelous funding vehicle for creative projects. The exciting part is that you have this unique opportunity to become part of a very cool project, be an insider taking part in making it happen. But this is all-or-nothing funding. We can exceed our goal but if we don't meet it in the time allotted, well, it's back to the drawing board.
PHOTOS FROM THE SET OF "VACANCY"
Dottie Mae - Lead Character
Dottie Mae's Diary
I sometimes wonder why I keep this journal. For me, it's good to have a place to vent and write things down with emotion even though, later on, I often can't read the frantic scrawl! But, really, when I am dead and long gone, who will read this and who will care? Probably not a living soul?
I hate these black days. They begin the moment I open my eyes and there is no escaping or changing them for at least 24 hours. I know it sounds crazy so that's why I write it down instead of telling anyone, cept maybe Ruby. I alluded to them, it, the other day at work. Stupid, right? Sid overheard. I swear that bi-atch has an opinion about every damn thing! Always got to be in on everything! Bad enough that she runs you over to grab every good customer before they even make it thru the door! Whatever. I have my regulars and they are pretty loyal. That's important. Loyalty. Hard to find. People can be so fickle. The dancers where money is concerned. The men when a new girl comes on the floor. Hotter, younger. I see it. I get it. Guess I am getting old. Trying to incorporate my standards in a world that is all about T & A and money.
Ruby - Supporting Character
A painted sky of purple hung heavy above Harmony Ranch. Ruby cut through the main house to the aisle-way of the front barn. Jane Cash was sitting on a bale of hay, hand-feeding grapes to the thin button-buck. Ruby didn't need to look at her to see the tears about to spill over as they had been for days. Ruby spoke softly to the deer in that musical way people speak to beloved pets.And the deer paused in his feeding to nuzzle her outstretched hand. Domesticated. That's what he had become since Jane had taken the orphan in a year to the day. Threatened. That's the feeling the game warden had left Jane with after discovering that she'd illegally harbored the motherless fawn. Now, it could be a week, or a month before the schedule would allow the warden to return for the head of the young deer. It was Jane's job to get the vet out to administer the final shot that day. It was Ruby's decision to be there through it all.
Trixie - Supporting Character
Trixie held her emotions in two clenched fists, squeezing and releasing, a stretching of fingers, then the tight closing of white-knuckled, coppery hands. And all of this taking place in silence behind a softly closed door pushing tears back into ducts until the feeling passed. And just before opening the door, hand on the bronze knob, she glanced in the mirror, a quick rehearsal of white-teethed smile. Her guilt filled her throat and she swallowed hard, once, twice. The voice a broken record, skipping over the same tired litany in her mind. "You are so lucky! Richard would do anything for you. You don't have to work. You live in a paradise. How dare you be so ungrateful!"
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