What’s the story?
Growing up in a household where domestic abuse is rife, Samuel, a 12 year-old Puerto Rican boy cares for his budding plant with an affection that he's not used to receiving at home. Between his efforts of restoring order in his household, he makes daily journeys to the local farmer's market and library in an attempt to broaden his knowledge of the natural world. Along the way, he encounters a local farmer and son who he believes could become catalysts in aiding his dream to explore the countryside.
What inspired Seed?
Growing up & currently living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I’ve always had a keen interest in the two worlds I witness on a daily basis: For the past 16 years I’ve lived a mile away from a 500 acre Amish Farm, and spent the other half of my time on the college campus in the city where my father works. The area surrounding the college has always maintained a stark difference in comparison to the tranquility of the suburban/rural place I called home.
During my sophomore year at college (the same college I grew up visiting), I mentored inner-city youth. Many of these kids were talented students but also victims of both physical and emotional domestic violence. Through this, I became increasingly interested in how these kids achieved so much academically with little to no support coming for their parents, friends, or legal guardians.
SEED at its heart, is an anthropological study and exploration into the diverse cultural sectors of Lancaster City and its surrounding rural areas.
What are the plans for the film?
We aim to submit the film to both domestic & international film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, San Francisco International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, and the New York International Latino Film Festival. As well as this, we aim to continue in the fight to raise the awareness of domestic violence by creating a dialogue through our film and work-shopping it in various community based events in Lancaster and other cities around the nation. In doing this, we also hope the film will begin to break down the physical barriers existing between rural & urban neighborhoods that live side by side.
Where will the funds go?
With no formal funding for this film, we have only been able to produce what we have so far based solely on handouts and favors. However, we now need to complete our production and eventual post-production. What’s left of the money after these areas have been completed will be used to enter the film into festivals.
This means your generous donations will go towards equipment rental, securing locations, transportation, permits, food for our cast & crew, a great sound mix and a fantastic edit of the film.
What you can be rest assured with is the fact that literally every single donation will go towards the completion of this film. Your generosity and willingness to help this story be told is what makes art and independent films like this continue to strive amongst the surface of a struggling economy.
We will never be able to repay you in a way that says thank you enough but we can assure you that we will create a fantastic film that you will thoroughly enjoy!
Who is involved?
Read Director David B. Godin's bio at the bottom of this page.
Jenn Nkiru, Producer.
Originally from London UK, Jenn Nkiru is currently a graduate MFA in Film student at Howard University in Washington DC. With over 6 Directing & Producing credits from other notable projects, she has a keen eye and interest in stories which showcase the influence of American & popular culture on subculture and urban life.
She is excited to be joining the team as the Producer of SEED.
Cassie Lees, Director of Photography.
Cassandra Lees is a winner of the John B. Ovrutsky '74 Media Studies Award and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a minor in Film & Media Studies. A native of Chicago, she attended Prague Film School's semester filmmaking program in the fall of 09 in the Czech Republic and thrives in the creative work of cinematography, directing, and spreading passion and inspiration. Cassandra believes filmmaking is about exploring the depths of what is possible, what is felt, and what can be created for our world.
Rafael Rosa, Composer.
He began to play the guitar at age 15, but it was not until he landed at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico, where under the tutelage of Franciso Serrano, Fernando Mattina, and Ricardo Pons among others, did he start to develop his ability as an instrumentalist and as a composer. He has led his own group along with participation with Pleneros de Severo, Menos Es Mas, 4 Corners Quartet to name a few. He is currently completing his Masters degree in New York University's Steinhardt School Of Music In Instrumental Jazz Performance, currently studying with greats such as Bruce Arnold, Kenny Werner, Jean Michel Pilc, Brad Shepik, and Dr. Dave Schroeder.
Samuel Astacio, Carol Rivera-Pagan, Victor Valentin, Tom Simpson, & Lorenzo Simpson.
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