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LIVING THE DREAM is a dark comedy about a Russian gangster, PETER FILIPOV, who tries to work his way into a larger crime organization. Read more

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LIVING THE DREAM is a dark comedy about a Russian gangster, PETER FILIPOV, who tries to work his way into a larger crime organization.

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PROJECT UPDATE #2 - BLOOD FX TEST

And this is why we test before we shoot...

PROJECT UPDATE 
(New Video with Director Gerry Kim)

CARE TO HEAR THE TRAILER IN RUSSIAN?  Here's the alternate version

Directed by: Gerry Kim
Produced by: Michael De Caro
Written by: Gerry Kim & Adam Paschal
Co-Produced by: Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Director of Photography: Saro Varjabedian
Casting Director: Kate Murray

SYNOPSIS
LIVING THE DREAM is a dark comedy about a Russian gangster, PETER FILIPOV, who tries to work his way into a larger crime organization.  But his means of entry isn't the smartest when he tries to meet with the head of the syndicate, GEORGE MURIN, by using his daughter, VIOLETTA.  In the end, Peter pays for his stupidity.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
As my final project at Columbia University, I wanted to make a film that was a representative of the work that I've done over the past 3+ years as a graduate student.  Many of the films that I've written and/or directed have dealt with immigrant characters who, in some way, have struggled to achieve the American Dream.  On the surface, LIVING THE DREAM is a gangster film, but I consider this story to be more of an immigrant morality tale.  The tone and style of the film is inspired by directors such as Bong Joon Ho (MEMORIES OF MURDER, MOTHER, THE HOST) and the Coen Brothers (RAISING ARIZONA, FARGO), where strongly unique characters inform a wildly eccentric form of storytelling. 

As an added challenge (completely self-imposed!), most of the dialogue will be in Russian, with some scenes in Mandarin and Spanish.  For me, it's very important that I create a film where a sense of the Old World is preserved, and how the tenets of a new culture infect the rules and traditions of the older generations.  I've already written and directed projects where the majority of the dialogue was in a language that I did not speak: TAKE OUT, FAIR LAWN, and DOMESTIC.  These films have shown at many festivals, including Seattle International Film Festival, Asian American Film Festival in New York City, and the Chicago Children's International Film Festival.  

To preserve the authenticity of the dialogue and characters, I have been working closely with three different Russian consultants, where two of those three will be on set during the production.

THE PRODUCTION 
Nearly all the locations and cast have been set, and we will be filming October 4th through October 10th in the New York City/New Jersey area. We've assembled an incredibly talented crew, many of whom I've worked with on previous projects.  Post production will begin almost immediately after the film has wrapped, and we plan a release at the 2012 Columbia University Film Festival, where the film will be shown at the IFC Center in New York City.  

ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT
Your funds will help towards the following:

  • Feeding the crew!
  • Obtaining certain, hard-to-get locations (e.g. Russian banquet hall)
  • Transportation
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Special Effects (someone's face gets blown off!)
  • Post-production (post-audio and color correct)

I am trying to keep the budget as modest as possible (around $13,500...I am putting in $5,000 of my own money), so your support will go a very long way in making this film happen!!!

FINAL THANKS AND LINKS 
Big thank you to Peter Oumanski and Moti Margolin for helping me put together the trailer.  Peter is an incredibly talented illustrator, whose work has appeared in NEWSWEEK, FIELD AND STREAM, CONDE NASTE TRAVELER, MAXIM, among many many others.  More of his work can be found by clicking this link.

In addition to this trailer, Moti has been seen and heard on television programs and video games such as DELOCATED (Adult Swim), HBO Sports and Grand Theft Auto. Moti will be playing the role of Misha, and more of his work can be found by clicking here

Finally, most of my work has been as a producer.  One of my films was another successfully funded Kickstarter project, THE HOUSE OF SUH, which went on to win several awards on the film festival circuit and broadcast on MSNBC this past summer. You can check out that film here.

Thank you for your support!  This project would not be possible without your kindness...

Gerry Kim,
Director/Writer

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