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Suffering follows twenty-something Nan on her personal quest to become a suffering artist after she receives some debatable advice.
Suffering follows twenty-something Nan on her personal quest to become a suffering artist after she receives some debatable advice.
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Catch the latest video introduction to our film, and enjoy the brief journey into protagonist Nan's POV!

A select number of MFA Candidates from USC's School of Cinematic Arts get the chance to direct a thesis film. This one is from writer/director Kyle Frederick.

'Suffering' is a story of artistic aspirations, confused identities, and some questionable decision-making:

When naive and play-it-safe NAN (25) meets her artistic idol, the morbidly rebellious JULIETTE (30s), she starts off on a personal journey to to become a suffering artist. What ensues is a series of humorous situations that force Nan to confront lingering questions about her own personal relationships and her role in the world at large.

What makes this story worth your time and money?

Write what you know. 'Suffering' is not depressing or agenda-pushing, but a unique exploration of an individual's journey towards self-expression. It's a story that everyone can identify with, and raises some thought-provoking questions.

We have big plans for our production, including shooting on a tricked out digital camera, miniDV, and film.  Our locations include a sweet LA loft space, and a mysterious downtown art gallery that we're partially constructing. All-told it's going to be a visual feast with entertaining characters.

To read more about the project, visit our website!

Every Little Bit Counts.

Filmmaking is an exciting collaborative endeavor, but one that takes a significant investment of time and money. We're pumped to shoot our film this August in the City of Angels, and need your help to make it happen!

The many needs of a film production include such things as:

  • Food for our Hardworking Crew
  • Locations Fees & Permits
  • Camera & Lighting Equipment
  • Set Construction & Design
  • Makeup Kit Fees
  • Costumes
  • Film Processing
  • Editorial Equipment

And More!

Every donation will go towards the completion of the film. Your investment helps to ensure that we can run a safe and professional set, and produce a film that lives up to our creative vision.

We're excited to bring our friends in on the making of this project and we hope that you'll be a part of this journey with us!  You couldn't invest in a more talented or enthusiastic group of filmmakers, who share a wealth and variety of experience both inside and outside of the film industry.  We've put a lot of time into coming up with rewards that are representative of our own tastes and will give you a lasting piece of the production.

If we don't raise our entire goal, we don't get any of the funds. So please, tell your friends! Re-post our link! And please consider giving us some spare change, or more if you think you can swing it.

Here's a little more about the team of professionals that you're helping out...

Kyle Frederick - Director

Kyle is finishing her MFA in Film Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts where she has concentrated on writing and directing.  Equipped with an undergrad degree in Art History from Williams College, a minor foray into the modern dance world, and several years of people watching in both art museums and galleries, Kyle is excited to bring her love of rich visuals to this project.  For more about the director of 'Suffering' visit her website at kylefrederick.org

Emily Peters - Producer

Emily Elizabeth Peters is a native of Southern California but braved the New England winters when she attended Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she pursued many different activities from varsity volleyball to theater to working in the photography darkroom. Graduating in June of 2009 with a double major in Cinema and Media Studies and Art History, Emily decided to attend USC film school to develop her passion for filmmaking. At USC Emily has developed her skills as a production designer, editor, producer, and director. Emily is thrilled to be producing "Suffering" as she believes in the script and Kyle's unique cinematic voice.

Christopher Kurose - Cinematographer

Chris hails from Northampton, MA and discovered his passion for filmmaking in his undergrad years at Bowdoin College. Upon graduating, Chris worked in the Boston film industry, cultivating a growing interest in cinematography until he decided to take the leap and come out to Los Angeles to study it. Chris is currently pursuing an MFA in cinematography at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he has been shooting a wide variety of projects ranging from narrative fiction to music videos, animation, and commercials. Chris ultimately aspires to make a career shooting and lighting alongside other inspirational, creative, and collaborative filmmakers.

Jesse Robinson - Editor

Jesse Robinson graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production in 2012, where he concentrated on writing and editing. He is originally from Alexandria, Virginia. His favorite Elvis Costello album is 'Get Happy!!'

...we're an eclectic bunch, but we're stoked to collaborate on 'Suffering.'

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"To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." - Georgia O'Keeffe

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