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To make a Sci-Fi thriller that is a non-conformist, political manifesto, while guesstimating tomorrow's technology! How much more fun could a science enthusiast and dramatic filmmaker have? A $5 pledge from every single person I know could change the landscape of this project into a dream come true. Or, if you can't pledge, then you can make a huge difference just by viewing/sharing (see sites below) or by sharing this Kickstarter link on Facebook!
Strand is a Dystopian cautionary tale. The background is 2032, twenty years in the future and the singularity has come in the form of Oracles. Imagine cell-phones that appear as glowing orbs of light and follow their owners around like dogs. These devices can connect you with every other Oracle owner, elevating your consciousness to a hive-mind. Then imagine a government who gets sick of sharing power and outlaws these devices. Mankind, now biologically enmeshed with and dependent upon their Oracles, crumble into confusion and lethargy, as if unplugged. Inventor of this device, James Roy, is on the run with daughter, Rae, whose mutated powers he can't fix, as he must rediscover in himself out-of-date resourcefulness in order to survive.
Imagine a government who gets sick of sharing power? What a surprise last month when the SOPA/PIPA bills were on the table at Congress and Internet freedom was in jeopardy! This future world in Strand asks: What if our freedom of connecting were taken away?
Web Series Episodes:
You can view our first three episodes of Strand on YouTube, SciFinal- host to the most popular Sci-Fi web series to date (we were rated five stars!), Digital Chick TV, a platform of original content by and about women content makers (we got a 'Video Pick!'), and Vimeo, which we applied for their big 30G Award, so for God's sakes, view and 'like' it!. If you want to know more you can check out my Tumblr blog, Ambientintel, or get all the latest updates on our Facebook Fan Page, or even Twitter @amandacole11.
Nathan Guisinger... (plays James Roy)- man with the weight of his world's demise on his shoulders, is a founding member of Theater, Off Broadway including: Take What is Yours, butoh+tech, The Sex Diaries Project, Shakespeare.
J.B. Rote´............. (plays Dara Byrnsbain)- a brilliant, unhinged, sexy bad-guy, repertory actress at Horse Trade Theater.Maureen O'Malley.. (plays Carolyn Roy)- James's wife and Rae's eternal defender, an indie darling in films like Kulture Shock, Monongahela, The Light in the Shadows & my very own former web series, Peripheral City.
Marcy Girt............. (plays twin sisters- Martha and Agnes Dean)- James's colleague or work-wife and her lawless sister, from Comedy Central's Emmy nominated web-series, Honesty.
Anevay Darlington...(plays Rae Roy) our newbie youngster gives new dimension to Rae, tough as nails, but with Anevay's gentle nature.
Marc Hutchings......... (CGI/VFX Animator) has worked on such notorious films as Harry Potter, The King's Speech, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a couple of X-Men movies, to name a few.... he brings my future bio-tech world to life and I'm truly lucky to be working with such a talented artist.
Raphael Wintersberger(Sound Designer) co-created a world of sound that magnified our small project to make it feel huge.
Matt Bizer..................(Gaffer) has worked on the likes of True Grit, my hero! You should see what the man did with one C-stand and a roll of diffusion.
Momo Lee Aoi........... (Editor) from HBO's Instinct and Mobile, isa slicing genius.
Bama Dunne..............(Props & Sets) a wunderkind filmmaker in his own right.
Jenni Higgins.............(Make Up) nailed our HD specialty & after-life make-up.
Stan-the-Man Mankos.(Engineer/Slate) was a crucial intermediary & everything guy. He created our steadi-cam we lovingly called 'the pipe-bomb.'
Unjoo Na....................(Lawyer/Exec Producer) was my biggest cheerleader.
The rest I credit to Puerto Rico Coffee's French Mocha Java.