What's it about?
MAN IN CEILING follows Ryan, a mid-20s slacker who’s desperately trying to get his act together. He persuades his sister to get him a temp job in her office doing menial data entry, and in an attempt to make a good impression, pulls an all-nighter in the office to finish a time-sensitive project.
But in the middle of the night, when everyone’s gone, he discovers a man hiding above the ceiling tiles of the office. He’s an ex-employee, the one that Ryan is essentially replacing... and stuff gets weird.
MAN IN CEILING explores the anxiety of entering the working world, the weirdness of office culture, and the dissolution of identity in corporate environments -- stuff that’s highly relatable to anyone who’s ever worked in an office. It also involves the early movies of Angelina Jolie, false etymology, and a corned beef sandwich. Because it’s a comedy.
Who's gonna act in it?
Pat Healy as Brian, The Man in the Ceiling
Pat Healy is the star of the indie breakout hits GREAT WORLD OF SOUND and COMPLIANCE, both directed by Craig Zobel, THE INNKEEPERS directed by Ti West and CHEAP THRILLS directed by E.L. Katz. He has also appeared in many films like DRAFT DAY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, MAGNOLIA, GHOST WORLD and THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD with Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. Additionally, he has appeared on nearly 40 different television series including HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, SIX FEET UNDER, GREY’S ANATOMY and EAGLEHEART.
Matt Porter as Ryan, the Temp
Matt Porter is an actor, writer, and director living in New York City. He is currently the co-star/co-director/co-writer of the Comedy Central web series New Timers, currently in production on its second digital season. In addition, Matt has written and directed content for Cracked, Funny or Die, Adult Swim, MTV Other, Sony, and others. His sketch series Good Cop Great Cop, a collaboration with painter/cartoonist Charlie Hankin, has been screened at SXSW, was an official selection at the New York Television Festival, and is a proud member of the Above Average network. His first feature from his production company Dial Tone Pictures is called 5 DOCTORS and is shooting in March 2015. It’s about 5 doctors.
Olivia Sandoval as Kate, the Office Manager
Olivia Sandoval is an actor and writer who was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from CalArts, and has appeared on television shows such as Medium on NBC and the upcoming new installment of The Odd Couple. Her plays have been produced at CalArts as well as the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. Coming up, she can be seen on stage in The Speakeasy Society’s production of Strindberg’s The Stronger, and Source Material’s acclaimed Chekhovian romp I Should Have a Party for all the Thoughts I Didn’t Say. She really loves her fiancé and her cat, and is overjoyed to be making such a wonderful film with such talented and wonderful friends!
Kira Pearson as Sara, the Sister
Kira Pearson is an actor, filmmaker, and visual artist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kira attended LA County High School for the Arts before moving to New York and majoring in Drama at NYU. She can be seen in The Spirit of Slamdance award winning short, The Greggs, which she co-directed with the film collective Off The Picture Pictures. With the same group, she co-directed and acted in The Mud which screened at festivals around the world & won Best Short on NoBudge. Currently, she can be seen in Will Welles' Salad Days, Kat Mills, Up State, and Robert Hillyer Barnett's upcoming, Tears of God. She is now in production on her first feature documentary with her co-directer and best friend, Jessie Levandov.
Nelson Cheng as Pete, the Colleague
Nelson Cheng is an actor, a documentary filmmaker, and former tech person (Google + Amazon). As an actor, you can see him in Catherine - a web series starring Jenny Slate, from the creators of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and an official selection of Sundance 2014. He can also be seen in Adult Swim’s For-Profit Online University, HBO’s The Newsroom, Funny or Die’s HUVr (15 million+ views), and in Hulu’s upcoming series Difficult People.
We'll be gradually unveiling more of the actors who'll inhabit MAN IN CEILING throughout our Kickstarter campaign!
Who's gonna make it?
Josh Fu - Writer/Director
Josh is a writer, filmmaker, and musician based in Los Angeles. He formerly worked in marketing at Oscilloscope Laboratories on films such as We Need to Talk About Kevin, Meek’s Cutoff, It's a Disaster, 12 O’Clock Boys, Teenage, Coherence, and many more. He continues to run their social media. He has a BFA in Screenwriting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has participated in NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop, is the recipient of the Venable Herndon Screenwriting Award, and is a California Arts Scholar.
Matt Shields - Producer
Matt is an LA-based independent producer and owner of Zeit Films. He is interested in supporting projects that portray subjects who exist at the borders of their inhabited social structures: Myasthenia Gravis patients, ‘Afronauts’ (the Sundance '14 short of the same name he has a producer credit on), men in ceilings - exiles in their own worlds. He’s done time at the American Cinematheque and Getty Research Institute and works as a feature and commercial location manager when he has really big bills to pay.
Lisa Bass - Producer
Lisa Bass is an artist, producer and office stooge. She works at Magnolia Pictures and has spent the last 5 years in New York City with jobs at Focus Features and FilmNation. At each of these companies she has been involved in independent film marketing, sales, distribution and script development. When not putting hours into her 9-5, she paints, dabbles in animation and works with bourgeoning writers on their screenplays. She's been friends with Josh for an obscene amount of time, and they have discussed collaborating together for years. She was there when MAN IN CEILING was just a kernel of an idea, and is thrilled to be seeing it through to fruition.
David Laub - Executive Producer
David Laub is Co-President of NY-based independent distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories, where he oversees acquisitions, marketing and distribution. Oscilloscope's releases have included Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence, Sam Fleischner's Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Dan Krauss' The Kill Team, and Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s Art and Craft. David is an executive producer on two of Oscilloscope’s recent releases, Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq’s These Birds Walk and Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys. David previously worked for 5 years at the distributor THINKFilm, where he was involved in the acquisition and distribution of such films as Half Nelson, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Aristocrats, Murderball, Spellbound, and Taxi to the Dark Side. He has a BA in Film Studies and English from Wesleyan University, and an MA in Film Studies, also from Wesleyan.
Nico Navia - Director of Photography
In 1986, Nico was born, then he grew up and decided to make movies for the rest of his life. He graduated in 2011 from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television Production. Since, he has had the privilege of working on countless projects ranging from narrative to documentary and commercial work. In 2013 he was awarded the Bronze Award in the Kodak Student Scholarship Program for his photography on The Superman, a short film at the American Film Institute where he recently graduated with a MFA in Cinematography. He now resides in Los Angeles.
Check out Nico's reel here:
Why do you need so much money?
- Building the ceiling set (in order to get someone up in there!)
- Camera / sound / lighting equipment rentals
- Cast/crew airfare and other travel & transportation expenses
- Feeding everyone
- Shooting permits
- Professional Hair & Makeup
- Post-production costs (sound editing/mixing, color correction, visual effects)
- Festival submission fees (prestige, y'all!!)
- Music clearances
- A diamond tiara for everyone on set (just making sure you're still paying attention).
Those of you who know me personally have probably heard me tell you a story - whether it’s through the poetry & theater I wrote in high school, the movies I wrote in college, a groan-inducing joke or the music I’ve played all my life - it’s just a huge part of who I am.
Making my first real short film, MAN IN CEILING, feels like the next step in my evolution as a storyteller. I cannot tell you how psyched I am to get behind a camera and tell you this story. Hopefully you’re excited too!
I have no idea how people in the days of cinematic yore used to fund shorts. But with this Kickstarter, I hope to reach out to fellow cinephiles & young filmmakers, people who are interested in the story & subject matter of MAN IN CEILING, as well as friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, acquaintances, therapists, golf buddies, bitter enemies, pets and members of the overall creative community and ask for your help.
I’ll be providing frequent updates on the project here & on our Facebook page. And I’m more than happy to answer any questions via e-mail (jadamfu [at] gmail [dot] com) or the FAQ section here.
Also, for those who enjoy reading scripts, shoot me an email and I'll happily send you ours for MAN IN CEILING!
Thanks for your time, and Peace be the journey,
Josh & the entire MAN IN CEILING team
Photo Credits (in video):
Risks and challenges
If all goes according to plan and the Kickstarter is successful, we should be able to start shooting MAN IN CEILING by the end of February. Any number of snags or setbacks can pop up when making a film, but if they do and any delays occur, trust us that we'll be keeping you posted.
Additionally, if the film gets into festivals (knock on wood), we may have to delay when we can make the stream/download of the film available to backers. That's why we set the delivery date for the movie to 4/2016, but who knows, could be before then.
But do know that we are committed to telling this story in the best and most effective way possible. You are gonna see this dang movie!!!
And re: the Kickstarter rewards, as dumb and crazy as some of them may sound, do know that we are professionals in the "dumb 'n crazy" business, and will assemble even the silliest of rewards with the utmost attention to quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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