Farewell Old Stringy is the story of three men and their struggle to maintain their crumbling relationships.
Colin and Bradach are old childhood friends who have grown to lead drastically different lives, presently finding it difficult to connect. Their friendship undergoes more pressure when they encounter Davey, an old homeless man whose imaginary friend, Stringy, has decided to commit suicide.
Together, they throw a goodbye party for Davey's invisible sidekick. Colin and Bradach, however, do not understand the reason for Stringy's departure. What does it signify for Davey?
By the end of the film, the three men arrive at a critical juncture, and in the face of uncertainty, each try to understand what Stringy's death means to them.
To be filmed in the quaint college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Farewell Old Stringy is an original, powerful exploration of life, death and the importance of companionship in an increasingly isolated world.
Taylor Ballard (Colin) is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a BFA in Theatre. His college credits include Wake Up Calls (VCU), The Problem (VCU), and Winning It (a New Voices production headed by the Sparc Theatre Company in Richmond, VA). He performed the lead role in Kidney Beans, an independent film directed by R.J. Haynes, and has appeared in You Can’t Take it With You as Paul, The Diary of Anne Frank as Otto, and Doubt as Father Flynn. Taylor is very excited to be a part of this new project led by his dear friends Alex Rafala and Lauren Lukow.
Ian Lindsay (Bradach) is a third-year B.A. Drama student at the University of Virginia. While at U.Va., he has performed in numerous department productions, including Elephant’s Graveyard, Rhinoceros, Spring Awakening, You Can’t Take it with You, and most recently, An Enemy of the People. Also while at U.Va., Ian has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (Reckless Bard Productions), The Music Man (First Year Players), and Mountain Language, through the University’s Anthropology Department. Ian has performed with a long-form improvisational group at the University, as well as writing and performing with an independent sketch comedy group. Film credits include Talisman (Adrenaline film competition), Helen (U.Va. filmmakers society), and Projector Piece (2nd Street Art Gallery). Throughout his career at U.Va, he has worked extensively with his fellow Farewell to Old Stringy cast members, and is very excited to be tackling this project alongside men he considers close friends.
Richard Warner (Davey) - While working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and Nikos Psacharopoulous and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over one hundred roles in such theatres as Hippodrome State Theater, GEVA Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, SideShow Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, P.A.F. Playhouse, Olney Theatre, TheatreVirginia and Heritage Repertory Theatre. Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln; Dr. Ezra Abbott in Ridley Scott’s Killing Lincoln; Chester Bowles in Killing Kennedy; Marshall Walker in Waking Marshall Walker and Vic LeClue in Patriot Son; produced by former University of Virginia alumni, David Koplan; winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest’s independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. He appeared as L.P. Everett in the episode, “The 20% Solution” for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street. Richard received the University of Virginia’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (A.E.A.), Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (S.A.G.- A.F .T .R.A.).
Chris Bauer (Lester) is a fourth-year Drama major at the University of Virginia. He has acted with Spectrum Theatre, the U.Va. Drama Department, and La Petite Teet Video and Sketch Comedy. His directing and assistant directing credits include Spectrum Theatre’s Avenue Q, Season Eight of La Petite Teet, and the original play The Quiltbag for Silver Spring Stage’s One Act Play Festival in Maryland. He was the Director of Photography for the film Talisman, as part of the Virginia Film Festival’s Adrenaline Film Competition. In his spare time, he writes short stories and plays, and creates short films, both narrative and experimental. He plans to move to Chicago after graduating in the spring of 2014. He will appear in the upcoming U.Va. Drama Department main stage production of A Flea In Her Ear.
Daniel Prillaman (Chad) is currently based out of Charlottesville, Virginia and has performed in a highly eclectic variety of shows throughout the region. When not on the stage, he writes, directs, and produces other works with his fledging production company, Stage Left Studios. In 2012, he was awarded the College Arts Scholar Award by the University of Virginia Arts Scholars Program, and was given a grant to create a full-length sketch comedy show from scratch for the public of Charlottesville. He will be moving to Pennsylvania in the coming months to take a position with a local regional theatre. Some favorite credits include: Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening, Hugh Dorsey in Parade, Mr. Papillion in Rhinoceros, and Macaulay (Mike) Connor in The Philadelphia Story. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Drama in 2013.
Alex Rafala (Writer/Director) is a third-year student and College Arts Scholar at the University of Virginia majoring in Drama and minoring in Film Studies. His acting credits in the Department of Drama include Romeo and Juliet, Georg in Spring Awakening, Donald in You Can't Take It With You, and George Ackleberg ("Aslaksen") in U.Va. Professor Doug Grissom's adaption of An Enemy of the People. In January 2013, Alex traveled to New York City to act Off Off Broadway in Empty Cups, an original play written, directed, and performed by U.Va. students. This past summer he studied acting at Michael Howard Studios in NYC. In addition to his workload at MHS, Alex attended a two-day workshop on the making of short films taught by filmmaker Grew Chwerchak. He is currently Sound Designing the next U.Va. Drama Department's production of A Flea in Her Ear. Farewell Old Stringy is Alex's directorial debut.
Lauren Lukow (Producer) is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia double majoring in Media Studies and Arts Administration. She is the Executive Producer of Spectrum Theatre at U.Va. and Chair of the U.Va. Department of Drama Lab Series. In summer 2012, she interned for Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures in Hollywood, California. This past summer 2013, she continued her internship experience for the company in New York City working on the feature film 5 to 7 featuring Anton Yelchin, Glenn Close and Frank Langella. In Charlottesville, VA, she has worked as a Casting Assistant at Arvold Casting and Productions, as well as the Corporate Development Intern and Director's Assistant for the Virginia Film Festival. Lauren's passion lies with sociopolitically driven dramas and comedies that seek to both entertain and challenge their audiences at the same time.
Alex Jones (Assistant Producer) is a second-year student at the University of Virginia majoring in Arts Administration. She works in marketing and promotions as an intern for Action Center for Entrepreneurs (ACE) in Charlottesville, and is currently working as Operations Manager for the newly founded non-profit HackCville Media, which aims to branch Charlottesville as a locus of creativity and innovation. Alex has a background in both technical and performance theatre. In 2012, she wrote, directed, produced, and acted in a one-act one-person show as the character Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights.
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Risks and challenges
Making a movie inherently comes with challenges, but we are confident in our talented cast and crew’s ability to overcome them. With careful strategic planning, we will prepare for the worst and strive for the best!
WEATHER: The majority of our film's action takes place outside. We are already in the process of devising alternative schedules in case weather-related issues were to interfere with film shooting.
SUBJECT MATTER: We are dealing with very serious and delicate subject matter. Some may claim our production team to be under-qualified or over-ambitious. But that’s why we’re making this film. To learn through the process and then teach with the product. In the Director's Statement above, Alex admits this project as being "a confession of my ignorance."
EQUIPMENT: Cinema as an art form is unique in that it's so technologically dependent... You can't make a film without the camera! We plan to treat our equipment with the utmost care and responsibility, but things happen, and we need to be prepared in such cases.
DISTRIBUTION: Our first choice is to get the film out in the festival circuit, submitting to festivals around the world. This requires time, good marketing, and monetary resources. Our second option is to distribute the film ourselves, exhibiting and selling the film to anyone who is interested.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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