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Daphne moves to the Coast with her boyfriend, Roger, to start a new life, only to learn he hasn't been totally honest about his past.
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HOW DEEP WOULD YOU GO FOR LOVE?

SEASIDE, my new microbudget thriller set amidst the dangerous beauty of the Oregon Coast, asks that question. SEASIDE stars Ariana DeBose, Matt ShingledeckerSteffanie Leigh, and Sharon Washington. 

We're close to the finish line but we need your help to finish the film!

WHY THIS FILM? WHY NOW?

Inspired by 50s noir, early Roman Polanski films, Body Heat, and French films like Strangers by the Lake and See the Sea, I wanted to create a movie full of TWISTS AND TURNS where nothing (and no one) is exactly what it seems. These stories are both entertaining and important, exploring the idea that we are all complex, complicated people.

DANGEROUS BEAUTY:

SEASIDE is MY LOVELETTER to my home state of OREGON. The rugged cliffs, windswept beaches, quaint towns, and crashing waves of the Oregon Coast is the perfect location for a feature film about the dangerous beauty inside all of us. The line between "the sand and the sea," between our rational and irrational selves, and our (in)ability to know and understand our own minds (especially when it comes to love) is a fascinating theme to me.

CASTING:

As a gay man, I know what it is like to be erased or misrepresented on screen. And as a white man, I know that I must do whatever I can to present diverse and inclusive representations on screen, especially when it comes to creating complex protagonists. So I chose to make my main character an African-American woman. We must do more to expand and diversify who we see as protagonists in our storytelling, especially in film and TV. This is very important to me and I hope it is for you too!

ARIANA DEBOSE is currently starring on Broadway as Jane in A BRONX TALE (opening December 1), directed by Robert DeNiro and Jerry Zaks, based on the movie written by Chazz Palminteri and directed by DeNiro. She is an original company member of HAMILTON On Broadway as the Bullet, as well as the off-Broadway production at the Public Theatre. Other Broadway credits include Pippin, Motown, and Bring It On the Musical. She's been seen on television in "Blue Bloods", "One Life to Live," VH1's "The Breaks," "Company On-Screen" & SYTYCD (TOP 20 season 6). Find her @arianadebose on instagram and twitter.

MATT SHINGLEDECKER: TV/Film: "Blue Bloods," "Regis & Kelly," "Holly's Show," "Grind," "Sweet Parents," "Eugenia & John," "Future 38," and "Barflies." Broadway Credits: Fiyero in Wicked, Tony in West Side Story (Featured in Arthur Laurent’s Memoir “The Rest of the Story: A Life Completed), and Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: Rent (Roger: Original Revival Cast) and Standby (Original Cast Album). International Tours: Wicked (Fiyero) and Spring Awakening. West End: Homemade Fusion. Immersive Theater: Dani Girl, La Ronde, and The Golden Lotus. Other Credits include numerous developmental projects in NYC and LA as well as a number of regional theatrical productions. BFA Elon University. Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @m_shingledecker.

STEFFANIE LEIGH will appear in War Paint in Spring 2017 on Broadway (with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole) after a successful run in Chicago. Her other credits include Broadway: Gigi (Liane d’Exelmans); Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). National Tour: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). NYC/regional: Dani Girl (Exit, Pursued by a Bear); Venus in Fur (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Jaques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Alliance Theatre); Into the Woods, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). TV: “Mysteries of Laura” “The Following,” “The Good Wife,” “Members Only.” Film: Easter Mysteries, American Dresser, Progress (and unrelated things), They’re Out of the Business. BFA acting/musical theatre, Carnegie Mellon. www.steffanieleigh.com

 SHARON WASHINGTON just premiered her one woman show, Feeding the Dragon, which she also wrote, at Pittsburgh's City Theatre, to rave reviews. She made her Broadway debut in The Scottsboro Boys, in the role she originated Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater. She also appeared there in the world-premiere of Dot by Tony nominee Colman Domingo. Other Off-Broadway credits: While I Yet Live; Luce, Wild With Happy (Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Audelco Award). She has played Lady Anne to Denzel Washington’s Richard III, Valeria to Christopher Walken’s Coriolanus, as well as multiple characters in George C. Wolfe’s award-winning adaptation of Caucasian Chalk Circle at NYSF/Public Theater. Film/TV includes Todd Solondz's Weiner Dog, recurring roles on "Gotham," and "Law & Order: SVU"; "Blue Bloods," "The Blacklist," "White Collar," "Taking Chance," "Royal Pains," "Damages," as well as roles in Mistress America, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, The School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight. MFA: Yale School of Drama, BA: Dartmouth College. www.sharonwashington.com

BUT WHAT'S THE STORY, SAM?

Daphne (DeBose) moves to the Oregon Coast with her boyfriend, Roger (Shingledecker), to start a new life when he inherits his childhood beach house. But when they have a run-in with a local, Susanna (Leigh), Daphne realizes that Roger hasn't been entirely honest about his past and she will have to fight for her relationship and maybe even her life.

AND WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP!

We shot Seaside for 17 days in April in Portland and along the Oregon Coast. It was fantastic shoot, full of hard work, great camaraderie, gorgeous scenery, and a tremendous amount of local support in both places.

My team and I have finished editing the picture and are working on the sound design and score. Now we need to raise money (with your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE pledges) to finish the movie and pay for these elements as well as the color correct, festival submissions, and PR/marketing. Again all your pledges are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE since we have fiscal sponsorship through the 501(c)3 non-profit, The Film Collaborative.

Our TAX-DEDUCTIBLE REWARDS include singing birthday voicemails, behind the scenes pictures, deleted scenes (no one else has seen these!), a beautifully printed image of Oregon's Castle Rock, where we shot, and even a four day/three night weekend getaway in the beach house where we stayed (sleeps 8 comfortably).

Here's the Castle Rock print AND the view from the beach house:

Archival 8 x 10 of Castle Rock by Sam Zalutsky
Archival 8 x 10 of Castle Rock by Sam Zalutsky

MEET OUR CREW:

KEVIN CORSTANGE (PRODUCER) has produced films including Stephanie Rauber’s feature documentary Dance Around the Pool, her short The Man in 3G, and the short film The Pickles. For the theatre, Kevin produced New York productions of Rose Riordan’s Noble & Weller and Michael Schlitt’s award-winning one-man shows Mike’s Incredible Indian Adventure and Jesus Ride. As a line producer and coordinator Kevin has worked on corporate videos for clients such as GE, HP, Bank of America, American Express, SAP, Research in Motion, VEVO and truTV.

ALYSSA ROEHRENBECK's (PRODUCER) produced the award-winning short, Gage, as well as several proof of concept pieces in multiple genres: DOTT (science fiction), Stewardship Jack (family), and Mister Wonderful (teen horror). She collaborates regularly with the creators of YouTube Famous, Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network as both a producer and actor as Shannon in Shannon’s Haunting and Taylor from Mad House. She works closely with director Chris Wilson, who recently released The Drunk Series and partners with the Willamette Writer’s Conference for their FilmLab program, producing, speaking on expert panels, and judging the "script-to-screen" competition.

PHIL ANDERSON (CINEMATOGRAPHER) lives and works in Portland, Oregon. His work can be seen at www.cameraphil.com and on IMDB here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2627460/?ref_=fn_al_nm.

JADE HARRIS (PRODUCTION DESIGNER/WARDROBE DESIGNER) enjoys crushing dreams and burgundy stretch velvet and counting her Emmys.

JORDAN BESWICK, CSA (CASTING DIRECTOR) has worked with casting directors Douglas Aibel, and Georgianne Walken & Sheila Jaffe, before going independent and casting several more award winners himself. Jordan's plays have been performed all around the world - from D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to London's Riverside Studios to the Lucernaire in Paris. Jordan began coaching actors 23 years ago at New York's Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Afterward he crossed the Atlantic to teach at Studio VO/VF (13 years) in Paris, the Institut für Schauspiel Film und Fernsehberufe (9 years) in Berlin, and the Actors Centre (3 years) in London.

MEGAN DIANA MCGEORGE (COMPOSER) is a musician, pianist, songwriter and composer living in PDX and NYC. She performs under her own name, records and plays music with many bands around PDX, and scores music for commercials, digital content, multi-media projects. She is the founder and director of Piano.Push.Play, where she rescues, revamps, and places old pianos throughout Portland every summer. Learn and listen at megandiana.com.

QUENTIN CHIAPPETTA (SOUND DESIGN) Quentin’s collaborations include work with artist Christian Marclay (The Clock, winner, 2012 Venice Biennale) to original music and sound for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions (Irena’s Vow, Murder In The First, The Navigator), to television ("The First 48," "Dallas SWAT"), to mixing and designing sound for many celebrated films (3 Backyards, 16 Acres, The Punk Singer). His sound and music is featured in the Biomuseo in Panama, the Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and in NYC’s Natural History Museum. Hear more at medianoise.com.

MAEVE O'BOYLE (EDITOR) is an Emmy Award-winning editor. She edited The Education of Mohammad Hussein (HBO), shortlisted for an Academy Award. She co-produced and edited the Emmy Award-winning and 2014 IRE Award-winning Firestone and the Warlord (PBS), Growing Up Trans (PBS), edited and co-wrote 112 Weddings, for Doug Block, and David Thorpe's "Do I Sound Gay? (TIFF, world premiere). Other work includes Left of the Dial (HBO), Heat (PBS), Carrier (PBS) and The Kids Grow up (HBO). 

JORDAN MONTMINNY (EDITOR) is an Emmy Award-winning editor. He recently worked on the documentaries A Courtship (2015 Tribeca Film Festival), We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,(2013 Sundance Film Festival) and the PBS Frontline documentary, Money, Power, and Wall Street. He also edited Nuala (Best Irish Film, 2011 Dublin International Film Festival), as well as Voices from the Grave (2010 Irish Film & Television Award for Best Documentary).

We have also had generous help and support from Mother's Bistro, Batter PDX, Water Avenue Coffee, Sleepy Monk Coffee, Chedz, The Oregon Film Commission, The Seaside Visitor's Bureau, The Edit Center (New York), the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo Law School, the Film Collaborative, and many, many individuals in Portland, the Oregon Coast, and New York City. 

For updates, follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter: @seasidemovie!

Please check out our rewards on the right for our TAX-DEDUCTIBLE PLEDGES (through film non-profit, The Film Collaborative). THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Risks and challenges

While the great majority of the work to make the movie is already done, there are still risks. The biggest risks involve not getting selected for festivals that will give the project the necessary exposure to gain distribution. Film festivals are inundated with film submissions and I know firsthand the challenges to getting into them. However, if Seaside is not accepted into a top tier festival, I will continue to seek out more niche festivals to gain exposure and explore newer opportunities for distribution, including VOD platforms as well as self distribution through screenings and my website.

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