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When a young widow seeks out her dead husband’s organ recipients, each meeting is more hilariously disastrous than the last.
When a young widow seeks out her dead husband’s organ recipients, each meeting is more hilariously disastrous than the last.
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FALLING TO PIECES : A Short Film Comedy about Grief

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WHAT IS THIS PROJECT? WHO IS FALLING TO PIECES?

Cassandra woke up with his kidneys sleeping beside her.

When her husband Eddie died a few months ago, Cassandra didn’t have any idea that he had checked that box on his driver’s license to donate all his organs. His kidneys now belong to Sam, a surfer from Long Island who she met up with the night before. Some vodka, a little Kahlua, several rounds… It’s not very clear to either of them how this happened.

Thankfully she had an appointment with her shrink that day:

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(NOTE: This video has not been color-corrected or sound mixed).

“Falling to Pieces” is a short film ( and was a Finalist in Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition at the 2013 Nantucket Film Festival) that will be financed by your contributions to this Kickstarter campaign. Thanks to Kickstarter, the opportunity to get involved in professional filmmaking is now available to anybody and everybody. All of the money that you pledge will go into the production of this film. And yet, unless 100% of our campaign goal is met, your pledges will not be processed by Kickstarter and the project will not be funded. 

As you saw in the clip above, we have already shot a central scene of this film. The tone, style and look of the entire film is all there. And we only need to shoot 12 more pages! And to do that, we need funding. Your money will be used directly to secure locations, obtain insurance and permits, rent camera & lighting equipment, purchase props, set dressing and wardrobe, provide some compensation to our awesome crew and talent, and of course, feed them all during our shoot days.

So please take this jump with us, tell your friends and family, like us on Facebook and Twitter, and together we will all make a very moving, funny, and beautiful little movie.

"CASSANDRA" / PRODUCER / CASTING DIRECTOR - Elisabeth Jamison

Elisabeth has worked as an actor, singer, producer, and casting director. She recently cast the first two seasons of Emmy Nominated, MY GRANDMOTHER’S RAVIOLI (Cooking Channel) as well as the upcoming ENTER THE WILD for Esquire Network. She has cast award winning projects across multiple platforms and collaborated with highly acclaimed directors including Bennett Miller, Spike Jonze, Errol Morris, Derek Cianfrance, Alison Maclean, Joe Berlinger & Darren Aronofsky.

She has produced Off-Broadway Theater with The Flea Theater (LOWER NINTH, playwright Beau Willimon) and Backhouse Productions (company responsible for developing Tony Award Winner, IN THE HEIGHTS). She has also produced short films and the SXSW Feature Film Nominee, FLOWERS, starring Piper Perabo.

She has performed in indie film projects and national commercial campaigns as well as the Off Bway critical success, FOOLS IN LOVE, (Manhattan Ensemble Theater). Her vocals can be heard on POLITICS OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS, a Stereolab tribute album, and on the cast recording of BALL, gracing Bootsy Collins' music.

On a very personal note, Elisabeth's mother and father both died of cancer within the last few years.  Laughter was one of the main tools/gifts that helped her cope with their sickness and death. And so it was really important to her (and Chris who was witness to much of her process) that they tell an honest story of grief and healing that is very, very, funny.   Elisabeth misses her parents deeply and is very grateful to be able to honor their memories with this story that would have made them giggle.  

WRITER / CO-DIRECTOR - Chris Connolly

Born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, Chris Connolly has been living in Manhattan since 1998. He began his career in New York's independent film industry, most notably as Associate Producer on the Universal Pictures feature film “Empire” (2002) and “Loverboy” (2005), directed by Kevin Bacon and starring Kyra Sedgwick. He then moved into commercial and branded content production, serving as Line Producer and Producer at Radical Media on a number of award-winning projects with such esteemed filmmakers as Derek Cianfrance, Bennett Miller, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. 

As a screenwriter, Chris was invited to the 2012 Austin Film Festival for his feature screenplay "Bad Blood", a Finalist in two sponsored categories and a Semi-Finalist in the main Drama category. Additionally, the script was the Grand Prize Winner in the Horror category of the 2012 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, a Finalist in the 2012 Creative World Awards, and a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 NexTV Writing & Pitch Competition.

In the summer of 2013, the script for "Falling to Pieces" was a Finalist in Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival (and Chris got to have lunch with David O. Russell and Glenn Close!).

CO-DIRECTOR - Vivian Connolly

Vivian is a Mexican Jew who grew up speaking French! She is an (almost) native New Yorker, with an intense love and lifetime dedication to theater, film and television both in front of and behind the scenes.

Vivian wrote and produced countless hours of television for The Food Network, PBS, ABC Family and The Travel Channel, before falling in love with the world of post-production. In 2005, Vivian went on to become Head Of Production for Edgeworx, a cutting edge post-production facility in NYC.

In 2008, she and partner John Bair founded Phosphene (phosphenefx.com) a high-end New York-based visual effects company. Phosphene’s team of artists has already earned two Emmy Award nominations for their work on HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” and “Boardwalk Empire”, as well as a Visual Effects Society Award for “Boardwalk Empire”.


DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Bill Winters

Bill Winters graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts film program with a concentration in cinematography. He graduated with high honors and won the Faculty Commendation Award for best cinematography.

 Bill was trained to shoot on film, but was an early adopter of digital video technology.  He shot one of the first national television shows, ESPN’s “The Life”, to use the miniDV format.  Bill took advantage of the small camera size and developed a unique style that he incorporates into his cinematography to this day.

In addition to shooting traditional :30 spots for clients such as McDonalds, EA-Sports, and Chevrolet, Bill has been at the forefront of branded content advertising.  He shot Derek Cianfrance’s “NIKE Battlegrounds” which is one of the first and most successful Branded Content programs to air.  Recently, he shot Zach Merck’s “6 Beers of Separation” which won “Best Branded Content” at the Interactive Ad. Bureau Awards, a Cannes Bronze Lion, and was nominated for a DGA award.  Other branded content clients include Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Walt Disney, Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Sprite, Wal-Mart, and many more.

 Bill shot the award winning hip-hop documentary, “Beyond Beats & Rhymes”, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the top 10 African-American films of the 2000’s.  A documentary he recently shot about the Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir won the 2009 CINE Golden Eagle, Special Jury Award, and Master Series Award for the best independent short documentary of the year. Narrative films include: Derek Cianfrance’s “Lately”, the Grand Prize winning film in the 2007 Chrysler Film Competition; Zack Resnicoff’s “Numbskull”, winner of the 2010 Ford Mustang Competition; Sean Carter’s “Culebra” from the 2010 Slamdance film festival; and Mike Fiore’s “Wake”, a finalist in Steven Spielberg’s On The Lot competition.

Bill’s cinematography for Chevrolet’s Silverado ad campaign was featured in American Cinematographer magazine and his work on The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special was featured in the February 2011 issue of ICG (International Cinematographers Guild) magazine.

www.billwinters.net

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Risks and challenges

Filmmaking always comes with many risks and challenges particular to each project. The filmmakers behind “Falling to Pieces” are experienced professionals in New York’s film & commercial production community and, as such, have tight working schedules. So the biggest challenge by far has been and will continue to be coordinating everyone’s time to line up when we need to shoot. However, our individual and collective experience in film production has prepared us to navigate around the worst obstacles and unforeseeable x-factors. Par for the course.

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