The Distant Architect is a short narrative Film Noir. The film centers on a young architect named Karen who begins to question what she knows about herself and her body. Are there parts of her that are cybernetic? Does it matter? Can she still be considered a "normal woman"? As a Film Noir, the piece is heavy with tension and mood. Although science fiction sounds "grand" and hard to pull off- this is a story and character based project. But don't worry there are still some unique special effects that we are creating. Take a look at our fundraising breakdown below and our backer rewards.
A "One Week Left" Update video with Producer-Laurie Little and Director- Clara Alcott
Great Article in DNAinfo Chicago- 'Distant Architect' Brings Sci-Fi Film Noir to Chicago
White/Light and The Distant Architect collaboration mentioned in the Chicago Reader Gossip Wolf Column
The Distant Architect Kickstarter included in Fandor's Daily Keyframe
Funds raised will be used to secure equipment, insurance, food etc. to ensure a successful production. The Distant Architect has received prior funding from the Illinois Arts Council, Nokia and The Independent Spirit Awards. We are fundraising to to get the project in front of the camera.
Donations can be $1 - or the sky's the limit! There are price levels for different rewards but any donation is appreciated. Also Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. We need to reach our goal in 50 days!
Check out a couple of our camera tests in a preview video. Music by Stacian
The Distant Architect is made up of a crew of collaborators and friends, as well as a strong supportive community. Crewmembers' links are listed below. Also check out The Distant Architect website for bios:
Chicago's strong architectural heritage and industrial cityscape provides great locations for this project.
A feature length draft of The Distant Architect was a finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab.
Clara Alcott - Writer/Director www.claraalcott.com
Laurie Little - Producer/Colorist/Graphics www.luministfilms.com
Jose Luis Rios - Cinematographer www.joseluisrios.com
Ilko Davidov - Associate Producer www.bulletprooffilm.com
WHITE/LIGHT - Score
Jeremy Lemos - Sound Design www.jeremylemos.com
Jeff Creath - Set Decorator
Ada Rima Grybauskas - Prop Maker/Special FX
Check out Jose's Cinematography reel below-
BulletProof FIlm, a Chicago based production company is providing production support. www.bulletprooffilm.com
The Distant Architect is fiscally sponsored by the Near Northwest Arts Council. The NNWAC is an artist directed non-profit organization that supports creative endeavors on the Near North Westside of Chicago. The Near Northwest Arts Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit Corporation. As per our sponsorship your donation to The Distant Architect is tax free.
The Distant Architect website-
Risks and challenges
As with any creative project--especially with filmmaking some risks and challenges are involved. We need to secure financing and our equipment packages. We expect the shooting schedule will be a challenge because the crew is made up primarily of freelancers. Even with the risks and challenge the film has a strong, imaginative crew. We have all worked through difficult productions and perseverance pays off, we know that is the nature of this art. This project is surrounded by a supportive community and has received previous funding. Like the protagonist in the film we are looking towards a bright future.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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