MONTHS ON END had its World Premiere in 2002 at Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre Company, and has had dozens of productions around the United States and internationally since. There was a Chinese language production in Hong Kong several years ago, and an Australian production is planned for Melbourne in early 2015.
MONTHS follows the lives of a circle of family and friends in different combinations and situations over the course of a year. There's a scene for each month of the year, and JANUARY starts things off at a New Year's Eve party, where we meet Elaine and Walter. These two are really at the heart of MONTHS, and embody the hopes and fears the play examines.
I've always wanted to adapt MONTHS for the screen, and JANUARY is the perfect scene to start with. Not only is it the beginning of the play, but it's a self-contained story that stands well on its own, and creates the world of the play in miniature. I'm excited to be bringing JANUARY to the screen, and especially to be working with Steve Beeson at SkyTown Entertainment, who is a terrific producer, and with actors Roy Havrilack and Darcie Siciliano.
Darcie is a long time collaborator of mine. In fact, she was in the first workshop production of MONTHS. She was brilliantly funny as Heidi, a young woman giving a college graduation speech gone wrong, then, and she's going to be terrific as Elaine, who's on one of the worst New Year's Eve dates ever.
And I've worked with Roy a number of times and seen lots of his work, and I think he's a great fit for the buttoned-down, but surprising character of Walter. I can't wait to get on set with these two and the rest of the cast and crew.
Risks and challenges
Skytown Entertainment has produced a number of short films, and so they know what it takes to finish a film on time and on budget. They've helped put together the budget and worked hard to keep every element of the filmmaking as simple as possible.
They found a terrific cinematographer, Arié Ohayon, to shoot JANUARY. We did our exterior shooting around New York last winter, and it looks great, so we're confident that he'll make the film look beautiful.
We're planning for a two day shoot, and we found a perfect location in which to do that. The money we're able to raise here on Kickstarter will allow us to rent the right equipment for the shoot, provide money for props, to pay our crew, and then for post-production work, including editing the film and making DVDs to send out to festivals.
If JANUARY is as successful as we hope, it might make it possible for us to film further segments of MONTHS ON END, turning it into a web series or even a feature length film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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