The story follows a nine year old boy named Jesse who idolizes his Dad and loathes his Mom. When he goes to work his Dad at a used car dealership he sees him having an affair with another woman. This flips Jesse's world upside down and forces him to re-evaluate his perspective of the world.
It is a simple yet compelling story that delves into the relationship between how we choose our rhetoric and what we choose to do with it. It is a point in Jesse's life where he realizes that the world is not so black and white. Where, for the first time he analyzes the information at hand rather than just repeat what he has seen. In many ways this movie does not indulge in the "imagination" of a child but focuses on the birth of a critical mind.
" I do not mean to over praise, but teachers often get to see the nascent gem. This is what I see in Sam."
- Victoria Hochberg Director- Sex and the City, Ally McBeal, Melrose place.
Storyboards by Darcy Ripley
Sam Benenati - Director/ Writer:
Sam Benenati studies at the acclaimed Art Center College of Design where he majors in film production. He has been making short films since he was 13 years old and has developed a fundamental understanding of narrative storytelling. He has been a finalist in Santa Barbara Film Festival's "10-10-10" competition as well as first prize for the SB180 Film Contest. Sam has made dozens of short films that emphasize character as first priority. His influences include Paul Thomas anderson, Mike Leigh, Alexander Payne, John Cassevetes, and Alfonso Cuaron.
Mike Reyes - Cinematographer:
Born in Glendale, California, Mike has been creating films since 2008. Mike began his education at the prestigious Art Center College of Design with an emphasis on cinematography in 2010. He has since won 3 ADDY awards as well as first prize in the SB180 film contest serving as cinematographer with director, Sam Benenati. Since starting Art Center College of Design, Mike has worked on an excess of 30 short films, music videos, and commercials.
"Mike Reyes is a young emerging cinematographer with a great eye. He possesses the ability to capture stunning images and is at the forefront of modern cinematography." — Affonso Beato, ASC, ABC
Mike Reyes/ Cinematographer/ 2011-2012 Reel
When and how will I get my reward?
After we hit our deadline on April 1, Kickstarter gives us a nifty program to create a pledge-specific questionnaires to email all the backers. We will ask for all relevant information to make sure you get what we promised.
It is a three day shoot that requires enough funds to provide for camera, crew, locations, food, and post production. Any help we can garner will be much appreciated. It's a nine minute short film that we feel will be festival worthy and well worth your support. Lets make a great movie! Thank you!
- Sam Benenati
- (30 days)