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A short film about two fathers of different walks of life, both unhappy with the lives they are providing their kids.
A short film about two fathers of different walks of life, both unhappy with the lives they are providing their kids.
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"Dreams My Master" is a short film about two fathers, both from different walks of life, yet both having a hard time creating the life for their children that they wanted them to have.

Being a father myself, I wanted to explore how parents cope and adjust differently when life doesn't move in the direction they had planned. It's an intense story of hope and despair, looking at the grim realities of how life unfolds.

We just finished shooting the film, and now we'd like to complete it - this will require editing, color-correction, music, sound editing, BluRay production, festival submissions, etc. etc... things that cost yet more money.

 The cast

Thanks to casting director M'saada Nia, whose casting credits spans over 80 projects including Ava DuVernay's "Selma", we were able to secure a cast of very talented actors. Even all the child actors are seasoned SAG actors.

Rico E. Anderson

Rico found his love for the arts early and first began acting in film and theater productions in the Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles to fully immerse himself into the acting profession. His credits include a role in the Academy Award Winning "Mighty Times: The Children's March", as well as over 80 roles in film and television.

Chris Gann

Chris moved from a goat farm in Reno, NV to Southern California into a life of action - he was a world champion Jet Ski Racer, has performed a lot of stunt work, and acted in over 30 films and 50 commercials.

Charles Windle Greer IV

Charles decided to become an actor at age 4 and has been working hard to achieve his goal. He has appeared in many commercials and will be featured in the upcoming Nickelodeon show "Homeroom".

Issac Brown

Issac impressed the judges in America's Got Talent at age 6 and has since then been busy with various roles in TV and film, as well as commercials.

Tyler Ross

Tyler has been active in many theater and film productions. He had a leading role in "Little Dogs", as well as several theater roles that feature his singing voice.

Jentzen Ramirez

Originally from Austin, TX, Jentzen moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and shortly after that landed substantial roles in film and TV, as well as over 8 commercials.

The Crew

Michael A. Krehan (writer, director, editor)

Michael has been making video games for a living since 1996 but always maintained an interest in filmmaking. His first short was screened at the Weiterstadt Film Fest in 1999. His latest work, Appreciation, is currently going through the film festival circuit, with screenings at the El Cid showcase, the California International Shorts Fest, the Capital City Black Film Festival, and more in consideration.

Daniel J. Pico (producer)

Daniel J. Pico has been making movies since the age of eight. Pursuing this goal, he went to film school at Columbia College Chicago (BA in Film and Video), where he wrote and directed the award winning Short Films including the World War II Drama, “Two Days in Limbo”. Limbo went on to garner a bevy of festival awards including Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at The Michigan Independent Film Festival, and The New York International Film and Video Festival. Daniel has gone on to produce and direct a multitude of shorts, feature films, and commercials. This is Daniel's second collaboration with Michael, they both worked together on Appreciation.

Maris Lidaka (producer)

Maris Lidaka’s interest in a film career began while attending school in Denmark. He would frequently go to the movie theater in order to maintain a sense of home. Upon graduation, he moved backed to Chicago to pursue a Film Directing degree at Columbia College and became known for creating high-concept and thoughtful work. Over the past several years, Maris has held multiple directing, camera, and editing roles that have helped him hone his skills as a director. He has directed multiple films to date, with his latest SPROUT having made its debut at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival. Maris has also worked with Michael on Appreciation.

Jeffrey Siljenberg (cinematographer)

Originally from Byron, Minnesota, Jeff studied at Columbia College with Daniel and Maris and then moved to Los Angeles, accumulating an extensive experience with over 60 productions under his belt. Jeff has also worked with Michael on Appreciation.

Jeff has a great eye for beautiful compositions, the stills above are a testament to that.

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Music credits:

"Dreams Become Real" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Risks and challenges

The project will happen. We already shot it. We just need to finish it. So your biggest risk is that we all just suddenly drop dead or are abducted by superior quadrupedal lifeforms. Or it may just end up not being up to snuff. Unlikely, because the footage we have looks good, but seeing individual scenes and seeing a whole film put together are two different things, and it may just not jive.

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