A film about actors starring some of the world's best actors: Ted Levine, Laurie Metcalf, Nathan Lane and more.
My movie project tells a story about the private world of actors, a world that's funny, and bittersweet, and rich with creativity. It's a world where incredible bonds form.
I asked Ethan Sandler, a friend and talented screenwriter, to write a script that would capture all of the drama that happens to actors off camera: the heartbreaks and the joy, but most important, the friendships that keep us going through even the bleak times.
And then all these great actors fell in love with his finished script for No Pay, Nudity and signed on.
We all have long careers on Broadway, and in film and TV, like Laurie Metcalf a brilliant stage actress who you also know as Roseanne's sister Jackie, or Ted Levine, who you know from the current hit show The Bridge, the TV series Monk and in his terrifying role as Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, and Jessica Hecht, the Broadway and TV star who had that great supporting role on Friends. You know Nathan Lane from a multitude of wonderful projects including The Birdcage and The Producers and his recent Tony nominated performance in The Nance.
Our cast also includes the talented actors Boyd Gaines, J. Smith Cameron, Austin Pendleton, Mark Blum, Jeremy Shamos, Jeanine Serrales, Zoe Perry, Joel Higgins, Reg Rogers, Peter Jacobson, Alex Draper, John Bedford Lloyd, Cory Michael Smith, Benjamin Sinclair, Danny Binstock, Ellen Foley and Brent Spiner, the comedian Lewis Black, and the incredible Loudon Wainwright III, who is creating the original music.
And there's me, director Lee Wilkof. My first big break was playing Seymour in the Off-Broadway hit Little Shop of Horrors.
I met my wife Connie Grappo on that show. Over the past 40 years as an actor I've had great breaks, some huge flops, met a few jerks, but mostly I have worked with incredible people. I know the business, and I'm ready to move forward with a project that everyone can get behind.
Most actors like us don't get hired for being pretty. We all get great jobs because we're committed to hard work, to putting our heart into every role, even if it isn't the first name on the credits, but most of all, because we love to be able to bring a great story to life for our audience: You.
Kickstarter offers an alternative to the purely economic set-up in today's Hollywood. Where stories that might otherwise be passed on get their chance. Where little stories with big hearts and meaningful messages find a way to get made. We think No Pay, Nudity is that kind of movie.
I've assembled an incredible creative team, the script is both heartbreaking and hilarious, and we have New York City and Times Square for our set.
Making a full length feature film has all kinds of costs that may not be apparent in the finished production but try making a movie without a sound mixer, or a costume designer.
The $450,000 we're raising to complete No Pay, Nudity is the absolute minimum we'll need to deliver a movie to you. The money we raise above that minimum only makes the film stronger: It buys us extra time to shoot a scene perfectly and pay the added permit fees to the City of New York. It lets us hire the very best professionals to shoot and edit. It gives us a buffer against weather and the little surprises that can lead to budget overruns.
Our current budget covers the basic "above the line" costs: the director, writer/script/development costs, producer, cast and casting director.
It also includes the "below the line" cost for a multitude of jobs:
production support staff, production designer, art and prop departments, set and prop rentals and purchases, costume designer, wardrobe rental and purchases, director of photography, camera department, camera equipment and drives, electric department, grip and electric equipment, sound mixer and boom, sound recording equipment, make up and hair
supplies, location manager, location site rentals, transportation, catering/craft services to feed the crew. (Yes, mostly it's about the food. Remember, there are actors involved.)
And then we have the Post Production costs which include:
editor, editing equipment, composer, music composition and recording
sound design (including ADR, effects editing and mixing)
finishing and deliverables.
You can see that it takes a lot of good people to make a great film, but in this project our most important people are you, our Kickstarter backers.
With even a $25 pledge you'll get exclusive access to a "How We Made the Movie" blog, with video outtakes and interviews and the kind of insider stuff that makes movie making fun, and best of all you'll get to see the movie before it reaches the public.
We've added some big backer rewards, like your name in the closing credits or even a small speaking role on our NYC set. How about dinner for you and three friends with me and Nathan at a popular Broadway hangout? I promise that will be an experience you'll never forget.
Thanks for pledging, and when you've done that, you can continue to help us reach our goal by clicking that Facebook link you'll see just below the video. Share the site with your friends and be a part of this great project.
Who we are:
Lee Wilkof (director) is an American actor and veteran of the Broadway stage. He originated the roles of Sam Byck in Assassins and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, later earning a Tony Award nomination for the 2000 revival of Kiss Me, Kate. He appeared as The Wizard in the San Francisco production of Wicked, a role in which he previously played on the First National Tour of the show.
Wilkof has appeared in numerous television series (Ally McBeal, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hart to Hart) and films (The School of Rock, The Grey Zone, This Boy's Life).
Ethan Sandler (writer) is a writer/performer who has written and produced for the television series Whitney, My Boys, and the new CBS series We Are Men. He and Lee Wilkof collaborated on the screenplay for the film Teenage Waistband. As an actor Ethan has appeared in the films The Bourne Supremacy, and The Chocolate Wars among others; and on television in Sex And The City and Crossing Jordan.
Tani Cohen (producer) recently executive produced the films Six Letter Word, and David and Goliath. She produced with HBO, the feature documentary Mr. Conservative: Goldwater On Goldwater, which received a 2007 EMMY Award nomination. Three of her producing projects, Inside Monkey Zetterland, Egg Salad, and Guinevere premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Tani executive produced the Emmy Award nominated Showtime film Snow In August. Other producing credits include The Dust Factory, The Souler Opposite (AFI Film Festival), How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog (Toronto International Film Festival), and Forever Lulu. She started her film career at Brian De Palma’s Fetch Productions. Tani and Lee Wilkof met 23 years ago on the film Chatahoochie, in which he acted, and she served as the production executive for MMA Films.
Laurie Metcalf (Andrea) is perhaps most widely known for her performance as Jackie Harrison in the ABC sitcom Roseanne and has also had series television roles as Carolyn Bigsby on Desperate Housewives and Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. Her motion picture roles include the voice of Mrs. Davis in the Toy Story film series and the character Debbie Loomis/Debbie Salt in Scream 2, as well as roles in such critically acclaimed films as Making Mr. Right, JFK, and Mistress. Metcalf frequently works in Chicago theater, where she is well known for her performance in the 1983 revival of Lanford Wilson's play Balm in Gilead. She has also appeared in commercials for Plan USA, a humanitarian organization which helps children in need around the world.
She is a three-time Emmy Award winner, and has been nominated four other times, as well as having been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two Tony Awards, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Metcalf has won both a Theatre World Award and an Obie Award for her work on the stage, and recently starred as Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. This production was performed at London's Apollo Theatre until August 18, 2012. She recently appeared as Juliana Smithton in Sharr White's The Other Place on Broadway, a role she originated off-Broadway in 2011.
Nathan Lane (Herschel) is a two-time Tony and Emmy Award-winning American actor of stage, screen, and television. He is best known for his roles as Mendy in The Lisbon Traviata, Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his voice work in The Lion King and Stuart Little. In 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
Ted Levine (Lester) After his breakout role in The Silence of the Lambs (as primary antagonist Buffalo Bill), Ted played a member of Al Pacino's police unit in Heat, astronaut Alan Shepard in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon, and Paul Walker's police superior Sergeant Tanner in The Fast and the Furious. In the drama Georgia, he played Mare Winningham's husband, one of his most sympathetic roles. From 2002 to 2009, he co-starred as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer on USA Network's detective series Monk, starring Tony Shalhoub. Levine provided the voice of the supervillain Sinestro in Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. Levine also appeared as a patriarch whose family takes a turn for the worse in the remake of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). In 2007, he portrayed local Sheriff James Timberlake in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and appeared in Ridley Scott's American Gangster, alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. In 2010, he appeared as the warden of the island prison in Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2012, he appeared as Sheriff Bloom Towne in Deep Dark Canyon.
Jessica Hecht (Lisa) has made appearances in television shows such as ER, Seinfeld, Once and Again, Law & Order, Breaking Bad, Bored to Death and The Good Wife; and in movies such as Sideways, Anarchy TV, Kicking and Screaming and The Town. Hecht is perhaps best known for her recurring role on Friends as Susan Bunch, the lesbian life partner of Ross Geller's ex-wife, Carol Willick.
She was also a featured cast member in the Jonathan Silverman sitcom The Single Guy.
Hecht starred in a supporting role as Amy Burns in the 2007 comedy-drama Dan in Real Life, co-starring with Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche, and also in 2009's Whatever Works directed by Woody Allen.
In 2012 she performed on Broadway with Jim Parsons (of The Big Bang Theory) in "Harvey". Hecht also appeared in A View From The Bridge on Broadway with Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schrieber. She also has a semi-recurring role as Gretchen Schwartz on the popular AMC drama series Breaking Bad, and appeared in a guest role on Desperate Housewives in 2011.
Loudon Wainwright III (Music and role of Ira) is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. He is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, brother of Sloan Wainwright, and the former husband of the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
To date, Wainwright has released 22 studio albums. Reflecting upon his career, in 1999, Wainwright stated "you could characterize the catalog as somewhat checkered, although I prefer to think of it as a tapestry.
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I've acted in over 100 films and television shows, and scores of plays on and off Broadway. I've surrounded myself with very gifted and skilled professionals who've been successfully making films for a long time. We know that making No Pay, Nudity in New York City will be challenging. Just getting home to Brooklyn from the theatre district on the subway can be challenging! Weather, permits, transportation, equipment, and schedules are all potential problems when you're on a low budget and a tight schedule. But my team of New Yorkers knows its way around this city and we know how to get things done. The actors we've cast are all very busy, working performers who're willing to make big sacrifices to do No Pay, Nudity for a fraction of their normal fees because they believe in it. There is always the possibility that a cast member could be forced to drop out due to a scheduling conflict, but right now we have a committed cast and the ability to fill any openings that may arise. We're fortunate to have developed a vast network of professional associates and friends to bring No Pay, Nudity to the screen.
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