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A short film about losing things in the edits of life.
A short film about losing things in the edits of life.
A short film about losing things in the edits of life.
131 backers pledged $5,462 to help bring this project to life.

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DISCONTINUITY.....

is. a      short    dramatic relationship comedy film (with cats)     ,

which      highlights.  the! irregular-spaces   

      and fissures betweenus And all of the              STUFF that can  fall in................and get LosT.

Tabitha and Stephen have been in each others' lives for a long time, but because of their jobs they must periodically live apart.  When Tabitha returns "home" after their longest separation, what they've been missing becomes opaquely clear and who they're becoming makes it hard for them to see each other.   Family deaths, additional pets, new friends, interrupted cycles, and TV shows on DVD all find a way to clutter the conversation and the room.

I'm extremely pleased and excited that my short film was chosen as one of five projects for the Fandor/Kickstarter funding collaboration FIXshorts.  Basically, I'm looking to the loving arms of Kickstarter to help me raise $5,000 and then Fandor will match those raised funds!  This will provide me with a healthy budget to make this weird little film about the weirdness of being human and how we experience time and space together (or when we're apart).   I'm in pre-production now, casting will begin soon, shooting is slated for June/July and the film should be finished and ready for festival submissions in August! 

Lori directing "IT DOESN'T MATTER" (with Ben Johnson as "Matter")
Lori directing "IT DOESN'T MATTER" (with Ben Johnson as "Matter")

Even though I've worked with "scripts", dialogue and actors before, I consider "Discontinuity" to be my first honest-to-goodness narrative short. My MFA thesis film  Millimeters (2007) and all of my TV segment style work, including IT DOESN'T MATTER (2012) and THIS IS MY SHOW (2009), were all made with experimental structures, performance limitations, dream logic or absurdity in mind, no budgets and me (most of the time) doing just about everything from shooting to theremin playing to editing and often performing.  This project, inspired in part by so many of narrative shorts I've seen while programming or attending film festivals, is giving me the chance to invite more people into the creation of a project, attempt to address a wider audience and see how much weirdness I can inject but still make a film that  has an emotional impact.

Also, budgets are amazing.  Especially if you're someone, like me, who usually makes her experimental films and oddball comedic videos with little money, lots of love and fierce resourcefulness.  Budgets are also amazing when you already work in a loving, giving community of makers who often trade labor for labor.  As a cinematographer, I've shot multiple shorts and features for the sheer joy filmmaking (and a few massage gift certificates).  In this situation, the love is certainly still present, but it's a wonderful thing to support the strong and growing Chicago film community that I've gotten to be a part of for almost 10 years.

from "BROKEN NEW: Drama" (2012)
from "BROKEN NEW: Drama" (2012)

I'll be inviting a lot of my frequent collaborators to work with me on this project and I'd love to show them what they're worth.  At one point we were all stupid kids together and now we're, like, professional and stuff.   Actors, cinematographers, sound designers...and I would love for this to be the first project where I can properly afford to pay all of these lovely people to put their best feet forward to help me make this film.

The funds will be used to pay for:

  • ACTORS
  • CATS & LOCATION
    It brings me great joy to be able to collaborate with Chicago's Tree House Humane Society, a cageless, no kill humane organization specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured stray cats.  I'm working with Tree House to ensure that we'll have a safe, comfortable environment for the cat-actors.
  • EQUIPMENT RENTAL
  • EDITING & SOUND DESIGN
  • MUSIC: I've got the one and only Fred Frith lined up to create an improvised score to the film.  If you want to know more about him and why I'm so excited about this, check out this interview I did with him for the Chicago Reader last year.

AND...I know I'm pushing the cat thing, but hey, cats sell.  You really don't have to love cats to be into this film.  Just focus on the people part and the idea that living creatures quietly move around us and have to put up with our arguments, egos and confusion.  Here's a old short, silent 16mm film of my cat. 

About FIXshorts:
Fandor has launched a new initiative called FIXshorts to help fund 5 short films from FIX filmmakers. Fandor will help promote and feature the films and guarantee distribution on the service when the films are completed! By donating $10 to all five campaigns you will receive a one year membership to Fandor.com.

Take a look at the other films that are a part of FIXshorts:

Ben Russell's  He Who Eats Children
Maximon Monihan's  Sea to Shining Sea
Maya Erdelyi's  Anyuka
David Schendel's  Dead Ink Archive


About Fandor:
Fandor is creating a community of film lovers and makers connected by meaningful and entertaining cinematic experiences. Fandor helps you find the right film to watch by presenting you with carefully selected independent films from around the world that will open your heart, feed your mind and heighten your senses. By investing in strategic partnerships with festivals (F|FA) and individual filmmakers (FIX), Fandor strongly believes in generating greater opportunities for filmmakers. Fandors award-winning films can be enjoyed through TV, desktop, and mobile devices. For more information, please visit www.Fandor.com

Risks and challenges

I'm going to make this film no matter what!

In my mind, my biggest challenges are in raising the quality and legibility of my work so it can reach a wider audience.

Short films need love. Films should be the length they are meant to be. This film is meant to be the length it is. It's not a calling card for a longer movie. I want it to be it's own entity. And when it's finished I want people to see it, share it and value it's brevity and focus.

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    A special screening that we work out together! If you're in the Chicagoland area, I can attend. If you're far away, I can Skype in (with a cat?). Could be this short plus other work-- We can work it out.

    Will likely happen in 2016.

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