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An existential comedy short about a man, two women, a copy of Hamlet, and a set of jumper cables, in a summer house in autumn.
An existential comedy short about a man, two women, a copy of Hamlet, and a set of jumper cables, in a summer house in autumn.
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249 Productions is raising money for an existential comedy set in Upstate New York. It’s a battle of the brain versus the heart, between a young guy who’s striving to get ahead and a mature woman who’s already at the top of her field, but who feels that success itself is meaningless.

Andy knows very little about women, and even less about theater, but he’s about to get a hard lesson. He arrives at the remote summer house of actress Holly Franz, who just scandalized Broadway by walking off a hit production of Hamlet. Avoiding the press, she has offered Andy’s struggling website an exclusive interview. The problem is, the site's theater writer - his girlfriend - just broke up with him, so he's come to interview Holly himself. He gets tossed from the interview before it even begins, but not before Holly's alluring assistant has commandeered his car to find some jumper cables, leaving him alone with the diva, out of cell phone range.

With a tour de force part in Holly, it’s a story that touches on the important topic of how the entertainment business mistreats middle-aged women. The depth of her despair, however, is much deeper than her feelings about her career, and she asks a question Andy can’t answer: If our important artists and intellectuals are so great, why is the world so beleaguered with problems? Then he gets his ass kicked!

An experienced team with a hilarious new script.
An experienced team with a hilarious new script.

A collaboration between director Teddy Schenck and producer Matthew Wiesner of 249 Productions and screenwriter Charles Bowe, the team is turning to Kickstarter to cover the costs of camera and equipment, location rental, and the unique expenses of renting lodging for the cast and crew, since it must be shot outside of New York City.

Billy Martin, the acclaimed percussionist of Medeski, Martin and Wood, is composing the score, collaborating with 249 Productions again after scoring their debut feature 7E.

Marco Franzoni, Director of Photography of 7E, is also returning for "Cell Phone Range."

Risks and challenges

Teddy Schenck and Matthew Wiesner previously produced the feature 7E, proving that we can deliver a quality film on a low budget. "Cell Phone Range" presents some unique challenges because of its remote location: a summer house way "off the grid" in the off season. One of the great challenges that micro budget features like ours often face is losing their talented people. Artists and crew have to take paid work when they can get it, and a delay of even a week or two will force us to make difficult choices: Do we postpone till our entire team is free again, or do we replace the artists? In the case of this production, we have the added factor of the unique setting in the fall New York State foliage.

We are blessed so far with a cast and behind-the-camera team that's committed to this story. Based on that, we're anticipating top-notch talent for the remaining spots, but how high is too high, if scheduling becomes too difficult or forces us to make changes to the script. A lot of sober decisions will have to be made.

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    …and a SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR (A Master of Fine Arts!) from our project will leave a soliloquy from Hamlet (by William Shakespeare!) ON YOUR VOICEMAIL! (Plus you’ll get an invitation to the reception, the apple sauce, the DVD, the poster or still, and the on-screen thank you.)

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    …and screenwriter-chef Charles Bowe will make you a HOME-COOKED INDIAN DINNER FOR FOUR. (“Charlie Bowe is that rare hybrid, a Polish-American screenwriter who cooks like an Indian grandmother.” – actor Samrat Chakrabarti. "He makes his own garam masala, he's crazy!" - Product Manager Amod Dange.) Outside the NYC or L.A. areas, alternative arrangements will be made.

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