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An action-packed satire about a radical ex-professor and her gang of followers who kidnap famous news anchor Thomas Brookstone.

A short film about radicalizing the media …

UPDATE #3: BETSY BRANDT FROM AMC'S HIT TV SHOW "BREAKING BAD" WILL PLAY THE PROFESSOR!!! 

With one week left in the campaign, we are announcing our REACH GOAL of $14,750. Our total budget is $33,000, so we still need your help even though we reached our official Kickstarter Goal.  Thank you so much to all our supporters!

Synopsis 

THE PROFESSOR is an action-packed satire about a radical ex-Media Studies Professor and her gang of student followers who kidnap famous news anchor Thomas Brookstone and force him to read “The Real News” live on the internet as part of their campaign against corporate media. As the treatment of Brookstone becomes increasingly violent, the Professor’s most trusted student, George, starts to doubt her revolutionary cause.

Inspired by recent democratic protest movements throughout America and the world, THE PROFESSOR explores the role of new media in democracy and the dilemma of non-violent political action. 

Where will your money go? 

We are lucky to have all of our cast and crew contributing their talent and expertise for very little cost, but there are still numerous unavoidable expenses that come with making a film. We need to feed and house our 30-person cast and crew for a 6-day shoot in the woods. We need to rent locations, vehicles, and equipment, create complex original sets, costumes, and props, and be able to coordinate difficult stunts safely and realistically. After the shoot, we’ll be adding state-of-the-art visual effects, sound design, and music. 

Our goal throughout will be to create a bold, professional, original film that all of our donors and contributors can be proud of, and we assure you that not a single penny will go to waste in that process. We are incredibly grateful for your help in making this community-funded independent film! 

The Professor Team 

THE PROFESSOR is producer Perri Nemiroff’s MFA Thesis Film at Columbia University and will premiere in May 2013 at the Columbia University Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Directed by William Gerrard and Anya Meksin, it stars Rick Peters (Dexter, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, NCIS) as Thomas Brookstone and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3, Meet Monica Velour) as George. The screenplay was written by David Gerrard, William Gerrard, and Anya Meksin. 

PRODUCER — PERRI NEMIROFF

Already an experienced film reporter and critic, Perri enrolled in Columbia’s MFA Program for Creative Producing in the fall of 2010. While continuing to write for Movies.com and Cinemablend.com, amongst other online outlets, she’s created films that not only achieve a high caliber of technical quality, but also entertain. Her first short film, “FaceTime,” was named one of the top five shorts at the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival and her follow-up, “Trevor,” was featured in the Screen Actors Guild Showcase and is set to air on NYCTV. While at Columbia, Perri has earned a faculty nomination for the New York Women in Film and Television Scholarship as well as a grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her internship at Scott Rudin Productions. Most recently, Perri’s non-thesis film, “Child Eater,” won the IFP Audience Award at the Columbia University Film Festival and she was honored with the Brick Company Producing Prize.

WRITER/DIRECTOR - WILLIAM GERRARD 

William Gerrard was born in Queens and raised in Chappaqua, New York. He received his BA in Literature from Columbia University in 2005 and his MFA in Film Directing from Columbia’s School of the Arts in 2012. He has worked for Centrifugal Films, writing script coverage and working on sets, and at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, as an assistant to Douglas Steiner. He also served for two years as a teaching assistant to James Schamus for "Film Theory." He co-wrote and co-edited the award-winning short film “Temma”(directed by Anya Meksin) and has co-written several feature scripts, including “Taminex” and “Made Flesh.” Since the Occupy movement emerged in 2011, he has become an active citizen journalist, live streaming and writing about the protests for a local online magazine.

WRITER/DIRECTOR - ANYA MEKSIN

Anya Meksin is a Russian-born filmmaker whose short film “Temma” won Faculty Selects at the 2012 Columbia University Festival as well as a production grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her short “Berated Woman” was nationally broadcast on the Logo Network as part of "The Click List: Best in Short Film" and has screened at festivals worldwide. “Balka,” her documentary on drug use and HIV in Eastern Europe, was funded by the Open Society Institute and has screened at venues internationally and for over 60,000 viewers online. Anya received a BA in Literature from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts, where she also taught an undergraduate course in documentary filmmaking.

WRITER – DAVID GERRARD

David Gerrard is a New York-based writer and teacher. Born in Queens and raised in Chappaqua, he received his BA in Literature from Columbia University in 2003, and his MFA in Creative Writing in 2007 from Columbia's School of the Arts. David recently completed his first novel, “Short Century,” about a pro-war journalist whose sixties-radical past comes back to haunt him. He has also co-written two feature screenplays, “Hour Come Round” and “Made Flesh,” with his brother, William Gerrard.

THOMAS BROOKSTONE - RICK PETERS

Rick Peters (born June 1966 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor who has appeared in many films and television shows throughout a 20-year career. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Bobby Manning in “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye,” Admiral Brigman in the “Aquaman” pilot, and Elliot in the 4th season of “Dexter.” He currently resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

GEORGE - DUSTIN INGRAM

The child of two actors, Dustin Ingram began his acting career on the stage at age 6. He played opposite Kim Cattrall in the 2010 comedy, “Meet Monica Velour,” and recently starred in “Paranormal Activity 3.” He has also appeared on “Glee,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and numerous other TV shows and commercials. He is currently performing in and producing the feature film “The Prop is the Girl,” about rape culture in America.

CINEMATOPGRAPHER – JOHN WAKAYAMA CAREY

John Wakayama Carey (JP) is a cinematographer and producer currently attending the Columbia MFA Film Program. He graduated cum laude from Oregon State University with a B.S. in New Media Communications and has interned at Michaels/Goldwyn on the Paramount Pictures lot and at The Weinstein Company’s feature film and television department. He was the Associate Producer on “Ten Years Later,” an independent feature film shot in San Luis Obispo, CA and produced numerous commercials and viral online content while serving as a freelance producer to Consortium Films in Santa Monica. John established Wakayama Entertainment in 2006 with partners Cameron Carey and Adam Uyemura, as a label for his projects, which specialize in short film and music video cinematography.

PRODUCTION DESIGNER - NESLIHAN ARSLAN

Born in Turkey, Neslihan Arslan has worked as a Production Designer on numerous commercials, TV series, and short films, including Anya Meksin's "Temma." She has also worked in the Art Department on numerous feature films, both high and low budget. She received her MFA in Design for Stage and Film from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She received her BFA in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design from Bilkent University in Turkey.

COSTUME DESIGNER - LEEZA MEKSIN

Leeza Meksin is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a joint BA/MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. Leeza’s large-scale public installations have appeared in New York, New Haven, Philadelphia, and St. Louis, and her studio work has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. She is currently a faculty member at Tyler School of Art and a Visiting Professor at Ohio State University. She has over fifteen years’ experience as a designer for stage and film, and she co-directed the documentary “Balka.”

COMPOSER - JEFF McSPADDEN

Jeff McSpadden is a composer and multi-instrumentalist for film, television, advertising and new media whose work can be heard in projects ranging from independent films, television series and promotions (NBC, CBS, HBO, USA and History), national advertising and sonic branding campaigns (Ford, Verizon, DirecTV, Hasbro, Nabisco, V8 and Mitchum) as well as web, new media and various album projects. No matter the venue, Jeff’s focus is set on one goal: creating deep emotional connections through music. “The Professor” will be his fourth collaboration with writer/director Anya Meksin, following “Temma,” “Balka,” and “Berated Woman.” 

CO-PRODUCER - LINDSAY TOLBERT

CO-PRODUCER - REKA POSTA

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - BEN RUBIN

Ben Rubin is a New York based filmmaker who has produced over a dozen short films that have played at festivals across the world. After working as a political speechwriter and in communications in the world of electoral politics, he began pursuing film full time. He was an Associate Producer on the upcoming Science Fiction feature film, "In-World War," and is currently producing "Escape," a feature documentary film. He is currently in his final year of the MFA Creative Producing program at Columbia University where he won the 2012 HBO Young Producer's Award.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT - THERESA HYNES

Theresa is currently studying Television and Film at St. John's University while working at the University's Television Center. She is currently producing a mockumentary web series, ROOM AND BORED.

All of us thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making THE PROFESSOR possible!

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