We're making a film called NRAmerica and we need your help!
This is the story of a young girl who struggles to find courage in a society that has embraced the NRA as its salvation. As gun violence and school shootings increase at a staggering rate, the NRA's radical solutions are made policy. Teachers are armed, schools are fortified, and concealed carry is expected, but does it make them safer?
Over the past two decades, we have seen school shootings, and mass shootings in general, become an increasingly frequent occurrence. In the wake of these highly publicized tragedies, the call to action is loud and fervent on both sides of the aisle. However, as these events change from once every couple years to once a month, the calls to action are becoming increasingly radical.
The film NRAmerica is inspired by this debate. As the calls for gun legislation reform grow louder and gun rights activists fight back, a compromise seems further from reality than ever.
"We need to militarize our schools," "we need to teach our children to operate firearms", "we should develop shields for students' backpacks," "more armed guards," "more concealed carry," and perhaps most controversially, "we should arm the teachers" are a few examples of these radical solutions.
Well, what if we did that? What if we lived in a world where all of these ideas were implemented as policy? In our not too far off dystopian reality, the NRA is as powerful as government itself, and guns are as commonly carried as cell phones.
Raised in this world, a young girl survives a shooting at "the safest school in the country," and must make a fateful decision whether to retain the love of her pro-gun family or act on her opposing beliefs.
This film puts the value of family at the heart of the story, and challenges us to personify the people we disagree with, not as distant "talking heads" on TV, but rather as those we love most in this world.
We're excited to film this story on location in Florida. We plan to shoot in Florida not just for authenticity's sake, but also because our team hails from the state.
Director Albert Soratorio, writer Robert Shearer, producer David Penn, and casting director Claudine Quadrat all have roots in the state. We plan to use our connections to get as much mileage out of the budget as possible through donated locations, discounted gear, and university and college partnerships. By doing this, we will create a contingency cushion in our budget to ensure a finished product of the highest quality.
100% of our preproduction work comes from the donated time of incredible, generous, and passionate filmmakers who want to see this film made. Our budget will be allocated entirely to production and post-production.
Our production dates are currently set within the first week of September for a total of 7 filming days. Post-production will immediately follow. We plan to have a final cut by October 1st for immediate submission to both domestic and international film festivals.
The majority of our budget will be allocated to crew costs. As stated earlier, we strive to cut traditional costs in locations and equipment, leaving the crew as the largest portion of the budget to cover. Below is an estimation of how the funds will be allocated.
Aside from crew, the budget also covers costs for cast, certain equipment such as trucks for carrying gear and generators, flights for key crew members from Los Angeles, food, props, insurance, and post-production costs such as music and editing.
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DIRECTOR: Albert Soratorio
For the past 17 years, Albert has worked integrally with short and feature films as a director, producer, cinematographer, art director, & concept development artist; with involvement in projects all over the world. His background spans many forms of art, including multiple aspects of filmmaking, theater, fine art; as well as his previous military occupation in the medical field.
His life experience & zest for travel, allow for a unique sensitivity in visual & emotional storytelling that hails authenticity & originality. Born in Los Angeles, California; he as well has roots in Florida which his family calls a second home, spending one month out of each year in the Sunshine state.
PRODUCER: David Penn
David has served as a producer, director, screenwriter, college vice president, museum president and CEO, and Congressional Aide to former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell.
He has also served as the executive director, executive producer, and vice president for academic affairs at the animation and visual effects school located on the production backlot of Universal Studios Florida. David has produced various live action and animated short films, including an animated book trailer short film based on a children’s fable that was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won an Emmy Award for graphic arts and animation. He won an Emmy Award for producing an arts/entertainment program/special about standing up to bullies and fulfilling one’s dreams.
WRITER/PRODUCER: Robert Shearer
Robert grew up in Orlando, Florida, attended Barry University in Miami for 3 years where he received both an academic and athletic scholarship to play soccer. He then earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Central Florida. Though he moved to LA to pursue a career in the film industry, he's always had his Florida roots at heart as well as an urge to create films that tackle major social issues.
Robert has produced both feature and short films including his most recent collaboration with director Albert Soratorio in 2016 that dove into the debate surrounding excessive police brutality against minorities.
CASTING DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Claudine Quadrat
Claudine graduated from Princeton University with a degree in politics and minors in French and Italian. She's passionate about films that fuse genuine social issues with fictionalized drama in order to engage audiences and spark change. An actor herself, Claudine looks forward to assembling a dynamic cast with talented local actors.
Risks and challenges
We have an experienced team capable of adapting to unexpected obstacles during production. However, our biggest challenge is most likely not on set, but off it.
There is a good chance that a film that dives into such a hot topic in society will generate backlash. Some of it may even come from people we know personally.
Just as it is our artistic responsibility to make the best, most authentic film possible, we also have a social responsibility to be honest about the conflict and have a voice in the discussion. We must do our best to maintain a voice of reason in order to further constructive discussion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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